No More Needles: Toward An Artificial Pancreas For Fighting Diabetes

Monday, May 5, 2008 - 21:14 in Health & Medicine

A specially coated metal tube, no larger than a cigarette, could be the key to developing an artificial pancreas to help millions of people with diabetes avoid insulin injections, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News. The so-called "bioartificial pancreas" also could help keep blood sugar closer to normal levels, and perhaps reduce the risk of diabetic complications, which include blindness, kidney failure, and premature death, the article suggests.

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