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Noninvasive, “no Finger Prick” Glucose Testing For Diabetes Being Developed By Uk-based Startup

Noninvasive, “no Finger Prick” Glucose Testing For Diabetes Being Developed By Uk-based Startup

Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a platform using nano-engineered, fluorescent silica glass and low powered laser technology to measure blood glucose – without a single drop of blood. With the growing burden of diabetes, there is a lot of interest in making blood glucose tracking less painful and easier for patients. As we covered last year, Google X developed a prototype glucose-sensing contact lens for continuous blood glucose monitoring – that device has since been licensed to Novartis for further development and commercialization. Dr. Gin Jose, an engineering professor at the University of Leeds has developed a platform that basically uses a very thin piece of nano-engineered silica that fluoresces when illuminated with a low power laser. Putting the glass on a person’s skin, they were able to use the duration of fluorescence to figure out the blood glucose level. According to Dr. Jose, “The glass used in our sensors is hardwearing, acting in a similar way as that used in smartphones. Because of this, our device is more affordable, with lower running costs than the existing self-monitoring systems.” The technology has been licensed to Glucosense, a startup spun out of the University of Leeds in partnership with Netscientific. There are plans to develop a wearable version for continuous monitoring and a hand-held finger touch device for spot checks. According to the University of Leeds, promising pilot studies have been carried out by Dr. Peter Grant at the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine. There are now plans for further clinical trials. Right now, the only way to check blood glucose is with a sample of blood, usually through a finger prick. A few years ago, in an effort to convince a diabetic family member to c Continue reading >>

The Fda Has Approved A Blood Sugar Monitor That Doesn’t Require A Finger Prick

The Fda Has Approved A Blood Sugar Monitor That Doesn’t Require A Finger Prick

Further proof the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been warming up to modern technology — it has just approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor that doesn’t require the user to prick themselves over and over for a blood sample. Today, the FDA cleared Abbot’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, a device that uses a small sensor wire inserted under the skin to determine glucose levels in adult diabetics. Another wand-like device is then waved over the sensor to measure and give a readout of those glucose levels. This is a milestone move for the FDA as diabetes affects nearly 30 million people in the United States who currently have to test their blood sugar by pricking themselves several times throughout the day and every time they eat. However, the idea for a prickless blood sugar monitor isn’t new. Tech companies have increasingly shown an interest in the massive diabetics market over the past few years. Apple is rumored to be working on such a device and its CEO Tim Cook has even been spotted wearing a possible prototype that could connect to the Apple Watch. Other companies endeavor to build something similar, including Glucowise, which has a device still under development. However, it seems it’s not so easy to create a needleless blood sugar detector. Google tried to build a contact lens that could detect glucose but it seems the project has gone nowhere since drug company Novartis licensed the tech in 2014. Another FDA-approved device for glucose monitoring without the prick called the GlucoWatch was approved in the early 2000’s, but consumers found it cumbersome and it happened to cause a bad rash in some. But there’s new hope today that the Freestyle monitor has worked out all the kinks. The device is intended for those 18 a Continue reading >>

Imagine Living A Healthier Life With Glucowise™

Imagine Living A Healthier Life With Glucowise™

We are developing a new non-invasive glucose monitor that will help you take control of your life. (Caution: GlucoWise is still under development and not available for public testing. If you are interested please use the "Get involved" signup form on this page. Due to the overwhelming demand we are unable to respond to individual emails - we are focused on getting the device to the market quickly). Glucowise™ is a non-invasive, 100% pain-free device that makes traditional blood sampling a thing of the past. Our unique sensor technology will allow you to monitor blood glucose levels without the need to pierce your skin. Simple yet highly reliable, Glucowise™ will exceed industry standards for self-monitoring blood glucose accuracy. You will be able to sample as often as you like and wherever you like, ensuring you avoid sudden hypoglycemic events. Our App and Smart Cloud technology delivers personalised advice and alerts, helping you to fully manage your condition. Intelligent analytics will use your current and historical data to calculate and forecast immediate trends in your blood glucose levels, allowing you to adjust your food or medication intake according to your activities or how you are feeling. Glucowise™ will offer unlimited testing without the need for costly consumables, so you can test as often as you like without having to worry about the cost or pain. The compact design will offer you high levels of privacy. It will take no more than 10 seconds to provide a simple, fast and highly discrete testing experience – anytime, anywhere. The data can then sent wirelessly and securely to your smartphone or tablet. Take control There are many situations whereby conventional testing is challenging. Often people with diabetes will unnecessarily expose themselv Continue reading >>

Laser Device Detects Blood Glucose Levels Without The Finger-prick

Laser Device Detects Blood Glucose Levels Without The Finger-prick

2 pictures Finger-prick tests to monitor blood glucose levels can be the bane of a diabetic's life. In a move that could put an end to such tests in the future, researchers at Princeton University have developed a non-invasive way to test blood glucose levels using a laser. Like a number of other blood glucose measuring research efforts we've seen in recent years, such as carbon nanotube "tattoos" and biochips that measure glucose in saliva, the Princeton team's method doesn't require direct analysis of a blood sample. Instead, the new approach detects the level of blood sugar by directing a specialized laser at a person's palm and measuring the amount of absorption by the sugar molecules in the person's body. Rather than the person's blood, the laser targets dermal interstitial fluid, which has a strong correlation with blood sugar. Instead of near-infrared light, which is used by many medical devices, the Princeton team's method uses mid-infrared light. This is because although near infrared light is not blocked by water, making it suitable for use in the human body, it interacts with a number of acids and chemicals in the skin, making it unsuitable for detecting blood sugar. However, the use of mid-infrared light presents its own problems – it is difficult to harness with standard lasers and requires relatively high power and stability to penetrate the skin and scatter off bodily fluid. The researchers found the answer in the form of a new type of device particularly capable of producing mid-infrared light called a quantum cascade laser. Quantum cascade lasers boast the ability to produce one of a number of frequencies by passing electrons through a "cascade" of semiconductor layers. Recent developments have also provided increased power and stability, allowing the Continue reading >>

A Diabetes Monitor That Spares The Fingers

A Diabetes Monitor That Spares The Fingers

For the past year and a half I’ve been buying a medical device from Italy that has improved my life immeasurably. It wasn’t easy: I roped in a good friend who had moved to Milan to buy the device and ship it to me because it wasn’t yet available in the States. And it was expensive: over $1,600 a year. But my black-market purchase helps me manage my Type 1 diabetes without the need to draw blood from my callused fingers 10-plus times a day to track my glucose level, a ritual that had been an unpleasant part of my life for decades. The FreeStyle Libre, made by Abbott, is a flash glucose sensor that allows people with diabetes to view our blood sugar every minute of the day without a single finger prick. While there are similar devices on the market — called continuous glucose monitors, or CGMs — the Libre is the least invasive one I’ve seen. It takes readings from a sensor under the skin but doesn’t require finger sticks for calibration, and is about the size of a quarter and as thick as two. And it’s helping me keep my diabetes under better control. There have been some challenges: The Milanese UPS store wanted a letter detailing exactly what was in the box. My credit card’s fraud department called (“Yes, the charge for $365 from Milan is mine”). So I was thrilled to learn that the Food and Drug Administration recently approved the sale of the Libre in the United States, a decision that may help some of the 29 million Americans with diabetes. The Libre I buy from Italy has a self-adhesive, waterproof white sensor that sticks to my arm for 14 days. It took some trial and error to get used to it. One sensor flipped off from over-aggressive toweling at the gym; another came loose after a backpack strap nicked it. Finally, rather than the spot on my out Continue reading >>

Test Your Glucose Level Without Drawing Blood

Test Your Glucose Level Without Drawing Blood

People with diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance are advised to spot-check their blood-glucose levels several times daily to reduce the risk of serious complications. That’s a lot of finger-pricking, considering that about 700 million people fall into one of those categories. The Israeli company Integrity Applications put more than a decade into developing GlucoTrack, described as the first truly noninvasive system for self-monitoring glucose levels. Instead of drawing blood, you clip the GlucoTrack sensor to your earlobe. A patented combination of ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technologies works with a proprietary algorithm to measure physiological parameters correlated with glucose level. Results are displayed within about a minute on a USB-connected handheld control unit, which also stores and compares previous readings. The number is announced verbally, facilitating use by elderly and vision-impaired people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Sales in parts of Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand began in 2016, after the newest version of the device won regulatory approval in Europe and in South Korea. Integrity is soon beginning clinical trials of GlucoTrack Model DF-F in the United States required for US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and is working toward approval in China. The “DF” stands for David Freger, the late Israeli physicist who envisioned a novel noninvasive glucose monitor. His colleagues Avner Gal and David Malka helped him turn it into reality. “David passed away from diabetes complications at age 48 in 2004, and we called our device models DF to memorialize him,” Gal tells ISRAEL21c. Three technologies The trio’s research revealed several attempts to invent a noninvasive blood-glucose monitor using optic Continue reading >>

New Device For Diabetes Eliminates The Need For Painful Finger Pricking

New Device For Diabetes Eliminates The Need For Painful Finger Pricking

New device for diabetes eliminates the need for painful finger pricking A NEW device launching this week is set to change the life of Australian adults with diabetes, who often have to prick their fingers several times a day. The sensor is inserted into the arm and stays there for two weeks.Source:Supplied AUSTRALIAN adults with diabetes now have the option of using a new glucose monitoring device, which eliminates the need for regular finger pricking. The system, which has been available in Europe for several years, involves a small sensor the size of a 20 cent coin worn on the upper arm for 14 days. Many diabetics have to draw blood and test their blood glucose levels up to 12 times a day. Instead of doing that, they can now scan the sensor and get a reading in less than a second. The Abbotts FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System also displays an eight-hour history and a trend arrow showing the direction the glucose is heading. The device will make life easier for people living with diabetes who use insulin, whether type 1 or type 2, said Diabetes Australia spokeswoman Renza Scibilia. This device is pressed against the sensor and immediately gives the user a blood sugar reading.Source:Supplied Finger pricking is painful, inconvenient and intrusive, which is often why people dont check their levels as often as they ideally should, she told news.com.au. Its very different from just wearing a device on your arm and scanning it. The disposable, water-resistant sensor needs to be replaced every 14 days and costs $95, while the reader is the same price. The Freestyle Libre can be purchased online via the official website. Ashley Ng, 26, from Melbourne, has been testing the device for two weeks and is a big fan. I didnt realise how much a burden finger-pricking wa Continue reading >>

Glucose Testing Via Earlobe, Not Stressful Fingersticks

Glucose Testing Via Earlobe, Not Stressful Fingersticks

Ah, non-invasive glucose testing. It's the dreamed-about Holy Grail of Diabetes, something we know could someday exist but seems to remain just beyond reach. There have been oodles of attempts at non-invasive approaches through the years -- everything from the failed GlucoWatch concept to more recent designs promising glucose readings through tattoos, tears, sweat, saliva, fingerprint and eyeball scans, and even contact lenses. Now there's another one on the scene, Folks. This one is called GlucoTrack, and it offers us the ability to test our blood sugars without hav ing to poke our fingers or draw any blood. All we need to do is put a clip on our earlobe. Well, this isn't actually new; the product's been in development by Israeli company Integrity Applications for the better part of a decade now, and you may remember our coverage of this very device back in 2009, and other coverage going back to 2006 about GlucoTrack "coming soon." As with most of these non-invasive prototypes, approval was expected to be right around the corner... but that didn't materialize. Flash forward to Summer 2013, and GlucoTrack finally secured CE Mark approval to sell in Europe, and now hopes to submit the device to U.S. regulators as soon as possible -- with a plan to conduct clinical studies here sometime this year. The GlucoTrack DF-F model is a high-tech earlobe clip that measures glucose using three kinds of technologies: ultrasound, electromagnetic, and thermal. You just clip the GlucoTrack sensor onto your earlobe and within a minute, it sends your BG data through a headphone-style cord to a smartphone-sized handheld controller. And that's where the glucose reading is displayed or even verbally announced. Integrity Applications points to clinical data collected since 2009 at the Soroka Continue reading >>

Diabetics Can Now Test Their Blood Sugar Levels With A Mobile Device

Diabetics Can Now Test Their Blood Sugar Levels With A Mobile Device

People living with diabetes have to prick their fingers to check their blood sugar levels anywhere from one to seven times a day. But now, there’s a better way to monitor blood sugar. This week, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first at-home, needleless system for continuously monitoring glucose for people with diabetes. The system, called FreeStyle Libre Flash, and manufactured by the DC-based Abbott Laboratories, allows users to forgo finger-pricking for up to 10 days at a time. The Flash is essentially a small, circular plastic sensor that sits on top of the skin and detects blood sugar from a small wire that goes under the skin beneath the sensor. People can insert themselves using an applicator that works sort of like a rubber stamp. Once people have applied the sensor on their arms, they can wave a mobile device a little smaller than a smartphone in front of it to read glucose levels. It takes about 12 hours for the wire to become adjusted to the person’s body, but afterward the device takes continuous data that tracks blood sugar over time for over a week. Afterward, you peel the sensor off slowly, and apply a new one. Ideally, this would encourage people with diabetes to check their blood sugar more routinely, Jared Watkin, senior vice president of Abbott’s Diabetes Care unit, told Reuters. Often, people will forgo checking their sugar levels as often as they should because finger pricking can be such a nuisance. Right now it’s only marketed for adults, but the company hopes to receive approval for children under 18 as well. Abbott already has one needle-free blood sugar monitoring system available for the public called the FreeStyle Libre Pro. However, users have to make a special trip to the doctor’s office to have the wire placed und Continue reading >>

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

With countless blood glucose meters on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Do you choose the most expensive one; it must work the best if it costs the most, right? Or are you a techie looking for a Bluetooth meter that syncs to your smartphone? Perhaps, you’re concerned with the cost and you’re looking for the most affordable meter. Top 10 Glucose Meters We’ve taken the time to test the ten most popular blood glucose meters. Take a look to find the meter that’s the best fit for you. Winner and our favorite meter is One Touch Ultra 2. OneTouch Ultra 2 Accu-Chek Aviva Connect Walmart ReliON Confirm OneTouch Verio Abbott FreeStyle Lite Walgreens True2Go Contour Next EZ Livongo Health In Touch Meter Nova Max Plus Sanofi iBGStar Our Pick After a careful review of the top glucose meters on the market, our #1 recommendation is the One Touch Ultra 2. It’s simply one of the best in terms of functionality and price. Click here to learn more. (Helpful Tip: Although you can get one from your local pharmacy, you’ll find it cheaper on Amazon. Click here to get yours.) Accu-Chek Aviva Connect The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from the Bluetooth connection that syncs to the user’s smartphone. The Connect utilizes an app to keep track of both short-term and long-term readings on a person’s smartphone. The user can also view their trends via bar graphs and maps on the app. The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect will cost you $29.99 and $1.75 for a single test strip. One con to this meter is that the test strips are one of the highest priced strips on the market. However, they are readily available in almost all drug stores and pharmacies. Accu-Chek also offers a supplemental program called Preferred Savings which can reduce most test-strip co-pays to $15-$45. Ot Continue reading >>

Glucotrack: Glucose Monitoring Technology Without Needles!

Glucotrack: Glucose Monitoring Technology Without Needles!

For those living with type 2 diabetes, getting access to traditional Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems (CGM systems) is a challenge. And many, especially those on Medicare, are very restricted to the amount of test strips they are given per day. This can lead to missed episodes of high or low blood sugars, though lows are less common with type 2 diabetes. The GlucoTrack system by Ultramedix will give those living with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes a way to painlessly check their glucose levels more frequently without pricking their fingers. While calibration does take roughly 30 minutes to complete, once the system is calibrated, it’s calibrated for 6 months. This will allow those with restricted amounts of strips to be able to track their glucose readings more frequently throughout the day, thus allowing both the patient and the doctor to possibly find areas where improvement can be made in their current therapy. I had the chance to ask the Director of Ultramedix, Saul Freedman, a few questions about the system, such as how it works, who it’s best suited for and why, and pricing. Can you tell me how this works, Saul? The GlucoTrack model DF-F uses a unique and patented combination of 3 different technologies, Ultrasound + Electromagnetic +Thermal, brought together by proprietary algorithm to weigh each measurement and calculate the weighted average of the three readings. Once calibrated, taking a reading is as simple as clipping the Personal Ear Clip (PEC) to the wearers ear lobe to obtain a reading. The reading takes under one minute to complete. And, while the PEC’s are single-user only, the main device can be used by up to three users, which is great for households with more than one person with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Is it really non-invasive Continue reading >>

Fda Approves First Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Pricks

Fda Approves First Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Pricks

FDA approves first blood sugar monitor without finger pricks The FDA has approved a device from Abbott that continuously monitors diabetics’ blood sugar levels without requiring backup finger prick tests. .S. regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn’t need backup finger prick tests. Current models require users to test a drop of blood twice daily to calibrate, or adjust, the monitor. The pain of finger sticks and the cost of testing supplies discourage many people from keeping close tabs on their blood sugar, which is needed to manage insulin use and adjust what they eat. Abbott’s new FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System , approved Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, uses a small sensor attached to the upper arm. Patients wave a reader device over it to see the current blood sugar level and changes over the past eight hours. Most of the 30 million Americans with diabetes use standard glucose meters, which require multiple finger pricks each day and only show current sugar level. More-accurate continuous glucose monitoring devices are used by about 345,000 Americans. Sign up for our Morning Rounds newsletter But most don’t do the finger pricks to calibrate them and may get inaccurate readings, said Dr. Timothy Bailey, who helped test FreeStyle Libre. “We’re able to lower blood sugar safely” with this technology, said Bailey, director of the Advanced Metabolic Care and Research Institute in California. He receives consulting fees from various diabetes device makers. Too-high blood sugar levels can damage organs and lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness and amputations. Very low blood sugar can cause seizures, confusion and loss of consciousness. Abbott’s device was approved for ad Continue reading >>

Fda Approves First Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Prick

Fda Approves First Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Prick

U.S. regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn't need backup finger prick tests. Current models require users to test a drop of blood twice daily to calibrate, or adjust, the monitor. The pain of finger sticks and the cost of testing supplies discourage many people from keeping close tabs on their blood sugar, which is needed to manage insulin use and adjust what they eat. Abbott's new FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, approved Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, uses a small sensor attached to the upper arm. Patients wave a reader device over it to see the current blood sugar level and changes over the past eight hours. Most of the 30 million Americans with diabetes use standard glucose meters, which require multiple finger pricks each day and only show current sugar level. More-accurate continuous glucose monitoring devices are used by about 345,000 Americans. But most don't do the finger pricks to calibrate them and may get inaccurate readings, said Dr. Timothy Bailey, who helped test FreeStyle Libre. "We're able to lower blood sugar safely" with this technology, said Bailey, director of the Advanced Metabolic Care and Research Institute in California. He receives consulting fees from various diabetes device makers. Too-high blood sugar levels can damage organs and lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness and amputations. Very low blood sugar can cause seizures, confusion and loss of consciousness. Abbott's device was approved for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and should be available in pharmacies within months. The company, based near Chicago, did not disclose the price of the reader or the sensors. Abbott's system can't be used with an insulin pump, a device worn against the skin th Continue reading >>

Diabetes System Continuously Checks Glucose Without A Finger Prick

Diabetes System Continuously Checks Glucose Without A Finger Prick

Thanks to a system developed by Dexcom, a developer of technology for diabetes, diabetics won’t need to prick their fingers anymore to check their glucose levels. The Dexcom G5 is a glucose monitoring system that uses a sensor, a transmitter, and the user’s smartphone to continuously monitor the user’s glucose levels. “The Dexcom G5 Mobile system is the only continuous glucose monitor that the FDA has approved to replace finger stick blood glucose measurements when making diabetes treatment decisions,” says Jake Leach, senior vice president of research and development at Dexcom. A hair-like, stainless steel needle is inserted into the abdomen and releases the sensor, a flexible, metal wire with proprietary embedded membranes. After insertion, the needle is removed while the sensor is left behind. “These membranes are highly biocompatible and include glucose oxidase enzyme technology, which allows the sensor to accurately measure glucose” Leach says. "It undergoes testing to ensure biocompatibility." The coding also manages the amount of glucose that goes to the sensor enzyme, allowing consistency with the amount of glucose being transported. The sensor is connected to a thin, patch-like transmitter with two electrodes that use a 12-amp signal. As soon as the transmitter snaps with the sensor, it begins to function. The sensor comes out when the patch is removed. The transmitter is similar to a shell, designed with a polymer resin using a custom molding process. It was designed without a seal so it cannot be opened, which keeps it waterproof. Since the transmitter is not disposable, the batteries, two silver oxide coin cells, cannot be replaced. The transmitter, which runs on low power to ensure only its frequency is picked up, should be replaced after thre Continue reading >>

Checking Your Blood Sugar--without Checking Your Blood

Checking Your Blood Sugar--without Checking Your Blood

As every patient with diabetes knows, pricking your finger to check your blood sugar is a dreaded daily ritual. Not only is it a painful reminder of the disease itself, it’s currently the only way to consistently and accurately monitor your blood sugar. It’s especially tough on children and leads to much anxiety--beyond having the condition itself. A “fingerstick”, as it is known by many healthcare professionals and patients alike--involves using a sharp lancet to puncture the skin of your fingertip, followed by placement of a drop of blood on a special instrument (glucometer) that can read your glucose level, usually in under a minute or so. Now it seems that a research group from the University of Leeds in England has tackled the problem of how to measure blood sugar noninvasively—without having to actually puncture the skin at all! The new technique, according to the researchers, is based on the interaction of ions in a special nano-engineered silica-type glass device which fluoresce in response to infrared light waves. Embedded in the special silica glass are ions which produce special infrared fluorescent light waves in response to light from certain laser wavelengths. The wavelength produced is related the level of the blood sugar in the blood vessels near the skin when a finger is placed onto a special glass device. And based on their research, it appears that the period of time that fluorescence occurs is related to the concentration of glucose in the superficial blood vessels or capillaries in the skin. In fact, according to a recent study from the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, the results from the device were comparable to results achieved using a standard glucometer with finger pricking. “This device if proven to be eff Continue reading >>

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