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In the Spring and Summer of 2013, 20 adults and 32 adolescents were involved in a five-day trial using the bionic pancreas. Results showed that the use dramatically improved average glucose levels and nearly eliminated hypoglycemia compared to those not using it. Due to it's success a four-center, 12-day study in the Spring of 2014 will run until early 2015.
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Every parent worries about the day their type 1 child will have manage diabetes on his or her own. When Ed Damiano's son, David, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he was determined to create a bionic pancreas before David went to college. As an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, Ed had a real opportunity to make his dream reality.

"It's probably the single greatest concern a parent has ... is not only taking care of their kid at night but, how their kid is going to do that when they are on their own," he said.

The bionic pancreas that Ed and his team designed not only administers insulin like an insulin pump, but also dispenses glucagon in tiny doses to precisely increase blood sugar. This will give patients the ability to function as if they had an actual pancreas, though it will be located outside of the body. Currently in its third iteration, the bionic pancreas is still being tested in clinical studies with Massachusetts General Hospital.

After more than a decade of rigorous effort, Ed Damiano's dream is closer than ever to becoming reality. Ed's goal is to submit the bionic pancreas to the FDA in time to get the agency's approval for production and use by 2017, when David is expected to graduate from high school. The team of experts collaborating with Ed is currently working on the clinical trials and finishing touches for the device prior to submitting it to the FDA.

Let's join together to support Ed Damiano's work, and change the world for type 1 diabetics. Sign to ask the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee to prioritize the review and approval process once the bionic pancreas is submitted.

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Dear FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee,

Each year more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. That means they receive over 4,500 fingers pricks and over 1,800 insulin shots in just one year.

Many parents worry about the day their children will be given the responsibility to manage their diabetes on their own. To address this, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Boston University, Ed Mariano has been working on a bionic pancreas that he hopes will become a reality once his type 1 son David heads off to college in 2017.

This bionic pancreas will not only administer insulin but will also dispense small amounts of glucagon when needed. Type 1s will be able to live like they have an actual pancreas but outside of their bodies.

Once the bionic pancreas is submitted for review, we ask you to prioritize the approval and use of this device. Making it available to type 1 diabetics will have a profound impact on their lives by helping them more effectively manage their condition.

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Sep 20, 2017 Tracy Harper Please help us with diabetes get something done for us..Diabetes is a horrible disease.. I'm a Type 1 diabetic, with an insulin pump
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Heather Streweler
Sep 7, 2017 Julia Russo
Sep 3, 2017 Susan Newsome
Sep 1, 2017 mindy abraham Please allow kids a chance at a normal life.
Aug 30, 2017 Linda Barber
Aug 26, 2017 Catherine ONeal
Aug 26, 2017 Kristy Crutcher
Aug 24, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Aug 14, 2017 ROBERT ALTOM
Aug 7, 2017 Jose Cuellar These kids need help now,please give them a better tomorrow. I to am type 2
Aug 7, 2017 Kristen Cariglia
Aug 6, 2017 Mamie Holst
Jul 29, 2017 Lesley Berry
Jul 23, 2017 Kathy Corbin
Jul 23, 2017 Erika Perez Please approve I've been a diabetic since the age of 11..now I'm 29 and everyday is a new challenge
Jul 16, 2017 Yvonne Maynard My son has been type 1 diabetic since he was 6 years old now he's 33 not any easier.
Jul 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please approve the bionic pancreas!!!!
Jul 14, 2017 Donna Cosimano
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please make this a priority
Jul 9, 2017 Andy Danboise
Jul 2, 2017 R Roman
Jun 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2017 Karla Rothrock
Jun 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2017 Carol Huddlestun
Jun 17, 2017 Bruce Levinson
Jun 13, 2017 debra fish
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) This would save so many lives
Jun 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please make this your priority. My son hasn't slept through the night since he was 8 due to sugar checks and lows. We need this.
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2017 Jill Wohltman As the mother of a type 1 diabetic I can't emphasize enough the importance of this development! Please make this a top priority!!
May 30, 2017 Tom Haake I live with Type 1 every day...... It's time for a cure...........
May 29, 2017 Dwayne Carroll This needs to be a top priority, I'm a father of a ten year daughter with type 1. This would have to be the greatest gift that she could receive...
May 28, 2017 John Chambers
May 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please help change the world for type 1 diabetics. Prioritize the Ed Damiano's work once the bionic pancreas is submitted. Thank you.
May 23, 2017 Alan Mueller
May 22, 2017 Stacey Abbett
May 21, 2017 Marie Goewert
May 20, 2017 Brenda Synol
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 15, 2017 Jo Mosley
May 15, 2017 Lori Cheezem
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