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Improving US access to Eversense

Ascensia Diabetes Care has launched a patient assistance

programme in the US to provide broader access to its

Eversense CGM system. Under the programme eligible

patients starting or continuing with the Eversense CGM

System will need to pay the first $100 of their out-ofpocket

costs. Ascensia will then cover up to $300 of the

remaining balance for each 90-day sensor. Any additional

costs will be the system user's responsibility. There is

no news yet as to this programme becoming available in

the UK.

Mary Puncochar, Head of Ascensia's Region US,

commented: "We hear from people living with diabetes

and their healthcare providers how transformative the

Eversense system can be in facilitating their diabetes

management. People using the system appreciate

how Eversense provides discretion with a removable

transmitter, peace of mind through the on-body alerts,

and the freedom that a 90-day sensor provides."

The Eversense CGM System consists of an implanted

fluorescence-based sensor, a smart transmitter worn over

the sensor, and a mobile app for displaying glucose values,

trends and alerts. The transmitter can also be removed,

recharged and re-attached to the skin without discarding

the sensor. The sensor is inserted subcutaneously in the

upper arm by a health care provider.

For more on Eversense, CLICK HERE.

Diabetes UK Cymru has awarded the John Macleod

medal to a man living with Type 1 diabetes for 70

years. Reverend Dr John Dann, 88, from Cardiff,

was diagnosed when he was 17 just before going to

university when he fell into a diabetic coma.

Dr Dann said: "I was weak, I was tired, I was

thin, I didn't know what was wrong with me until I

collapsed. My parents were told I may not survive.

But I pulled through. Diabetes management was

completely different then. The needles were

terrible, a lot thicker, and there were no insulin

pens available. It was very hard."

He was advised not to move far from home,

so he didn't take a place at Oxford University and

opted for Cardiff University. After graduating

with a chemistry degree, he became a teacher

in England, and then at his old school, Cathays

High in Cardiff. "I never stopped learning and now

have five degrees including law, philosophy and

education", he added.

Dr Dann uses a FreeStyle Libre and four insulin

injections a day. Asked about what his secret for a

long life with diabetes is, he said: "My advice is, be

careful, treat it with respect, treat it seriously, but

not too seriously. That's the way I have always lived.

You have to be sensible, don't ignore it, but don't let

it dominate you." He also mentioned how important

the Diabetes UK Cardiff Volunteer group, which he

chaired, had been "an opportunity to meet people,

discuss and help each other."

The John Macleod medal was established in

memory of the biochemist and doctor, who was

awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923 for the discovery

of insulin, jointly with Frederick Banting.

LIVINGLIVING

be delivered with its dime-sized patch.

Based on technology originally developed

at the University of Queensland, Vaxxas'

HD-MAP includes a 9-by-9 mm array

of thousands of very short projections

around 250 microns in length. Invisible to

the naked eye and coated with vaccine,

the projections can quickly deliver vaccine

to immune cells.

Vaxxas also claims that the patches

can deliver vaccine more efficiently - a

positive when people around the world are

clamouring for a vaccine against COVID19. The

company points to a recent

clinical study in which their micropatch

delivering a sixth of an influenza vaccine

dose produced an immune response

comparable to a full dose by intramuscular

injection. A two-thirds dose by HD-MAP

generated significantly faster and higher

overall antibody responses.

Because a vaccine is dried onto the

patch, the vaccines are stable outside

of cold-chain (they do not have to be

refridgerated), a potential answer to the

question of how to keep a traditional

COVID-19 vaccine cold in developing

countries and even developed countries.

Vaccines delivered through HD-MAP in

the clinical study stayed stable at 40oC

(104o F) for 12 months.

EDIT COMMENT: It's a different use

for patch, in the diabetes sector at this

stage, sensors are used to sense glucose,

not deliver drugs, but it's not beyond the

realms of reason that a similar micropatch

could be used for such a purpose in the

future to deliver diabetes medications.

Life Sport Diabetes

Mel Stephenson-Grey's home workout

circuit consists of six different exercises.

She explains, "With each exercise we'll

do consecutively for 30 seconds and then

rest for 30 seconds. If someone is new to

fitness or this type of activity, they might

choose to take a longer rest between

each exercise, for say a minute or two.

Once all of the exercises are completed,

we then take a six-minute rest (which

again is adaptable) and once recovered,

we repeat the circuit all over again."

Stephenson-Grey took part in the

London 2012 Olympics Games torch

relay and still trains (prior to lockdown) at

the track and in the gym. The exercises

she does include standing squats, pressups, the

plank, lunges, the superman

pose (when the opposite arm and leg are

stretched out) and sit ups.

She says, "This type of fitness session

is inspired by the type of session I've often

done with my training group over the

years, particularly at the start of the winter

or summer training season, as it helps

build strength and fitness as a foundation

to move onto other things. It works the

arms, legs and core areas throughout

the session, which can be helpful when

training a lot, because no one area is

necessarily over-worked or strained."

The home workout videos have been

accepted by many in the community.

She adds, "I'm sharing what training

sessions work for me. Please remember

that you know your own fitness, health

and diabetes best. Seek medical advice

if you are concerned about undertaking

physical activity."

Home workouts with Mel Stephenson-Grey of Life Sport Diabetes.

www. lifesportdiabetes.co.uk

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