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Implantable Artificial Pancreas Staff Writer

Friday, September 11, 2015

Implantable Artificial Pancreas
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Researchers in Santa Barbara, California have created a fully implantable artificial pancreas for Type 1 diabetics and are ready to test the device on live animals, as of late June 2015.

While Type 1 diabetes can occur during any stage of life, it is usually found in young people. For some reason, possibly due to an autoimmune disorder, the body’s immune system attacks and destroys pancreatic cells (beta cells) that produce the hormone called insulin. Without sufficient insulin to move glucose into our cells for energy storage, glucose builds up in the body in a condition called hyperglycemia.

To counteract Type 1 diabetes, people are forced to repeatedly monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via needles or an insulin pump, generally with a gap between the time insulin is needed and the time it is administered.

Researchers in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, have now developed an artificial device that is fully implantable and does the work of the pancreas. The artificial pancreas uses an algorithm that monitors glucose levels, calculates the proper insulin dosage and rapidly delivers that dosage, eliminating both manual monitoring and its inherent need/delivery time gap.

The device was tested on participants who first used iPads to monitor glucose levels and release insulin, then used computerized chips inserted into the artificial pancreas. According to a study published in “Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research” in June 2015, the device tracks blood sugar and replenishes insulin so well that it keeps blood sugar levels within the appropriate range 78% of the time.

Researchers are also focusing on the special needs of diabetic children. Scientists are working on an especially attentive pediatric artificial pancreas to meet the special needs of juvenile diabetics.

By Kathy Catanzarite

Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Staff Writer

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