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Diabetes 'swipe card' in development

Researchers are working on a new wireless device which links a blood glucose meter to an insulin pump.

If perfected, the new device would mean that a dose of insulin can be automatically administered when the meter is swiped across the pump.

Technology specialists Cambridge Consultants are working on the system using a glucometer to record blood glucose levels, which then recommends a dose of insulin.  If the patient accepts the dose, they can swipe the meter against the pump to automatically deliver the right dose.

"Any new developments which have the potential to make life easier for people with diabetes are welcomed," said Natasha Marsland, Care Manager for Diabetes UK.

"For some people, managing their diabetes, especially when not at home, can be tricky. As technology advances, we look forward to seeing more developments like this in the future."

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