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Artificial pancreas developed

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An artificial pancreas that could end the need for daily insulin injections by diabetics has been developed by researchers at Leicester’s De Montfort University.

The device uses a gel that liquefies as the body’s glucose levels rise, allowing insulin to flow into the body. As the insulin brings glucose levels down, the gel hardens, stopping the insulin supply.

The device, developed by Professor Joan Taylor (pictured), is expected to begin clinical trials within the next couple of years.

The device may only be suitable for type-1 diabetes, although trials will assess it for both type-1 and type-2 diabetes.

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  • As the mother of a 28year old son who is a brittle diabetic, I think this device is an exciting prospect. My son was diagnosed Type 1 six years ago and, despite all efforts by him and his diabetic team, his blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly. I am sure that, given half a chance, he would be at the front of the queue as one of the clinical trial participants.

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  • i think this has been under development for quite sime time and has always run up aGainst the problem that the gel is base on toxic conconavalin A which is a mitogen if it leaches out to the circulation; I dont know whether the problem has been or is surmountable but the US company SMARTCELLS has the same approach and problem.
    'Tis a pity as I am also diabetic type1.5 and this would potentially be a wonderful benefit...

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