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A study says that the International Life

Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a food industry

front group, despite the fact its mission is

to "improve the wellbeing of the general

public." The co-authors are calling for the

group to be recognised as a private sector

entity rather than an independent scientific

non-profit. Using documents obtained

by U.S. Right to Know via state public

records requests, the study - published

in Public Health Nutrition - uncovered "a

pattern of activity in which ILSI sought

to exploit the credibility of scientists and

academics to bolster industry positions

and promote

The study reveals how ILSI promotes

the interests of the food and agrichemical

industries, including:

• ILSI's role in defending controversial

food ingredients and suppressing

unfavourable views to the industry

• that corporations such as CocaCola can earmark contributions to ILSI for

specific programmes

• how ILSI uses academics for their

authority but allows industry-hidden

influence in their publications.

The study also reveals new details

about which companies fund ILSI and its

branches. For example, ILSI's draft 2013

Internal Revenue Service form 990 shows

that it received $337,000 from CocaCola, and more

than $100,000 each from

Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences,

Pioneer Hi-Bred, Bayer Crop Science and


ILSI is incorporated as a non-profit

organisation, based in Washington DC

with 17 branches across the world. It

was founded in 1978 by Alex Malaspina,

a former senior vice president of CocaCola. Read the latest study HERE.

Retina International is asking for the views

and experiences of people and their

caregivers living with wet Age-related

Macular Degeneration (wet AMD) and

Diabetes-related Macular Edema

(DME). More than 200m people are

affected by AMD and DME worldwide.

The surveys, which have been co-created

by patients, will help people advocating

for improvements to the delivery of care

to better understand

the challenges that currently exist and

identify improvements to care pathways

and develop robust policies. Click on

the relevant survey links here if you can

contribute information:

Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration

(wet AMD) Patient Survey

Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration

(wet AMD) Caregiver Survey

Diabetes-related Macular Edema

(DME) Patient Survey

Diabetes-related Macular Edema

(DME) Caregiver Survey

Later this year it will be possible to update

the t:slim X2 Insulin Pump to Control-IQ

technology, via an optional software


Control-IQ technology is an advanced

hybrid closed-loop system that uses an

algorithm to automatically adjust insulin in

response to predicted glucose levels to

help increase time in range. As with the

Basal-IQ update in 2019, the process

for the Control-IQ update will be via the

Tandem Device Updater (TDU). Users of

the pump will be able to log in at home

and, using a unique identification number,

be able to initiate the download of the new

software to their pump. The company is

working towards a Control-IQ software

launch date in July 2020.

A statement made on 18 May 2020 by

Air Liquide, which distributes the Tandem

t:slim insulin pump system in the UK, says,

"As people may be able to appreciate,

ensuring thorough training of our internal

staff during the COVID-19 restrictions

has been a challenge. We are currently

working hard to put all the required

training, processes and procedures in

place to ensure that every patient who

requires the update has received approval

from their HCP and is able to undertake

the appropriate training -which must be

completed before we rollout the launch to

our patients."

Control-IQ isn't a compulsory update

and users of the t:slim X2 who don't

wish to update to the new software can

continue to use their G5 or Basal-IQ

enabled pumps as normal.

The statement continues, "We would

like to thank the patients and the clinics

we work with for their patience whilst we

finalise the groundwork for the updates."

Tandem's Customer Service team is

based in South Shields and is available

24/7: 0800-012-1560.




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