Happy Friday, and enjoy your holiday, everyone! I'd like to share a few good reasons to smile (in no particular order):
* Please listen to Weird Al Yankovich singing "I LOVE MY PANCREAS" on YouTube. To my mind, this is just about the funniest thing related to diabetes anyone ever said or did. I've already played it about 6 times since yesterday afternoon -- and getting ready to download it to my new electric-green iPod Nano (yes, I've joined the digital music age at last! Happy Hanukkah to me...)
* Check out the annual Medical Weblog Awards over at Medgadget. This year, they've added a category for the "best patient blog," and from the diabetes community, myself and Kerri have both been nominated! Neat! Some folks are starting to post endorsements as well. Thank you, Ms. Difficult Patient.
NEWSFLASH: FDA Clears Dexcom Share Direct
Dexcom gets regulatory approval of its 'on-the-go' mobile apps for CGM data-sharing.
Snail Uses Insulin to Poison Fish
New study shows these slow-moving creatures use toxic form of insulin to capture prey.
A New Square Patch Insulin Pump
TouchéMedical's new Bluetooth-enabled patch pump is supposedly the world's smallest and cheapest.
* The UN Resolution on Diabetes has passed!! The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Unite for Diabetes campaign has been successful in promoting this landmark resolution recognizing the global threat of the diabetes epidemic: "For the first time, governments have acknowledged that a non-infectious disease poses as serious a threat to world health as infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria." In practical terms, this means "the struggle will now focus on helping and encouraging governments worldwide to develop national policies to improve diabetes care and prevention." Hopefully, this gives struggling PWDs in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and elsewhere a reason to smile this holiday season as well.