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Glucose Biographer

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June 4, 2004

GlucoWatch Biographer is a consumer product that measures glucose levels frequently, automatically and non-invasively, enabling people with diabetes and health care professionals to identify trends in fluctuating glucose levels that would be difficult to detect using current testing techniques. Described as "the most significant technological breakthrough in glucose monitoring since the transition from urine dip sticks to blood meters about twenty years ago" by John C Hodgman, Chairman of developers Cygnus, Inc, the device can be used to measure glucose levels up to three times an hour, for up to twelve hours and is used to detect and assess episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. GlucoWatch Biographer is a prescription medication in the US and is a supplement to existing home glucose monitoring devices rather than a replacement. Unlike other systems the GlucoWatch collects glucose through the skin, not from blood and has alert systems to inform users when glucose levels are not as they should be, storing up to 4,000 glucose values in an electronic diary that can be reviewed at any time as well as analysed using dedicated software program.

The GlucoWatch Biographer sells for US$595 where it was released in the April but the device is not yet available in Australia. And with the frightening statistic that the World Health Organization estimates there are 125 million people worldwide with diabetes - a number expected to double by 2025 - there will unfortunately be a need for this technology.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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