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Bayer's Didget blood glucose meter connects to Nintendo DS and DS Lite systems and awards ...

Dealing with juvenile diabetes can’t be easy, so anything that adds a little fun to the tedious process of monitoring blood glucose levels might help put a smile on a child’s face. Bayer Diabetes Care has just introduced Didget - a unique blood glucose monitoring system that is designed to encourage regular testing with reward points to use online or through Nintendo gaming systems.  Read More

A new nanotechnology-based vaccine offers the hope of curing type 1 diabetes in humans

According to the American Diabetes Association around one in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes – also known as IDDM, or juvenile diabetes. Currently there is no known way to prevent the disease which requires sufferers to administer insulin usually via injection or a pump. Using a nanotechnology-based "vaccine," researchers were able to successfully cure mice with type 1 diabetes and slow the onset of the disease in mice at risk for the disease.  Read More

An artificial pancreas system could help safely manage type 1 diabetes in children (Image:...

An artificial pancreas system being developed by scientists at Cambridge in the UK could help safely manage type 1 diabetes in children.The artificial pancreas combines a commercially available continuous glucose monitor and an insulin pump, and uses a sophisticated algorithm which calculates the correct amount of insulin to deliver based on real-time glucose readings.  Read More

Color-changing contact lenses will alert diabetics when sugar levels change (Photo: Etan J...

We have seen some interesting and innovative medical uses for contact lenses recently, including dispensing drugs and even stem cells to help restore sight. The latest medical breakthrough - contact lenses that change color when glucose levels vary – could signal the end of the sometimes painful and inconvenient process of drawing and monitoring blood throughout the day... a welcome relief for most diabetes sufferers.  Read More

Glucocard Vital meter can produce a test result in about seven seconds

Diabetes care specialist Arkray recently announced that it has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Glucocard Vital blood glucose monitoring system. The tester, which consists of a meter and test strip, is very accurate, requires a tiny drop of blood, takes as little as seven seconds and has a unique glucose oxydase (GO) strip chemistry that is reportedly not affected by interferences that cause testing errors in other common test strips.  Read More

Engineering edible bacteria: researchers engineered friendly bacteria (dots in the gray ar...

A yogurt-based treatment for diabetes that uses non-harmful bacteria is being tested on diabetic mice. Gut microbes that have been engineered to make a specific protein are helping regulate blood sugar in the rodents, according to research presented at the American Chemical Society conference in Washington, D.C. Scientists hope the treatment might one day provide an alternative for people with diabetes.  Read More

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