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The Artificial Pancreas is Coming, and Other Highlights from ADA 2016

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Medtronic announced on June 27 that it has submitted its Hybrid Closed Loop System (otherwise known as the MMT-670G system) to the FDA for approval. While not technically an artificial pancreas, the system consists of two parts: an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor. Once the system has been calibrated, the pump uses the readings from the CGM (which are taken every five minutes) to deliver insulin, with the goal of keeping blood sugars within a target range. Read more

Bloodless Glucose Testing Moves Closer to Reality

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A bloodless way to test blood sugar has long been the stuff of science fiction. But, now, a group of researchers in Wales is moving an innovative idea of drawing blood without puncturing the skin from the conceptual world of Star Trek to perhaps being available at a pharmacy down the street. Read more

Your Insulin May Be Getting Smarter

Glucose Responsive Insulin Patch

JDRF, partnered with Sanofi, the company that manufactures Lantus among other insulins, recently pledged up to $4.6 million to support research into four different efforts to design a glucose-responsive insulin. Read more

JDRF Round-Up with Aaron Kowalski

JDRF Round-Up with Aaron Kowalski

Glucose-responsive insulin is one of the technologies on the horizon that Kowalski says he’s most excited about. The other is encapsulation, where insulin-producing cells would be protected from the body’s auto-immune attack. Read more

Snowboarding With An Artificial Pancreas

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Snowboarding With An Artificial Pancreas

Type Zero Technologies’ chief mathematician, Dr. Boris Kovatchev, reached out to Riding on Insulin to gauge interest in being part of a groundbreaking artificial pancreas trial. Read more

Islet Cell Transplantation Right Under the Skin

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Islet Cell Transplantation Right Under the Skin

Dr. James Shapiro, the man who perfected the islet cell transplant to cure type 1 diabetes, is evolving his groundbreaking research by working on a method of implanting insulin-producing cells under a person’s skin to try and stamp out the condition once and for all. Read more

Jordanian Researchers Working on Stem Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

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Stem Cells

“We have developed a special protocol to purify groups of specific types of stem cells taken from the patient’s own blood, and transplant them into the pancreas to allow for their differentiation into beta cells that produce insulin…” Read more

The Stages of Type 1 Diabetes (It Starts Earlier Than We Thought)

3 Stages of Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers have gained an understanding of these presymptomatic stages of type 1 diabetes through the TrialNet data, and through studies including TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young), which for the past decade has been collecting data from 400,000 children genetically at risk of developing T1D. Read more

The Most Vital Areas in Diabetes Research Today

Diabetes Research

You’ve likely read or heard about your gut bacteria, and how scientists and clinicians are developing a much greater understanding of the effects this additional “other organ” on our health and wellness. It’s truly amazing that there are more bacteria living in our gut than there are cells that make up our body! These bacteria have an enormous impact on the development of our immune systems. Read more

Type Zero: Taking the Artificial Pancreas to the Next Level

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We are excited to learn that based on the ten years of clinical trials at UVA, a new startup, Type Zero, is taking the inControl Diabetes Management Platform — which is the software running the UVA AP — to the next level. Read more

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