Apple Watch Could Revolutionize Diabetes Care

by David Ahn, MD (@AhnCall), Iltifat Husain, MD

David Ahn MD is currently finishing his fellowship in Endocrinology

AppleWatchOne of the most impressive takeaways of the recently announced Apple Watch was its individuality: a unique interface, brand new input methods, and a whole new ecosystem for innovative third party apps.

I immediately thought of my patients with diabetes who currently carry up to four separate electronic devices in their pockets to manage all their technology: a smartphone, a glucometer, an insulin pump controller, and a continuous glucose monitor receiver.

As diabetes companies are already scrambling to make their next generation of products compatible with the iPhone to eliminate the bulk of extra devices, the Apple Watch could provide glanceable information and eliminate the need to reach into your pocket or purse. With its Taptic engine that can produce a “tactile sensation that’s recognizably different for each kind of interaction,” you won’t even have to glance at your wrist.

The Current Problem: Too Many Devices

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Central Coast IndustrialCare’s Winning Booth at Santa Maria Trade Fair

Marisol Perez as Miss Liberty at Santa Maria Business Trade Show
Marisol Perez of Central Coast Industrial Care dressed for the patriotic theme at the Santa Maria Valley Business Trade Show on Thursday at the Santa Maria Fairpark. She was photographed by Susan Berban. Click photo for interview.

A patriotic theme was the natural choice for the Santa Maria Valley Business Trade Show, held this year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

So the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau chose “American Pride” as the theme for this year’s event in the Santa Maria Fairpark.

The choice inspired business owners and employees to decorate their booths — and themselves — in red, white and blue or don costumes from American history.

Some booths were decorated to represent historical events, while others paid homage to American heroes like firefighters, police and military personnel.


OSHAConsidering New Reporting Procedures For Work Injuries


DWC_logoOSHA is concerned that injury reporting may be inaccurate because employers may have policies that discourage employees from reporting injuries.  Therefore, OSHA is considering three provisions:

1) A requirement that employers inform their employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses free from discrimination or retaliation;

2) A provision requiring that any injury and illness reporting requirements established by the employer be reasonable and not unduly burdensome; and,

3) A prohibition against disciplining employees for reporting injuries or illnesses.

OSHA is asking the following questions:

* Do you or does your employer currently inform employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses?  If so, please describe how and when this information is provided.

* Are there any difficulties or barriers an employer might face in trying to provide such information to its employees?  If so, please describe them.

* How might an employer best provide this information:  orally to the employee, through a written notice, posting or in some other manner?


Top 10 Excuses For Not Reducing Work Comp Costs

  1. Too costly, something that in reality is a misperception, referring to the cost containment process;Top 10 illustration
  2. The business is decentralized and its operating units are in fact autonomous;
  3. The company is centralized, thereby making it unable to have any sort of influence on the operating units’ decision-making;
  4. The business is unionized, therefore the union will forbid it from making the necessary changes (in most cases, this is simply false);
  5. A business that is too large (one with an abundant amount of silos, regulation and inflexibility) or too small (too few resources) can’t decrease costs;
  6. The business simply believes it is unable to have a return to work program;
  7. The company believes it is unable to produce modified or transitional positionsin its environment;
  8. The company’s management does not back them (bad take in order to achieve commitment);
  9. In fact, the claimant’s (plaintiff) attorneys are the root of the problem, making it imepossible for the company to improve;
  10.  Those businesses based in other countries with U.S. operations claim there is too much litigation in America.By  

Tell Your Employees to Go to Sleep?

Healthy sleep duration linked to less sick time from work

Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

sleeping-on-the-jobNew research suggests that sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night is associated with the lowest risk of absence from work due to sickness. The results underscore the importance of the “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society and other partners.

Results show that the risk of an extended absence from work due to sickness rose sharply among those who reported sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours per night. Further analysis found that the optimal sleep duration with the lowest risk of sickness absence from work was between 7 and 8 hours per night: 7 hours, 38 minutes for women and 7 hours, 46 minutes for men. Insomnia-related symptoms, early morning awakenings, feeling more tired than others, and using sleeping pills also were consistently associated with a significant increase in workdays lost due to sickness. Continue reading Tell Your Employees to Go to Sleep?