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The Seagull has landed

Posted On: 6 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Science Museum

The Seagull has landed

Professor Derek O'Keeffe , from the National University of Ireland, Galway, started the Diabetes Drone project in 2017 after he noticed that many of his patients were unable to reach his clinic due to flooding caused by Hurricane Ophelia .
People living in remote geographic areas can become isolated for several days if the roads into their communities are blocked by snowdrifts or flooding. This can create a medical emergency for those with diabetes if they run out of glucagon or insulin, the lifesaving medications that help manage their blood sugar levels.
Ampoule of early standardised insulin prepared at the National Institute for Medical Research, manufactured in 1923. On loan to the Science Museum Group from Eli Lilly & Co Ltd.
In Ireland and the UK, one in every 16 adults is currently living with diabetes. Climate models suggest that severe storms are becoming more frequent in the British Isles and there are many people who could be put at risk if a natural disaster prevents them from restocking their...

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