AskNadia: A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes?

Dear Nadia, Is there any promising research for curing type 1 diabetes? Seven years in our family. Any hope? Steve, Twitter Follower Dear Steve: Yes, there is hope—a considerable amount of it, thanks to research focusing on ways to “tell” the body not to mistakenly attack insulin-producing beta cells. This means that at some point, although I can’t guess how soon, we will be able

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There Is No Easy Button

It always surprises me how little the general population knows about diabetes.  After 20 years with Type 1 diabetes, it shouldn’t, but it still does.  I was at a funeral the other day and one of the gentlemen there was interested in learning about diabetes.  His mother had lived with diabetes which I think prompted his curiosity.  Some of his questions really surprised me. He

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“Artificial Pancreas” Could Benefit From Inhaled Insulin Therapy

For people with type 1 diabetes who follow medical research, development of a closed-loop, “artificial pancreas” has always been the Holy Grail. Such a system would combine an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor to provide constant control of blood glucose levels. But what if such a system was only a start? What if it might work better when combined with another therapy altogether?

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FDA Approves Medtronic’s Artificial Pancreas

The FDA has approved a new, automated artificial pancreas system from Minneapolis-based Medtronic, Inc. The innovative, first-generation system is the first of its kind in the United States, and has the capability to automatically stop insulin delivery when blood glucose levels are either too high or too low. The MiniMed 530G with Enlite sensor is one of many innovations in diabetic treatment options from Medtronic.

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Study Shows Promise for Artificial Pancreas

Insulin pump maker Animas has taken another step toward perfecting (and hopefully putting on sale) the first artificial pancreas. The company doesn’t call it anything that clear-cut, instead referring to the device as “a closed-loop insulin delivery system.” Whatever you call it, the system is based on a simple concept. What if you could make your insulin pump talk to your continuous blood glucose monitor?

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Keep Your Fingers Crossed: FDA Approves Artificial Pancreas Outpatient Trial

The FDA has approved the start of outpatient trials of a smart phone-based monitoring device that functions as an artificial pancreas. If the device, which automatically measures blood glucose levels and adjusts them with insulin, is successful, several million type 1 patients could enjoy a whole new level of convenience. Trials are expected to begin in early May. The hand-held device, developed by a research

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JDRF Says FDA Threatens Artificial Pancreas Technology

Will the federal government kill the artificial pancreas? The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is raising the alarm over FDA guidelines that could stifle the technology necessary for the development of an artificial pancreas. At issue is Low Glucose Suspend (LGS) technology, which uses blood sugar data to temporarily switch off an insulin pump when a user’s blood sugar is heading south. It’s an important

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