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Diabetes UK is holding a conference on

technology for Type 1 diabetes to help

people with diabetes understand the

benefits technology, how to access it, and

what to do if people can't.

Experts, healthcare professionals, and

people living with Type 1 diabetes will also

discuss the latest updates in diabetes

technology - from insulin pumps and

continuous glucose monitors to the most

recent innovations like DIY looping.

The event, on 9 November, takes

place at Swansea University - you can

join in person watch the conference live

online. To find out more and to register



People who increase the amount of

sugary drinks - whether they contain

added or naturally occurring sugar -

may face moderately higher risk of Type

2 diabetes, according to a new study

from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public


The study, published in the journal

Diabetes Care and reported by the

American Diabetes Association, found

that drinking more sugar-sweetened

beverages (SSBs) - like soft drinks - as

well as 100% fruit juices, were linked

with higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. The

study found that drinking more artificially

sweetened beverages (ASBs) in place

of sugary drinks did not seem to lessen

diabetes risk. However, the risk decreased

when one daily serving of any sugary

beverage was replaced with water, coffee,

or tea. To read more CLICK HERE.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(MIT) engineers and scientists from

Novo Nordisk have designed a drug

capsule that can carry insulin or other

protein drugs and protect them from the

gastrointestinal tract. When the capsule

reaches the small intestine, it breaks down

to reveal dissolvable microneedles that

attach to the intestinal wall and release

the drug for uptake into the bloodstream.

Many drugs, especially those made of

proteins like insulin, aren't suitable orally

because they are broken down in the

gastrointestinal tract before they can take

effect. Robert Langer, the David H. Koch

Institute Professor at MIT and a member

of the Koch Institute for Integrative

Cancer Research says, "We are really

pleased with the latest results of the new

oral delivery device our lab members have

developed with our collaborators, and we

look forward to hopefully seeing it help

people with diabetes and others in the


In tests in pigs, the researchers

showed that the 30-millimeter-long

capsules could deliver doses of insulin

effectively and generate an immediate

blood-glucose-lowering response.

They also showed that no blockages

formed in the intestine and the arms

were excreted safely after applying the

microneedle patches. The entire capsule

and microneedles dissolve within several

hours to prevent obstruction of the

gastrointestinal tract.


As reported by BBC News, scientist

Professor Ian Shanks has been awarded

£2m compensation by the UK's highest

court for his invention of pioneering

technology to test blood sugar levels

nearly 40 years ago. He developed the

system, used by many diabetics, while

working for Unilever in the 1980s. The

rights to his invention belonged to the

company and until now he was not

entitled to a share of the benefits.

Prof Shanks developed new

technology - electrochemical capillary fill

device (ECFD) - which to this day is still

used to measure the concentration of

glucose in blood and other liquids. His

ECFD technology eventually appeared in

most glucose testing products, which are

used multiple times a day by people with

diabetes to monitor their condition.

The court unanimously ruled that

Prof Shanks's invention had provided his

former employer with an "outstanding

benefit" for which he should receive

compensation. Judge Lord Kitchin said


the rewards Unilever enjoyed "were

substantial and significant" and Prof

Shanks was entitled to a "fair share" of the

company's net benefit of around £24m

from the patents.

Some of us might argue £2m is not

enough for that invention.


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