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Artificial Pancreas to Get Long-Term 'Real-Life' Trial

Posted 6 Jan 2016 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 5, 2016 – A long-term clinical trial of an artificial pancreas designed to control blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes will begin early this year. The artificial pancreas will be tested for six months in 240 people with type 1 diabetes at nine sites in the United States and Europe. Researchers will compare this system to current diabetes management with an insulin pump. Then, 180 of those patients will be followed for another six months, the researchers said. The wearable system – developed by University of Virginia and Harvard University researchers with almost $13 million in funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health – supplies appropriate amounts of insulin by detecting changes in the body and predicting blood sugar levels in advance. "The idea is that this can lead to an improved quality of life for individuals with this disease – not a ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 1, Pancreatic Exocrine Dysfunction, Diagnosis and Investigation, Pancreatic Secretion

Urine Test Might Find Pancreatic Cancer Early, Study Suggests

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – Scientists report that they have developed a urine test that may detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage. Usually, symptoms of this deadly disease do not appear until it is at an advanced stage and has spread, and little can be done to save the patient. Researchers have been looking for a way to screen people for pancreatic cancer in the hopes that early detection might lead to effective treatment. "If this test proves to be as good as we hope, we could make an important difference and enable early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer completely noninvasively, using urine samples," said lead researcher Dr. Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic, a reader in cancer genomics at the Centre for Molecular Oncology at Barts Cancer Institute of Queen Mary University of London. The team found three indicators ("markers") that, when combined, signal the beginnings of pancreatic cancer. ... Read more

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