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December 31, 2012

I think people have had the view that we don’t need strict control from day one. I think that view is completely wrong. Start early. Keep low. Stay low.”

– Dr. Rury Holman (Oxford University, Oxford, UK) at the Second Global Diabetes Summit at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, November 15-17, 2012.

I can't tell you how incredibly exciting this is, and how much fun it is to be able to walk around with a smartphone and know it's doing all this stuff for me… In 2006 there were those who said this could not be done. But JDRF said, ‘this can be done.’ … and now we are delivering.”

Tom Brobson (JDRF, Roanoke, VA) in a YouTube video detailing his positive experience wearing a smartphone-based artificial pancreas for three days, including meals out at restaurants.

Video is here, video is real, and the cost is down to nothing. It’s consumer-grade, so it’s almost boundless at this point.”

– Dr. Andrew Watson (Executive Director of Telemedicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh) on the potential of videoconference healthcare at the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC, December 3-5, 2012.

Often when we start treating a patient with an A1c of 8-9%, we get them down to 7% and then wait until it goes back up. The question that comes to mind is, why do we not start with combination therapy from the beginning.”

– Dr. Itamar Raz (Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel) discussing the limits of monotherapy at the 2012 Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension in Barcelona, Spain, November 8-11, 2012.

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