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Engineers create a temporary tattoo that tests blood sugar

Engineers create a temporary tattoo that tests blood sugar | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it

Amay Bandodkar, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, has created a flexible sensor that uses a mild electrical current to measure glucose levels in a person's body. Measuring blood sugar levels multiple times a day is vital for diabetes patients because it shows how well their body is managing their disease as well as the dose of insulin they require, if they need any at all. But because many people find needles unpleasant, they tend to avoid measuring their levels, which puts them at risk of developing serious medical complications.


The new device is painless — It contains electrodes printed on a thin tattoo paper that patients can even dispose after use. "Presently the tattoo sensor can easily survive for a day," Bandodkar said in a statement. "These are extremely inexpensive — a few cents — and hence can be replaced without much financial burden on the patient."

 

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Amay Bandodkar, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, has created a flexible sensor that uses a mild electrical current to measure glucose levels in a person's body. Measuring blood sugar levels multiple times a day is vital for diabetes patients because it shows how well their body is managing their disease as well as the dose of insulin they require, if they need any at all. But because many people find needles unpleasant, they tend to avoid measuring their levels, which puts them at risk of developing serious medical complications.


The new device is painless — It contains electrodes printed on a thin tattoo paper that patients can even dispose after use. "Presently the tattoo sensor can easily survive for a day," Bandodkar said in a statement. "These are extremely inexpensive — a few cents — and hence can be replaced without much financial burden on the patient."

 

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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, January 19, 1:26 PM

Finally!  A way to test your  blood sugar without the needle!  This is quite a breakthrough.

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Individual Sperm Genomes Sequenced for First Time

Individual Sperm Genomes Sequenced for First Time | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it

For the first time, researchers have sequenced the entire genome of the human sperm cell.

 

The findings, reported today (July 19) in the journal Cell, may help researchers understand the genetic mixing that ensures that babies end up with an even blend of DNA.

 

A new understanding of the sperm genome may have "far-ranging implications for the study of cancer, infertility and many other disorders," study researcher Stephen Quake, a bioengineer at Stanford University, said in a statement.

 

Read more:

http://www.livescience.com/21709-individual-sperm-genomes-sequenced-for-first-time.html

 

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