T:slim pump has go-ahead and Apple-like features and screen

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Slimmer, color touch screen

Well it appears someone is listening to diabetes patients’ cry for devices that work-cool and look-cool. 

Today Tandem Diabetes Care announces it has approval from the FDA to market t:slim™, the smallest insulin pump with a color touch screen that works and looks more like your iphone.

Kim Blickenstaff, President and CEO of Tandem said, “In creating t:slim we spoke with more than 4,000 healthcare professionals and people with diabetes, and the clear message we heard was, “make it cool and make it uncomplicated to use.” 

While a traditional tubed pump, the t:slim is slimmer and has a rechargeable battery and USB connectivity to management software. 

t:slim launches the first half of 2012. The company is now putting customer support, sales and clinical and business operations in place in preparation.

For more product description, Amy Tenderich over at DiabetesMine breaks it all down – beautifully ;-).

Happy Insulin Day!

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Did you know that on this date — October 30 in 1920, Frederick Banting woke from his sleep and wrote down the method to isolate insulin? Don’t worry, I didn’t know either. A friend, who is an M.D., just sent this salutation to me in an email and it gave me a moment’s pause. Banting’s dreamed method was so on the mark that in January of 1922 he treated the first patient with type 1 diabetes successfully! In that regard I am very happy to wish you a fabulous insulin day.

Think today how lucky you are. Millions died from diabetes before insulin was discovered and had to subsist on starvation diets before their grizzly end. So, maybe on Happy Insulin Day we should all celebrate by indulging in a favorite food — pizza, Drake’s coffee cakes, cherry pie, mocha fudge ice cream (oops, my fantasies) — because we know we can manage it with insulin. And, yes, tomorrow is another day.