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New 'Bionic Pancreas' Offers Hope To Type 1 Diabetics11:46

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A new wearable, "bionic" pancreas which regulates the blood sugar levels of people with Type 1 diabetes holds promise for making the illness much easier to manage.

In trials with 52 teenagers and adults, the device did a better job controlling blood sugar than the subjects reported doing on their own. The results were unveiled Sunday at an American Diabetes Association meeting in San Francisco and have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Ed Damiano, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University and co-author of the research.

Dr. Steven Russell, endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and co-author of the research.


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  • "It’s not a cure. But researchers have just reported promising results on a “bionic pancreas” for managing Type 1 diabetes, which affects some 2 million Americans."

This segment aired on June 16, 2014.

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