British researchers make diabetes 'breakthrough'

Scientists say they've developed an artificial pancreas, a breakthrough that could transform the lives of millions of diabetics

Researchers in Britain say human trials will begin in 2016 on a new device that is about the size of a wrist-watch. 

It is the world's first prototype artificial pancreas.

It is surgically implanted into the abdomen and will release a precise amount of insulin into the bloodstream.  

The device includes a tube that runs from the implant to the outside of your body, where the patient replenishes the insulin supply.

The creator, Professor Joan Taylor, says the user does not need to fill it up every day.

The De Montifort University professor adds that it will help all Type-1 insulin-dependent diabetics and even some suffering Type-2 diabetes who require daily injections.

This prototype has taken 20 years and millions of dollars to develop.

If all goes to plan, the device could be ready for use in about a decade.

(with files from CBS News)

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  1. Robert Manitowabi posted on 01/26/2014 01:22 PM
    Me pls
  2. mary slade posted on 01/26/2014 04:55 PM
    I have prayed for this our first grandson was diagnoist when he was only three and half years old. now next month he will be eighteen years of age he has the insulan pump now since nine years old.
    1. kelsey posted on 02/06/2014 10:54 PM
      @mary slade i am about the same , was diagnosed when i was four and now i am 20 and have had the pump sense i was about 7, this would be truly amazing .
  3. Lynnette posted on 01/26/2014 07:37 PM
    How do you get to be part of the study?
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