Navigation Links
Lives of Diabetics Transformed

Diabetics will soon have transformed lives through an artificial pancreas which is supposed to monitor blood sugar levels continuously //as well as provides insulin automatically. This could free children with diabetes from their reliance on blood tests and injections.

Around 350,000 Britons have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes that usually raises its head in childhood or young adulthood.

Finger-prick method was the only available method for sufferers to monitor their blood sugar levels so that they can inject insulin accordingly.

The latest device uses a computer to monitor the patient’s blood sugar levels and administer insulin when levels rise too high.

This device is expected to be useful through the delivery of the correct amount of insulin as soon as it is needed so that long-term complications such as blindness, loss of sensation and ulceration of the feet, which can lead to amputation is prevented.

Clinical trials are expected to begin in January.

Scientists at Cambridge University, led by Roman Hovorka at the Department of Paediatrics, will use monitors that measure blood glucose. These in turn will be connected wirelessly to a computer that controls an insulin pump worn on the patient’s belt. The key is the computer program, which works out the precise dose of insulin needed.

Type 1 diabetes is characterized by the islet cells of the pancreas killed by the immune system, and the pancreas cannot produce insulin, which is needed to control blood-sugar levels.

Although this condition can be roughly corrected by regular insulin injections throughout the day, night-time control can be difficult.

David Dunger, a member of the Cambridge team, said: “Getting the computer algorithm right will be the big job. There is a high risk of glucose levels going low at night. This really frightens parents and patients.”

The project has received a £500,000 grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Karen Addington, its chief executive, said: “Achieving good blood-glucose control dramatically lowers the risk of serious complications, by as much as 75 pera cent for some problems.”

During the first stage of the trial, 12 children aged between 5 and 18 will be fitted with a glucose monitor. Once they are used to it they will spend a night in hospital with the insulin pump fitted.

During night use, the computer need not be portable However a hand-held computer might mean that the system could also be used to control glucose levels during the day.

<
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients Lives
2. Ebola Virus - Outbreak Claims More Lives In Uganda.
3. B Vitamin Supplementatoin Saves Money and Lives
4. Encephalitis Has Claimed 400 Lives In Uttar Pradesh
5. Dengue Claims 15 Lives In West Bengal
6. Dead Palestinian Boy Saves Lives Of Six Others
7. Dengue Fever Claims Five Lives In Pakistan
8. Pneumonia Claims 30 Lives In Pakistan
9. Encephalitis Claims 25 Lives In Bihar
10. Tamiflu Fails To Save Two Lives
11. Decoding the Fungi Genome Will Save Millions of Lives.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/24/2016)... Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 ... ... employee benefits advisory organization, is pleased to welcome new Partner Firm Austin & ... a personalized, consultative approach to insurance, employee benefits, HR consulting, benefits technology, and ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... New Brunswick, New Jersey: This year ... needs reach their fullest potential. To commemorate the anniversary, the hospital has themed the ... n’ Roll for Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation on Saturday, May 21, at Johnson Park ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... for physical disease or injury that focuses on repairing the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular ... With an emphasis on functional restoration, NYDNRehab began providing treatments for physical therapy ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... Growing in popularity, ... trend, more gluten-free products are available and easily accessible. Whether someone chooses to cut ... cater to a certain diet, King Kullen Grocery stocks their shelves with many different ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... OR (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... welcomed Peggy Kinst, a wellness specialist for forty years and a trainer for ... the Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Talk Show on May 16, 2016. , Formerly ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... May 23, 2016 According ... Equipment Market by Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, Medical Beds, ... Care, Critical Care, Wound), Accessories (Lifting, Transfer) & ... 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the patient handling equipment ... by 2021 at a CAGR of 10.5% during ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Mich. , May 23, 2016 Diplomat Pharmacy, ... third annual Fellowship and Internship programs. The hands-on learning ... The full-time, paid Fellowship and ... Flint, Michigan . Fellows and interns are provided ... Flint at the Riverfront Residence ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 2016 According to market ... Growth and Demand Forecast to 2022 - Industry ... Application (Drug Discovery and Development, Proteomics, Clinical Testing, ... Science and Biotechnology, Academic and Research Institute, Hospitals ... global mass spectrometry market was valued ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: