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Wireless sensor watches blood sugar for diabetics

Reuters Health, July 29, 2010

Researchers have developed an implantable device that measures blood sugar continuously and transmits the information without wires. The device worked in one pig for more than a year and in another for nearly 10 months with no trouble, they reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. It takes the diabetes field a step closer to development of an "artificial pancreas" -- a device that can replace natural functions to control how the body handles blood sugar. And it would be handy for people who need to check blood sugar daily, such as patients with type 2 diabetes, the team at the University of California San Diego and nearby privately held GlySens Inc wrote.