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'Artificial Pancreas' for Diabetics with Dangerous Blood Sugar Levels

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: • References: cbc and jdrf.org
An ‘Artificial Pancreas’ system using pumps and monitors to improve blood sugar control in diabetes patients has been tested in a medical trial by researchers from Britain’s Cambridge University and shown to keep blood sugar levels within the normal range 60% of the time.

Children with Type 1 diabetes were given a matchbox-sized monitor and a like-sized pump fitted with a tube to deliver insulin into the body. The device was able to stabilize blood sugar and reduce the amount of time that blood sugar remained at a dangerous level by half.