Artificial pancreas may soon be available to diabetic patien
An artificial pancreas to manage type 1 diabetes could soon be offered to NHS patients after a major trial produced 'blisteringly brilliant' early results. The high-tech kit continuously monitors glucose levels via sensors under a patient's skin and, when needed, automatically delivers insulin to the bloodstream – a job normally carried out in the body by the pancreas.

It is hoped it will replace the regular finger-prick tests that diabetics need to carry out to check their blood sugar levels, as well as prevent life-threatening hypoglycaemic attacks when it drops too low. The artificial pancreas trial, the largest of its kind in the world, began in July and health chiefs are expected to come to a decision next year on whether to begin offering them widely. While the technology has been around for more than a decade, it has not been widely adopted due to a lack of data on its effectiveness.