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University studies diabetes monitoring system

March 6, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Researchers in Iowa are testing a new device described as a 'smoke alarm for diabetics.'It's an electronic device that automatically warns when blood sugar levels are too high or too low.

A needle and sensor sends blood sugar levels to a user's insulin pump every five minutes.

The University of Iowa is taking part in a study to see if the wireless transmitters are reliable enough to control for diabetics.

Patients pay $350 a month for the skin implant.

Most insurance companies do not cover the cost, plus the needles placed under the skin have to be replaced every three days.


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