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[IP] News on another non-invasive device for testing blood sugar

I found the following article on Excite news and thought everyone here might be interested.  I have read 
about many different technologies being used for non-invasive testing but this is a new one on me.  Sounds 
pretty promising.  It is also interesting to see how little the person that wrote the article understands 
about the basics of diabetes (i.e. do you measure your blood sugar with "needle injections"?????)


(SF Bay Area)

This is an Excite News Article (http://news.excite.com/news/r/000302/23/science-health-diabetes)


News Article: Doctor Reports New Way to Measure Blood Sugar

HERSHEY, Pa. (Reuters) - Diabetics who must measure their
blood sugar levels with needle injections may soon have a
pain-free alternative in the form of a hand-held ultrasound
machine, a medical expert said on Thursday.     
Dr. Robert Gabbay, assistant professor of medicine at
Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine, said a
clinical trial he conducted with colleagues on seven diabetics
using the new ultrasound method measured blood sugar levels
almost as accurately as needles.     
"It's significant because (the ultrasound method) would be
a way to measure glucose levels that would be painless for the
patient," he said.     
Diabetes occurs when blood sugar, or glucose, a source of
body fuel, is too high and the body is not able to burn it. The
disease can lead to blindness, organ diseases, stroke and death.     
Some diabetes patients must measure their glucose levels
daily by pricking the skin and drawing a tiny amount of blood.
They also must reduce their glucose levels by using needles to
inject insulin into their bloodstreams.     
Gabbay said in the clinical trial, a single burst of
low-frequency ultrasound was applied to the surface of the skin
to make it permeable, allowing glucose to cross the skin surface
and be measured. Patients' glucose levels were measured every 15
minutes for four hours, he said.     
The study used patients with type 1 diabetes, which
typically occurs in children and young adults and requires daily
insulin injections to reduce glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes
occurs more frequently in older adults and can be managed with
oral medication, Gabbay said.     
"We took blood...from one of the patients to just be sure
our new method had the correct results. Both methods had almost
the identical readings," he said.     
The clinical trial and its results are published in the
March issue of the journal "Nature Medicine."     
Gabbay said he hopes to conduct a larger trial later this
year and that the method could be available to diabetics in a
couple of years.     
A hand-held device has been developed so patients can
ultimately do the test at home.     
According to statistics provided by the university's college
of medicine, nearly 16 million people in the United States have
diabetes, accounting for about 6 percent of the population.

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