Have you ever wondered how your diabetes would react if you were able to test it under “laboratory conditions”. Well I came pretty close last week-damn close to being the perfect diabetic-for 5 and a half hours anyway. Continue readingTweet
Ok, So I was feeling a bit snarky… it’s true though <sigh>
That is all 🙂Tweet
Time and again I find myself nodding at conferences or lectures when I hear a “patient’s” story of how the internet has or does make a huge difference to their quality of life/management of a medical condition or disease and its treatments. So it was again as I listened to e-patient Dave who told his story of engagement with the healthcare system following his diagnosis with stage 4 renal cancer.
Dave’s basic request “let patients help” seems unassuming enough and his definition of ’empowerment’ also seems like a modest aspiration. Continue readingTweet
Before I attended ADS-ADEA’s Annual Scientific Meeting I did a little survey of what people with diabetes were most interested in hearing about at conferences. As the survey was largely completed by my friends in the D world, it is unsurprising that they were almost entirely type 1s and most had had diabetes for at least 20 years. The topics of most interest were new technology, research with only a few more saying stuff that was relevant to life with D now as opposed to the cure and psychosocial issues. Many people also said the main benefit to them of attending D conferences was the opportunity to socialise with other people with diabetes.
So here’s my best effort at rounding up the categories of most interest from ADS-ADEA 2017:
It’s true get over it!
Do you hear any sensible person saying things like
“Don’t look at any television news/read the newspapers or news magazines because they’re full of false information and negativity.” or
“I never go to parties or social gatherings because they’re full of negative people or somebody might say something that’s untrue to me.”
No? Funny that neither do I. Of course the simple and obvious answer to comments like that is to choose your media source and/or your social events more carefully and be discerning about what news or information you view as credible. Continue readingTweet
It’s always great when a piece of research confirms what you know to be true but others have doubted. It was super good timing when I came across this great finding published just a couple of weeks ago in the Journal of Internet Medical Research, 2017, August 17 19 (8):e 280
Engaged patients increase information flow, expand propagation and deepen engagement in the conversation of tweets compared to physicians and scientists.
It concludes that Continue readingTweet