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Author Topic: Implantable islet cells  (Read 152 times)

Offline skb

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Implantable islet cells
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:55:42 PM »
Researchers have designed and tested an implantable device for treatment of Type 1 diabetes. The device furnishes islet cells with their own supply of oxygen, carried in a chamber that can be replenished every 24 hours.

http://news.mit.edu/2018/implantable-islet-cells-come-their-own-oxygen-supply-0425
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Re: Implantable islet cells
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2018, 01:34:17 AM »
Wow, quite something!

I’ve often wondered, however, who among type 1s  is willing to go through this (or worse, a pancreas transplant) in order to avoid an insulin pump.

I suppose over time these sorts of techniques will prove sufficiently easy and cost effective to make it worthwhile, so it’s interesting to see this particular development.

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Re: Implantable islet cells
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2018, 07:51:51 PM »
I’ve often wondered, however, who among type 1s  is willing to go through this (or worse, a pancreas transplant) in order to avoid an insulin pump.

True. In the short term we might, therefore, see a lot of improvements in the pump - The Bionic Pancreas, for instance.
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