Researchers at Boston University are beginning field tests on a new, bionic pancreas. The device, which is roughly the size of a cellphone and worn externally, works by measuring insulin levels every five minutes, 24 hours a day, and administers the glucagon and insulin a Type-1 diabetes patient might need. In field trials, both adults and adolescents tested the device and their results have exceeded the expectations of the researchers. As one 76 year-old trial patient said, “Some kids were having ice cream sundaes and French fries and forbidden foods, just to see if the device could handle it.”
Researchers for the bionic pancreas are now awaiting the approval of the FDA to begin conducting larger trials.
(Source: Popular Science)