New diabetes treatment tops Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations 2018 list (photos)

Story excerpt provided by Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Written by Julie Washington.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An insulin pump that functions like an artificial pancreas ranked No. 1 on Cleveland Clinic’s list of the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018. The announcement of the entire list will be made Wednesday as part of the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit.

Other innovations being honored include gene therapy for blindness, new ways of creating vaccines and targeted breast cancer treatment. The insulin pump, which will help patients with Type 1 diabetes, was judged to be the innovation that will have the biggest impact on healthcare next year.

“This is a major breakthrough,” said Dr. James Young, chairman of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

The pump senses blood glucose levels and delivers insulin via subcutaneous sensors, Young said.

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Originally published October 25, 2017.

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