Diabetes

By Dave Muoio October 18, 2017
Efforts to build artificial pancreas (AP) systems under open protocols will get a boost from JDRF, a multinational group that funds Type 1 diabetes research and other programs. The organization has announced a new initiative to not only provide funds for these DIY and frequently reverse engineered projects, but will also provide the regulatory and liability guidance necessary for a public release...
By Dave Muoio October 16, 2017
A novel artificial pancreas (AP) system with a smartphone backbone could automatically monitor and adjust patients' glucose levels with little to no hassle, according to a new clinical study published in the journal Diabetes Care. Unlike previously examined AP systems, the newest iteration — which consists of an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring receiver, a Bluetooth-connected...
By Dave Muoio October 16, 2017
Seattle-based Wellpepper, developers of a digital patient engagement service, have been announced the winners of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge for their voice-enabled diabetes support platform Sugarpod. Consisting of a scale, foot scanner, and mobile interface along with a Amazon Alexa voice functionality, Sugarpod is designed to support type 2 diabetes care plans by integrating engagement and...
By Jonah Comstock September 13, 2017
Mountain View, California-based Livongo Health, the chronic condition management technology company founded by former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman, has acquired Diabeto, a diabetes management company based in Piscataway, New Jersey in the US and Maharashtra in India. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Though it was founded in 2012, Diabeto really hit the scene in 2015 with an...
By Jeff Lagasse August 28, 2017
NxStage Medical, a medical technology outfit focused on advancing renal care, has received clearance from the FDA for its System One, which allows for solo home hemodialysis, without a care partner, during waking hours.   The company received its first clearance for home hemodialysis from the FDA in 2005, and in 2014 was cleared for home nocturnal hemodialysis. Since then, NxStage estimates that...
By Jeff Lagasse August 21, 2017
IBM and JDRF, a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research, are joining forces. The collaboration will develop machine learning methods and use them to analyze years of Type 1 research data to pinpoint the factors that can contribute to the onset of the condition in children.   Type 1 diabetes  -- T1D for short -- affects about 1.25 million Americans, and to date does not have a cure....
By Jeff Lagasse August 16, 2017
Diabetes therapy management software company Glytec has just secured its fourth FDA clearance, adding a slew of capabilities to its Glucommander product, the core of its eGlycemic Management System.   This latest FDA clearance incorporates some of the product enhancements that have been suggested by the company’s user community, including a titration module designed expressly for inpatients...
By Jeff Lagasse July 17, 2017
Abbott and Bigfoot Biomedical have entered into an agreement to develop and commercialize diabetes management systems, integrating Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology with Bigfoot's insulin delivery solutions.    Under the agreement, Abbott will supply glucose measurement sensors for all of Bigfoot's insulin delivery systems in the U.S. as the exclusive sensors for those systems...
By Jeff Lagasse July 17, 2017
Novo Nordisk and Glooko are working together to help people manage diabetes from their phones. The companies have partnered on the Cornerstones4Care Powered by Glooko, an app melding Novo Nordisk’s knowledge of diabetes and personalized patient support with Glooko’s digital platform and data analytics know-how. The idea behind the app is to provide, for people with diabetes, a means of measuring...
By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2017
While it may or may not be working on a secret glucose wearable, Apple has definitely upgraded its HealthKit app framework to provide more tracking options for people with diabetes. In addition, the company made some other upgrades to both the HealthKit and ResearchKit frameworks. Apple engineers shared these updates at WWDC earlier this month. “Our users love using Apple products to help manage...