Is An Artificial Pancreas On The Way?

A recent study shows real promise towards needle-free management of type 1 diabetes. In July, a research team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital together with scientists from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts described the design of an artificial pancreas for children and adults with type 1 diabetes. The device successfully passed many of the tests required for first trials in patients.

As of 2014, over 38 million people worldwide have type 1 diabetes and the prevalence of this disease seems to be on the rise. Once patients receive a diagnosis, they must follow highly regimented diets, closely monitor their blood sugar levels, and take daily insulin injections. Although these methods have improved the lives of those with type 1 diabetes, there is still a need for a more natural solution for sensing and producing insulin.

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