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Scientists say progress made on a 'bionic pancreas' for diabetics

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Scientists have made big progress on a “bionic pancreas” that could be helpful for managing diabetes.

Doctors say the wearable device passed its real-world test. It constantly monitors blood sugar and automatically gives insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed.

The “bionic pancreas” was tested for five days in adults and teens with Type 1 Diabetes, which is often diagnosed in childhood.

Tests showed that it improved blood sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps.

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