JUN 13, 2020 6:27 PM PDT

An Alogrithim That Can Help Manage Type 1 Diabetes

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already made strides in almost every field and medicine is no exception. Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have used AI to design a method that can allow Type 1 diabetics better manage their glucose levels. The algorithm is paired with a phone app called DailyDose

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"Our system design is unique," said lead author Nichole Tyler, an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the OHSU School of Medicine. "We designed the AI algorithm entirely using a mathematical simulator, and yet when the algorithm was validated on real-world data from people with type 1 diabetes at OHSU, it generated recommendations that were highly similar to recommendations from endocrinologists."

Findings were published in the journal Nature Metabolism and describes how the algorithm used data collected from continuous glucose monitoring systems and wireless insulin pens.

"There are other published algorithms on this, but not a lot of clinical studies," said Jacobs, senior author on the study. "Very few have shown a statistically relevant outcome -- and most do not compare algorithm recommendations with those of a physician. In addition to showing improvement in glucose control, our algorithm generated recommendations that had very high correlation with physician recommendations with over 99% of the algorithm's recommendations delivered across 100 weeks of patient testing considered safe by physicians."

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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