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Treating Diabetes: No more needles

The Story


Eight-year-old Scott Lowns is enjoying his improved independence, flexibility and freedom thanks to a new device - the diabetic pump. The small device replaces needles and provides a continuous infusion of insulin into the body. For Lowns, who used to have to take four needles a day and experienced high blood sugar spikes, the device could also prevent further insulin-related complications in the future. The newest breakthrough in insulin delivery is described in this CBC Television report.

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Evening News
Broadcast Date: Nov. 15, 1980
Guest(s): Scott Lowns
Reporter: Barbara Trueman
Duration: 2:33

Did You know?


• The insulin pump remains a popular option for people having difficulty controlling their blood glucose levels. In 2003, the pump cost approximately $5100.
• In 1944 a standard insulin syringe was introduced to the Canadian market. The syringe made it easier for diabetics to measure and administer uniform amounts of insulin.

• The insulin pen, released in 1986, allowed diabetics to administer insulin easily and accurately. The pen-like device has a needle on the end which releases insulin into the skin through a tiny burst of pressure.


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