I have never had blood sugar this stable, and I have never felt this good in my life.
How the Artificial Pancreas Helped a Type 1 Diabetes Patient
Lauren Sivewright has struggled with Type 1 diabetes since she was three. Since then, she has struggled to keep her blood sugar stable and worried that it would drop too low while she was asleep.
UVA researchers developed a device to help people like Lauren. The artificial pancreas is a smartphone-based system that automatically tests blood sugar every five minutes, then predicts whether it will go too high or low.
Lauren participated in the clinical trial. With the artificial pancreas, she enjoyed her life without worrying about her blood sugar, which remained stable.
Although the artificial pancreas is still undergoing clinical trials, researchers hope to ultimately make it available to anyone with Type 1 diabetes.
UVA student Cleo Boyd ran long distance for UVA’s cross country and track and field teams. But she often had to take time off from her training because of an ongoing foot injury.
Foot and ankle specialist Joseph Park, MD, noticed Cleo’s ankle collapsed to the inside when she walked. He recommended surgery to create a better arch for her foot.
Cleo was nervous about taking time off for surgery. However, after she recovered, she began training consistently, without needing time off. She has become a top Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) runner and won the 5,000 and 10,000-meter race at the 2016 ACC championships.
About 2.5 weeks into the treatment, I woke up getting ready to go to my treatment and I could feel myself grinning.
Overcoming Depression Through TMS Therapy
Amy Sarah Marshall
On the outside, Karen Pfeiffer’s life appeared pleasant: She was married with children and had a good job. But she had suffered from depression since she was 12, and every day was hard. She had trouble sleeping, gained weight and tried to avoid talking to people.
Karen’s job kept her on the road frequently, “and I thought to myself, if I’m in an accident and I don’t live — that will be OK. That way, I’m not committing suicide, but I’m not suffering anymore.”
Karen tried multiple medications, but none of them worked. Then she heard about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, and her primary care doctor referred her to UVA. Finally, things started to turn around.