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How One Woman Built Her Own Pancreas And Started A Movement

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      BY on July 19, 2017

      Dana Lewis has Type 1 diabetes, which means her pancreas doesn’t work the way it should: It doesn’t make the insulin she needs to survive.

      So, she built a new one.

      It’s not a biological organ. Lewis’ artificial pancreas system (APS) is an open-source computer system that monitors her blood sugar level and gives her body insulin as needed, building on the insulin pump and glucose monitor that she’s been using for years.

      Now, Lewis is known as the founder of the open source APS and leads a community of DIY diabetes patients who are constantly innovating new technology to help manage the condition.

      She’s built a technology that is already changing and saving the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes, and she made it happen years before commercial devices have reached the market.

      Lewis started working on OpenAPS two years ago, and at first, she didn’t intend to build a computer system at all.

      Like thousands of other people with Type 1 diabetes, Lewis was using a continuous glucose monitor to track her blood sugar level around the clock. When her levels were too high or too low, the monitor would sound an alarm to let her know she should inject insulin using her insulin pump.

      But Lewis is a power sleeper. She slept through the loudest alarms that her monitor makes, which meant she could slip into a coma or even die in the middle of the night because her blood sugar was dangerously high or low.

      “I had to rely on my mom texting or calling me in the morning to check and make sure if I was OK,” Lewis said. “You don’t want it to be the thing that worries her — about whether you’re going to be alive in the morning.”

      https://www.geekwire.com/2017/health-tech-podcast-...

      https://openaps.org/

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      Indigenous Archaeological Find In Kakadu Recasts Australian History – Video

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          "A dig at Madjedbebe on the traditional lands of the Mirarr people in northern Australia has unearthed thousands of artefacts, some as old as 80,000 years. The discovery upends decades-old estimates about the human colonisation of the continent (previously estimated at between 47,000 and 60,000 years) and adds western scientific evidence to Indigenous cultural knowledge about the length of time their ancestors have occupied the land."

          https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2...

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          'Peculiar' Radio Signals Emerge From Nearby Star

          'Peculiar' radio signals emerge from nearby star

          " Something unusual first came to light in April and May, when the team was studying a series of small and relatively cool red dwarf stars, some of which are known to have planets circling them.

          Ross 128 is not known to have planets, but "we realized that there were some very peculiar signals in the 10-minute dynamic spectrum that we obtained from Ross 128."

          The signals were observed May 13 at 0053 GMT, and "consisted of broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features," he wrote.

          "We believe that the signals are not local radio frequency interferences (RFI) since they are unique to Ross 128 and observations of other stars immediately before and after did not show anything similar."

          There are three main possibilities to explain the bursts.

          They could be emissions similar to solar flares.

          They could be emissions from another object in the field of view of Ross 128.

          Or they might be a burst from a high orbit satellite, Mendez wrote. "

          https://www.afp.com/en/news/2265/peculiar-radio-si...

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          Just 100 Companies Responsible For 71% Of Global Emissions, Study Says

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              The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit CDP, which published the report in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute.

              https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2...

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              Breakthrough Cancer Treatment Close To Approval

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                  A revolutionary, experimental Pediatric Cancer treatment just got one step closer to approval.

                  LYDIA RAMSEY
                  Jul 13th 2017 7:32AM

                  A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee just gave a critical recommendation for a cutting-edge cancer therapy.

                  Novartis went before the FDA on Wednesday for an advisory committee meetingto present data for CTL019, a treatment for pediatric acute lymphoblastic lymphoblastic leukemia. The panel voted unanimously 10-0 in favor of recommending the treatment.

                  The highly personalized treatment is called CAR T-cell therapy. It's a type of cancer immunotherapy — or a therapy that harnesses the body's immune system to take on cancer cells.

                  Short for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, CAR-T treatment takes a person's own cells, removes them from the body, re-engineers them, and then puts the cells back in the body where they can attack cancer cells. Novartis' therapy is one of two cutting-edge treatments for blood cancers are poised to get approved by the end of the year.

                  The FDA can take the panel's recommendation into consideration but doesn't necessarily rule the same way. The company is expected to get a decision from the FDA by October, Bloomberg reported.

                  Read more https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/07/13/a-revo...

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