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Nothing beats a blood test (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 | 0 Comments
While CGM and other on-body sensor technology continue to make waves in diabetes care, many of us are still using relatively old-fashioned ‘finger stick’ blood testing meters. Here’s an overview of the meter market, by Sue Marshall, editor. The lancing device, lancet, fingerprick, read more »

Family-wide support

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 | 0 Comments
Ascensia Diabetes Care launched their campaign for World Diabetes Day 2018 to celebrate the important role of families for people with diabetes by publishing 38 online artworks that tell the stories of how families support, inspire and impact people with diabetes and read more »

Latest issue: Know your rights about blood test strips, plus Screen Time (part 2, meters)

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 | 0 Comments
In the news: £40m commitment from the NHS for improved diabetes care. Diabetes UK’s Food Upfront includes a petition to sign to urge the government and foos suppliers to improve labels with a view to helping with diabetes control. If you want read more »

Newer, smarter app for Contour Next One users

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 | 0 Comments
Ascensia’s Contour Next One meter (front) and smartphone Contour Diabetes app (back). As of today there is a newer, smarter app that works with Ascensia’s Contour Next One blood test meter. An update on the existing app – and available for free from read more »

FreeStyle Libre sensor stickers from a T1 wanting to share some fun

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 | 0 Comments
Stephanie Haack (pictured) was diagnosed with T1D seven years ago and to a great extent was self-diagnosed, thanks to the internet. She says, “I Googled thirst and tiredness. The search results were pretty clear. The next day, the doctors made it official. read more »

Pink edition Accu-Chek Mobile blood test system

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Accu-Chek Mobile system now has a Limited Pink Edition. The Accu-Chek Mobile system is one of the leading blood glucose monitoring systems in the UK and ROI. Since it was launched to the market in 2009, it has made blood glucose read more »

Colour-coded blood test results

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 | 2 Comments
The new One Touch Select Plus is the new meter from Lifescan features a neat 3-colour ‘Range Indicator’ that shows your test result to be blue, green or red indicating if you are low, in range or high. You can personalize these read more »

Abbott’s Freestyle Libre — an update on availability

Monday, January 11th, 2016 | 0 Comments
How Abbott brought its Libre sensor and reader to the diabetes marketplace Abbott has announced the creation of a high-production line for making its Libre flash glucose monitoring system. It means that improved availability of its in-demand sensors will be a reality by read more »

Blood Test Meters What the new ISO requirements mean to you

Monday, November 30th, 2015 | 0 Comments
New ISO (International Organization for Standardization) performance requirements will come into effect in May 2016, requiring higher accuracy for blood glucose meters and for all of them to reach a specified standard. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) updated the standard relating to read more »

Diabetes Glucolog Lite app from Menarini

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 | 0 Comments
The GlucoMen Areo, the newest blood test meter from Menarini (see KIT on p.) , features QuickLink technology. This uses NFC (Near Field Communication), the technology that is used for contactless payments with your debit card (if enabled). NFC is currently NOT read more »