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Bionic pancreas to assist diabetics

– Scientists have made progress on a “bionic pancreas” to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease.

A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday.

The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does.

The device was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. Results were featured Sunday at an American Diabetes Association conference in San Francisco and were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Site of scandal to be demolished

One of the most historic journalism sites of the past half-century will vanish after a decision by the Arlington County Board on Saturday to demolish the building and parking garage where FBI official Mark Felt secretly met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation.

The Arlington County Board unanimously agreed to allow Monday Properties to replace their two 12-story, 1960s-era buildings on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, Virginia, with a 28-story residential tower and a 24-story commercial building.

The parking garage beneath the existing building will be razed, although the county will save the historical marker it erected in 2011, and the landowner has promised to create a commemorative memorial to the events that occurred there. The developer said the design work will take two years, with demolition no earlier than 2017.

3 kids hurt at Civil War event

A cannon fired by a Civil War re-enactment group at a parade in Utah sparked an explosion that sent three children to a hospital.

Investigators say sparks from the cannon landed on a large pouch containing additional charges for the weapon and the pouch then exploded. The accident occurred at the start of the Summerfest Parade in Orem.

Police say all three children were treated at the scene and taken to a hospital.