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From insulin discovered at the University of Toronto by Banting and Best to this good news for diabetics.

Tonight's TV news showed this new pump capable of monitoring every ten minutes the blood sugar levels and dispensing insulin or glucagon as needed. One wearer in he clinical trials said the freedom to eat whatever she wanted without worry after many years was unbelievable. An intelligent algorithm is the key to the more stable levels with this new pump, leading to a reduction in harmful levels and periods, especially during sleep.

Some of these links contain pictures, others more technical.

http://www.newswire.ca/...

http://www.eurekalert.org/...

http://www.cmaj.ca/...

Could not find  a link for the CTV Ottawa newscast.

Originally posted to ontario on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:45 PM PST.

Also republished by Canadian Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

    by ontario on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:45:38 PM PST

  •  We have the technology, we can rebuild him (4+ / 0-)
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    ontario, billmosby, Odysseus, radarlady

    Oscar's quote from the Bionic Man is getting more real every day. A bionic pancreas -- who'd have thunk it?

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:51:53 PM PST

  •  Articifical has some potential as a word. (0+ / 0-)

    It is, however, likely not the word you intended at this time.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:59:42 PM PST

  •  Science is AWSOME! n.t (2+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl, bronte17
  •  Steve Jobs' "oh wow" moment? Inquiring (1+ / 0-)
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    minds want to know.

    Yes, I know his condition was different.

    Also I am wondering if we are finally at some kind of singularity, to use Ray Kurzweil's term. One in which we use somewhat fancier 3-D printers to make new parts. Different from what the diary is talking about, but just around the corner anyway.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:01:22 PM PST

    •  There are researchers working with cellular (1+ / 0-)
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      billmosby

      scaffolding that can be 'printed' in the manner you describe. Then the scaffolding is seeded with cells from the target organ or structure and incubated while the cells grow and the structure becomes functional. It is coming. :-)

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:06:09 PM PST

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      •  That's what I was thinking of, thanks (1+ / 0-)
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        for elaborating.

        Coincidentally, I saw the finest 3-D printing I've ever seen just today, even though it's been out for a while. Probably will help with scaffolding.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:57:32 PM PST

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        •  Very cool, thanks! And I ran across a reference in (1+ / 0-)
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          possum's Monday Science Tidbits diary to the very thing we were talking about-DIY bioprinter.

          Synchronicity! :-)

          Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

          by FarWestGirl on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:15:03 PM PST

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          •  By the way, there are also printers that work in (1+ / 0-)
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            high temperature metals. They can make gas turbine parts that way now.

            Here we have pretty much a single technology that can replicate anything. Not sure about the economics, but a Star Trek Replicator is within sight now.

            It's only a matter of time until we have to be careful when we joke "beam me up", lol.

            Moderation in most things.

            by billmosby on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 01:34:06 PM PST

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            •  That's amazing. And frankly, (1+ / 0-)
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              given the recent instances of people 'printing' guns, more than a little disturbing.

              lol, I think we'll have replicators and holodecks long before we manage transporters. But, if we survive long enough, replicators will be damned nice to have around. Not sure if we really need 34 recipes for tomato soup, tho. ;-)

              Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

              by FarWestGirl on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:01:38 PM PST

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              •  Just wait until they get fast transporters going. (1+ / 0-)
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                Transport plutonium from department of energy vaults into a small space fast enough, and kaboom. It so happens I know where there's about (small whole number) metric tons of the stuff. Set your transporter coordinates to 43 degrees, 35 minutes, 34.41 sec North, 112 degrees, 39 minutes, 16.10 sec West, elevation 5137 feet above sea level. Or find it on Google Earth if you like. The ZPPR vault at the former Argonne National Lab-West site near Idaho Falls.

                I kind of think that's one way we know that transporters and time travel have not been invented at any time in the future.

                I was going to lol, but maybe I won't...

                Moderation in most things.

                by billmosby on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:43:15 PM PST

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  •  A few years ago I stood by a practice green (4+ / 0-)

    at an LPGA Tour Event.

    Parents with a little girl waited patiently for a prominent golfer to finish her practice and asked her, when she came off, if she would speak to the daughter about her insulin pump. The well-known golfer spent at least 30 minutes speaking with the  girl, going over all the pros and cons. Classy. Hope this new advance in science and others to come will help her.

    Can't resist wondering if Republicans believe in this kind of science?

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

    by ontario on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:19:24 PM PST

  •  Link forwarded to (1+ / 0-)
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    my friend who is in charge of regional diabetes care.  Thanks!

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:38:48 PM PST

  •  Onwards! (2+ / 0-)
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    Diabetics need this kind of breakthrough.

  •  Wow, you mean innovation still exists under the (4+ / 0-)

    ...Canadian-style health care system? I seem to remember people saying it couldn't be so?

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:58:28 PM PST

    •  Major medical research in med schools and (1+ / 0-)
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      hospitals is going on across Canada.

      A few among the  very great:

      Sir William Osler

      Dr. Wilder Penfield

      Dr. Frederick Banting

      Dr. Wilbert Keon and the Ottawa Heart Institute.

      Yes, our medicare systems do work. I personally know the sons of two friends who have returned from Duke/Stanford and Switzerland to continue research in Calgary and Vancouver. We have a number of real hotbeds.

      "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

      by ontario on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:37:21 PM PST

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      •  Check out the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2+ / 0-)
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        Starting in 1994 and 1995.

        Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

        Remarkable men and women.

        •  Cal Stiller And The Medical Venture Capital Mafia (0+ / 0-)

          It is a system that in the US would fall under the racketeering laws, but it's government policy in Canada.

          There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

          by bernardpliers on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:48:13 AM PST

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        •  It's a great list. I took courses from Donald Hebb (0+ / 0-)

          and Ronald Melzack, lectures from Wilder Penfield. I have also met Tommy Douglas, Marc Lalonde, had business dealings with Maurice Leclair. Hebb had the most influence on me. I was too young then to realize the magnitude of his work, or the direct link he provided to the Yerkes laboratory and Lashley, Thorndike and Watson. He was a very modest man, as a professor. His introductory course was given Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10, in the lecture theatre of the old Ernest Rutherford Physics Building, where Rutherford had done his work on the atom, in a lab on the same floor.  It seated about 200, and the lecture was telecast live to a larger lecture hall for 500 in a nearby building. It was also taped and shown to 700 more at 11:00 on those days.

          Very coincidentally, that year, I had a philosphy course conference group in that same building. When I arrived just before 2:00 pm on a late November afternoon, a large crowd were huddled around the door porter's office. He had his radio on and I learned John Kennedy had been assassinated.

          Everyone in Montreal knew of the greatness of Penfield too, from an early age - it was part of what one learned growing up there.

          Great school, great experiences. Lots of international sudents, many from the USA, with still very favorable tuition for foreign students.

          "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

          by ontario on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:40:45 PM PST

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  •  You Mean AT "Banting and Best Department of.." (0+ / 0-)

    ".....Medical Research."

    Because Banting and Best have been dead for decades.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:19:49 PM PST

  •  University of Toronto? (0+ / 0-)

    Don't they have that "socialist" medinine up their that thwarts scientific discoveries?

    What happened?

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