The FDA approves the first artificial pancreas.
The device is an automated insulin pump, known as the MiniMed 670G.
It was developed by the medical device company Medtronic for patients with type 1 diabetes.
The MiniMed is the size of a cell phone.
It controls a patient's blood sugar levels and administers insulin as needed.
This means that people with type 1 diabetes will not have to prick their fingers to control their blood sugar levels and then inject insulin.
The device has a sensor that measures blood sugar levels, an insulin pump attached to the body and an infusion patch with a catheter that delivers insulin.
The FDA approved the device for people age 14 and older with type 1 diabetes.
The system will not be available until spring.
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