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December 22, 2014
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John Hughes

John Hughes is a computer programmer, writer, and business owner residing in Oregon.  He runs an in-home care business for seniors and disabled individuals with the goal of keeping people independent in their own homes as long as possible.

Diagnosed in July 1988 with type 1 diabetes, he was already familiar with the regimen he needed to follow because his 3 1/2 year old son was also a type 1 diabetic.  It became a team effort to check blood glucose levels, take shots of insulin, and eventually both got insulin pumps. He has been "pumping" since June 2000 and added a continuous glucose monitor in 2008.

Along the way he has done several clinical trials for diabetes related medications, like Lantus, and for a continuous glucose monitor.  He has also been a volunteer administrator for the Insulin Pumpers website, and written articles for diabetes magazines.  Currently he is working with some groups locally to give diabetes educational seminars and setting up a diabetes support group.


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“Sticking” with Your Pump


When you sweat, do your infusion sets come loose? This used to be a common occurrence for me, but I have found some useful tips I can pass on.

- Start with clean skin and stay away from soaps that contain skin softening agents because they will leave your skin oily and the set (READ MORE)




Echo Therapeutics


I wear an insulin pump and a CGMS device to constantly monitor my glucose levels.  This means I have 2 gizmos stuck into my body all of the time.  There is some new technology on the horizon that will make it possible to have a CGMS device without sticking a needle into your body.&nb (READ MORE)




iBGStar – Absolutely the smallest glucose meter I’ve ever used!


I have been playing with the iBGStar glucose meter from Sanofi Aventis for the past few days. Wow! This is a cool geek toy for diabetics! When I opened the box and saw how small the meter was, I was stunned. It is TINY! It is about 3 inches long and ¾-inch wide and can be used by itself or plu (READ MORE)




Artificial Pancreas: What’s On the Horizon


So last time we covered “what is an artificial pancreas” and now I will cover where we are today with developing it and when we might be able to get our hands on one. There are several groups working on these devices with varying approaches, but there are 2 fairly significant milestones that h (READ MORE)




Artificial Pancreas


I’ve been asked several times what is an “artificial pancreas?”  So let me attempt to explain what it is and how it works.  Conceptually it is a replacement for a pancreas that no longer works.  This is not physically replacing the existing pancreas; rather it is adding a mechan (READ MORE)




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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski
Michelle Kowalski Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes.   (Read More)
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