Diabetes devices may interfere with avalanche beacon signals

April 9, 2015 6:48 PM

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(Reuters Health) - - Hikers and winter sports aficionados who venture deep into snow country and get caught in an avalanche may find emergency beacons are less effective if the searcher is also using a diabetes monitor or insulin pump, according to a small study.

"The potential for interference between a diabetes device and an avalanche beacon (in search mode) is increased if both devices are held in close proximity and reduced if they are separated," said lead author Dr. Steven Miller, a researcher at North Shore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

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