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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Pioneering 'Fake' pancreas helps Type 1 diabetics

John von Radowitz

Published 16/06/2014|02:30

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Adults with Type 1 diabetes used the new machine.
Adults with Type 1 diabetes used the new machine.

A pioneering artificial pancreas has been hailed a success after its first long-term test by patients.

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The device is worn outside the body and linked to a glucose sensor under the skin.

A group of 24 adults with Type 1 diabetes used the machine each night for four weeks in their own homes and achieved more consistent glucose control. It was the first time in the world that such a device has been used for more than a couple of days without medical supervision.

Blood sugar levels are measured and the information transmitted to an insulin pump, which releases just the right amount of the hormone. Type 1 diabetes destroys insulin-making islet cells in the pancreas, making it necessary to have regular injections of insulin.

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