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For the first time, a team of researchers has published research into how a closed-loop insulin delivery system might help patients with type 2 diabetes manage their disease at home.

The study, described in a new paper published Wednesday in Nature Medicine, included 26 patients who tested out a so-called artificial pancreas, which works by pairing a glucose sensor with an insulin pump to automatically adjust doses of the drug. The system improved the time participants spent in their target glucose range by about 15%; its users also managed to avoid bouts of severe low glucose while reducing overall glucose levels.

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