On the horizon: better glucose testing.
One research team--consisting of physicists, electrical and computer engineers, chemists, and physicians at three universities--is developing a new glucose monitor worn like a skinpatch. The noninvasive method utilizes a light beam to continuously measure glucose levels in fluids just underneath the skin.
An experimental handheld device designed to measure blood glucose levels is based on the body's heat emissions. Testing is under way at the University of Connecticut Health Center. To achieve the reading, the device is placed in the ear, like an ear thermometer, for 10 seconds.
Cygnus, Inc.'s GlucoWatch G2[R] Biographer is approved to detect glucose level trends in people with diabetes. The prescription device, which looks like a wrist watch, pulls fluid from the skin using a low electric current and then measures the glucose in the fluid. It must be used with conventional glucose monitoring of blood samples, however.
The first patent for a blood glucose meter was issued in 1971.
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2004|
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