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Tests Continue on Artificial Pancreas Developed at UVA

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An artificial pancreas developed at the University of Virginia is one step closer to helping people with Type 1 diabetes manage their blood sugar.

Researchers are running a second round of trials to test the smartphone algorithm that controls a patient's insulin pump. It's been successful in trials so far, and patients say they hope that one day soon, it will be available to them all the time.

"When you have diabetes, every minute of the day it's kind of on your mind and so last night was a chance to just have freedom from that kind of concern because it's being monitored by this great prototype device," said trial patient Mike Anderson.

Next the researchers will continue trials in California, Italy and France. After one more round of trials this fall, the researchers will launch a final investigation to prepare the artificial pancreas for commercialization.

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