October 25th, 2013, 02:15 PM
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The end of diabetes type 1 hassle?
Hi, this was on Dutch tv just now, and it blew my mind. This is so freaking cool!
Breakthrough in development artificial pancreas
The artificial pancreas of the Dutch company INREDA has evolved such that the Dutch Diabetes Fund speaks of a major breakthrough.
Together with researchers from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam with the University of Twente and Rijnstate Hospital the company has reduced the artificial panreas to the size of a smartphone. In addition, the artificial pancreas automatically regulate the blood sugar of diabetics, so people with diabetes do not have to inject insulin.
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Robin Koops is one of the inventors of the art pancreas. He himself is type 1 diabetes patient: "For years, scientists worldwide are working on an art pancreas, but we are the first who have succeeded to reduce the size to make it is accessible for every diabetes patient . Type 1 diabetics have nothing more to do. We speak of the so-called 'closed loop'. Injecting several times per day, carbohydrate counting and insulin syringes are a thing of the past."
The art pancreas is soon accessible to anyone with type 1 diabetes in the Netherlands, where INREDA partnered with the Dutch Diabetes Foundation. Hanneke Dessing, Director Diabetes Fund: "Technically, the art pancreas is getting closer. The art pancreas as a handy model is really going to make a world of difference for 100,000 children and adults in the Netherlands with type 1 diabetes."
A spokesman for the researchteam states it takes at least until 2015 for the device to hit the market. Insurers must also decide if they reimburse the device. Medical specialists are excited about the art pancreas, the spokesman said.
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