Cheaper pumps for Australian Kids

February 25, 2010

The Australian government announced yesterday an enhancement to the pumps subsidy program for children which could help in the path towards universal insulin pump adoption for people with Type 1 Diabetes.

In an article published in their regular newsletter, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation indicates that theĀ  “Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon MP, has announced an expansion of the Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump Program, with a dramatically increased government subsidy of up to 80% of the purchase price of an insulin pump.

The program was first launched in 2008 and provides a means-tested subsidy towards the purchase of an insulin pump for children under 18 who do not have access to private health insurance.

In Australia insulin pumps can cost up to $8,000, making them a medically desirable but unaffordable option for many without private health rebates.

Children under 18 with type 1 diabetes will now be eligible, on the recommendation of a health professional, for a subsidy of up to 80% of the cost of an insulin pump, to a maximum of $6,400 and a minimum of $500.”

Interestingly, the JDRF has also created a form in the website so members from the public can send thank you notes to the Minister.

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Cheeseburgers may not be bad after all

February 18, 2010

A new report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has combined results of 21 academic studies and determined that there is no evidence of any links between satudared fat and heart disease.

In the past, “Research has shown that saturated fat can raise blood levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and elevated LDL is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Because of this, experts generally advise people to limit their intake of fatty meat, butter and full-fat dairy.

The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that adults get no more than 7 percent of their daily calories from the fat; for someone who eats 2,000 calories a day, that translates into fewer than 16 grams of saturated fat per day.

But in the new analysis, which combined the results of 21 previous studies, researchers found no clear evidence that higher saturated fat intakes led to higher risks of heart disease or stroke.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, may sound like good news for steak lovers, but a past AHA president cautioned against “over interpreting” the results.

“No one is saying that some saturated fat is going to harm you…people should enjoy their food,” said Dr. Robert H. Eckel, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.

But, he pointed out, many studies have shown that dietary saturated fat can raise people’s cholesterol, and the new analysis is not going to change recommendations to keep saturated fat intake in check.

Perhaps more importantly, though, Eckel said that the thinking on diet and heart health is moving away from a focus on single nutrients and toward “dietary patterns.”

The full story is avalable here

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Animas heir dies from bad Diabetes control?

February 5, 2010

Shocking news have circulated the internet that Casey Johnson has died from Diabetes Ketoasidosis, a complication often associated with poor diabetes management. “Dr. Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner in New York City, said Johnson probably slipped into a diabetic coma, but people can usually be resuscitated from that in the first 24 hours.”

Johnson, the daughter of New York Jets owner Robert “Woody” is also the heir to the Johnson & Johnson health care products fortune. Of course, Johnson & Johnson is the owner of Animas corporation, one of the biggest makers of Insulin pumps.

One can only begin to imagine the effect this unfortunate event will have on Animas. Johnson lived a party life. In December, she announced her engagement to bisexual reality TV star Tila Tequila. Its very sad that someone with all the resources to have great control of the condition has ended this way.