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There's a major breakthrough on the horizon for juvenile diabetics. It's an artificial pancreas and though it's not widely available yet, it's showing great hope for someone many call the Bionic Man.
For Tom Brobson, food becomes the challenge. "This is beef wellington. That's dough. That's flour, lots of carbohydrates."
However, when the Type 1 diabetic is hooked up to this, an artificial pancreas, IT does the work. "When I'm on this, I could nibble things and the system would work to keep me in the right range." The Virginia man, who many are now calling the Bionic man, is one of a handful of type 1 diabetics involved in a clinical trial at the University of Virginia--- testing the viability of an artificial pancreas.
Dr. William Clark says, "I think the artificial pancreas is going to be a major breakthrough for the management of type 1 diabetes."
Unlike other artificial body parts, this one comes in 3 external parts. "In this case it's all exisiting technologies worn outside the body being brought together for the first time with a pocket computer to run them."
It's an insulin pump, a continuous glucose sensor which reads blood sugar levels & a smartphone programmed to run it all.
Brobson adds: "It's the brains. It takes the data feed from the sensor and gives instructions to the pump. Right now it's gone to red light if this was green it would mean everything is fine. But it's gone to red saying you've gone too low." During the clinical trial, Brobson has even worn the artificial pancreas home for several days.
Brobson says, "It gave me extra insulin to prevent me from going too high then when it had me where it wanted me. It pulled back on the insulin and it kept me right where I was supposed to be. I had perfect overnight control."
A welcome break from the hour by hour balancing act type 1 patients have to endure. "When this system takes over I don't have to do that and it's a pretty awesome vacation." Researchers say it could be 3 to 5 years before this is available to patients. It holds great promise for parents of children, who could sign on to the system to check on their child's health. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is funding the research. Fox 17 is a media partner with the JDRF at events throughout the year, so we wanted to let you know where your research dollars are going.
Tuesday, January 15 2013, 10:39 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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