Diabetes as the Trojan Horse of Digital Health

Originally, a Trojan horse referred to the wooden horse used to cunningly penetrate and conquer the city of Troy by the Greeks. In our era, the term has been adapted to describe disguised malwares that attack unsuspecting users’ computers and wreak havoc once inside. Judging by the title of this article, how then can a condition as serious as diabetes help move the digital health agenda forward? Computer generated 3D illustration with the Trojan Horse at Troy, source: http://codingtidbit.com/ Once upon a time, empowered patients started a revolution…  It all begins with a crippling speed of bureaucracy and empowered patients who have had enough. One of the most awaited devices to help in diabetes care was, for a painfully long time, the artificial pancreas. The latter would replace patients’ malfunctioning pancreas with an advanced technology that creates a closed-loop-system constantly measuring the glucose level while communicating with an insulin pump to administer insulin and glucagon in the right amount at the right time automatically. This would prevent serious complications like the dead-in-bed syndrome, where patients die in their sleep due to low blood glucose level while asleep and their inability to correct it in time. Alas, with regulation lagging behind, medtech companies failed to deliver such a device. This blatant failure of medical hardware companies and regulatory bodies forced diabetic patients to take matters into t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: E-Patients Future of Medicine Healthcare Design diabetes digital health diabetes management patient design Source Type: blogs

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Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: Phytomedicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Authors: Di Lullo L, Bellasi A, Guastamacchia E, Triggiani V, Ronco C, Lavalle C, Di Iorio BR, Russo D, Cianciolo G, La Manna G, Settembrini S Abstract Diabetes mellitus, with its complications, is one of the major health problems in economically developed countries and its prevalence is constantly increasing. Kidneys and heart involvement represent main comorbidities in diabetic patients often leading to organ's failure. The treatments available until a few years ago are often associated with hypoglycemia, weight gain, gastro-intestinal disorders and other side effects together with serious averse effects on renal...
Source: Minerva Cardioangiologica - Category: Cardiology Tags: Minerva Cardioangiol Source Type: research
Authors: De Vecchis R, Paccone A, Di Maio M Abstract BACKGROUND: The MacNew questionnaire in its original version is a diagnostic tool which consists of a number of questions answered on a seven-point scale. Among the multiple possible choices, each marked by a box, the examined patient will have to tick only one. In fact, more than one answer for each proposed question is not allowed, for the formulation of the final score. Global and subscale( physical, social and emotional subscales) scores are computed by dividing the sum of the scores achieved for each individual item by the number of items listed in the quest...
Source: Minerva Cardioangiologica - Category: Cardiology Tags: Minerva Cardioangiol Source Type: research
Authors: Cao M, Zhou M, Zhang J Abstract Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) beyond second line treatment have a poor prognosis. Regorafenib, TAS-102, fruquintinib, panitumumab and cetuximab are recommended single-agent chemotherapy regimens for patients exhibiting disease progression, this meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of these regimens in randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Eight RCTs with 3,832 cancer patients were included. Results showed that there was no significant difference in OS and PFS among the four drugs when comparing all patients or patients who have the KRAS ...
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Source: Breast Disease - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Breast Dis Source Type: research
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Source: Radiation Physics and Chemistry - Category: Physics Source Type: research
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Source: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal - Category: Biotechnology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Molecular Structure - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Colorectal Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Clin Transl Immunology Source Type: research
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