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  Which one of the following innovations do you think is most likely in 2013?  
      Very accurate continuous glucose sensing in general use  
  21%     16  
      Closed loop sensing and insulin pumps available (the artificial pancreas)  
  10%     8  
      New drugs other than insulin widely used in type 1 diabetes  
  4%     3  
      A breakthrough in islet cell transplantation  
  6%     5  
      A breakthrough in halting autoimmunity  
  4%     3  
      A breakthrough in finding the cause of type 1  
  0%      0  
      Something else  
  1%     1  
      No real change from today  
  54%     42  

Total votes: 78

Which one of the following innovations do you think is most likely in 2013?

Poll dates: December 26, 2012 - January 2, 2013
Total Votes: 78

Doctors, scientists, and engineers in academia, government, and industry are working hard to develop a cure for type 1 diabetes, to find ways to prevent it, and to develop better tools to improve treatment. Throughout the year, we report on the progress of this work through our weekly What's New email newsletter. To close out 2012, we thought we'd ask our readers what they thought 2013 would bring.

Continuous glucose sensors became commercially available in 2006. With insurance coverage pretty widespread, 21% of our readers believe that very accurate sensors will be in general use in 2013.

With preliminary studies showing that closed loop systems can work, a small number of our readers -- 10% -- think we'll see a closed loop system available. That's a bit more than previous years, and likely reflects the anticipation of Medtronic's Veo low glucose suspend system finally being available in the US in 2013.

On the biological side, 10% think that 2013 will lead to some advancement, either in islet cell transplantation, halting autoimmunity, or in finding the cause for type 1 diabetes.

Finally, just over half of CWD visitors -- 54% -- think that nothing much will change in 2013, up from last year.

We've run similar polls in December 2006, December 2007, December 2008, December 2009, December 2010, and December 2011.

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Last Updated: Wednesday January 02, 2013 14:52:18
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