App acts as an artificial pancreas and could save the lives of children with diabetes


Last Thursday (20), a study published in the scientific journal New England Journal of Medicine brought to light an application called CamAPS FX, which, combined with a glucose monitor and an insulin pump, acts as an artificial pancreas. The invention uses an algorithm to determine the amount of insulin administered.

Cambridge scientists attested that using the app is safe and effective in managing blood sugar levels, and described how the task of managing type 1 diabetes in very young children is really arduous, given the high variability in insulin levels. and the response to available treatments.

CamAPS FX automatically adjusts the amount of insulin it delivers, based on predicted or real-time glucose levels. In practice, the child’s guardian must administer insulin at mealtimes, but at all other times the algorithm works itself.

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The app learns how much insulin your child needs each day and how that changes at different times of the day, and uses this to adjust insulin levels, helping to achieve optimal blood sugar levels. To test its effectiveness, the team recruited 74 children with type 1 diabetes, aged between one and seven years. All wore CamAPS FX for 16 weeks and then spent 16 weeks with manual monitoring alone.

According to that study, children spent 71.6% of their time with glucose levels controlled, which was almost nine 9% more time compared to manual monitoring. For now, CamAPS FX is only available in the UK. The team hopes to make it more widely available, but there is no word yet on when it will arrive in other countries.

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