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It’s been an exciting summer in terms of developing technology that can significantly impact those living with Type 1 Diabetes.
In 2013, a Boston-based group began testing a bionic pancreas and we’re starting to see some very positive results. Young people including 7 year-old Zara Cheek from Baltimore and others around the US are reporting feeling steady as they use the device with significant lifestyle improvements.
“This is not a cure,” said study coauthor Edward Damiano, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University who holds a patent on the software that makes the automatic dosing decisions. “It’s taking diabetes management to its ultimate potential and unburdens people with type 1 diabetes from thinking about all the things that go into managing diabetes every day of their lives.” – Boston Globe, June 16, 2014
BC Diabetes medical director and diabetes specialist, Dr. Tom Elliott, sees the potential for patients.
“This is an exciting research development that we hope to be translated into clinical practice in the next 3 to 5 years.”
It is forecast that this device could become available in the US by 2017. For some insight into the study, check out the official video.