If you are a diabetic and struggle with insulin injections, watch Dr. Francine Kaufman explain the latest breakthrough in diabetes treatment.
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Dr. Travis Stork: There are so many technological advances in medicine. Sometimes I question them but one thing I don't question is the idea of an artificial pancreas because that will allow kids to potentially manage their diabetes with minimal sticking, minimal probing, minimal checking. Female Speaker: And minimal thinking. I mean, the problem is -- let me show you, we just happen to have one with us. Male Speaker: So, this is an insulin pump. Female Speaker: This is an insulin pump on this side and this is a continuous glucose sensor. So, this is picking up the glucose value of the fluid that bathe the cells, transmitting that information to the pump, the pump can show you what that number is, all the time, give you arrows, if you are moving too fast in one direction and then give you a trend graph as well as alarm. So, if you are starting to get too high, it alarms; if you are starting to get too low, it can alarm and you can do something to avoid those really wide swings in the blood glucose level. But the whole point is that, you take this information, you process it through your brain. This brain is pretty good but it's not a pancreas, it's not as good as that, and then I had to tell the pump what to do. So, we want it to go all this way and all the algorithms, all the information of how to adjust that dose will be in the pump itself, you won't have to think about it. Wouldn't that be cool? Male Speaker: Wow! That's great. Female Speaker: Yeah, a no-brainer. I like that. Dr. Travis Stork: Thank you so much. Female Speaker: Well, thank --
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