'Bionic' pancreas shows promise in diabetes test

By Science News Staff, 20:35 PM June 15, 2014

Guest post by Nathan Seppa

Five-day tests of a “bionic pancreas” in adults and adolescents with type 1 diabetes bolster earlier findings showing that the wearable devices can maintain blood glucose levels without the need for finger pricks or insulin shots. The device includes a glucose monitor attached to the skin that tracks blood sugar and sends readings to a smart phone. The phone then directs an insulin pump on the belt to inject the hormone or its counterpart glucagon as needed.

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