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1 14th August 12:55 (dr. jai
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USFDA approves device to manage diabetes

Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Washington - Some diabetics will no longer have to bear
the burden of adding up how much insulin they need for
every bite of food.

The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved
the first device that checks a patient's blood sugar,
automatically calculates how much insulin they need and
signals an implanted pump to send out the right dose.

The Paradigm system is a first step toward developing an
artificial pancreas. Diabetes specialists hope the new
device will cut down on dosing errors and make it easier
for patients to manage their disease.

''The smarter these systems can become ... the better our
patients ought to be able to do,'' said American Diabetes
Association past president Francine Kaufman, a pediatric
endocrinologist at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure
and amputations, and dramatically raises the risk of
heart attacks.

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