Pioneering 'Fake' pancreas helps Type 1 diabetics
A pioneering artificial pancreas has been hailed a success after its first long-term test by patients.
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.