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Computer-Controlled Pancreas Could Close the Diabetes Loop
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Aaron Kowalski is the vice president for glucose control research at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He also has type 1 diabetes and, like many others who have the condition, he sometimes struggles to regulate his blood sugar levels. It's not about compliance, Kowalski says. Rather, it's about limited information—and the fact that computers can think about a lot of different things faster than humans. And, as it happens, Kowalski is working to create a computer-controlled "bionic pancreas" that will help humans better manage their diabetes. [Read More]
 
March 16, 2010  
 
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