Experimental Artificial Pancreas Controls Blood Sugar In Diabetics
By Mike Boyle

Scientists have developed a computerized system for diabetics that takes the guesswork out of controlling their disease, reports VOANews.com. The prototype artificial pancreas monitors and regulates the amount of glucose, or sugar, in the blood of people with type 1 diabetes.

Edward Damiano, a biomedical engineer at Boston University in Massachusetts has joined with scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital to develop a computer program designed to run a system they call an artificial endocrine pancreas.

The system utilizes existing diabetic technology. The computer program continuously takes in data from a glucose monitor inserted into a patient`s vein and calculates the dose of artificial insulin that needs to be infused through an insulin pump.

Read more on the experimental artificial pancreas from VOANews.com here, and take a look at the actual researchers` description of their artificial pancreas from Science Translational Medicine here.


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Originally posted April 19, 2010.