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Trials of a nasal spray to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes have been promising ...

A nasal spray vaccine currently being trialed in Australia could prevent the development of type 1 diabetes. Previous research showed that the nasal vaccine was successful in preventing the disease in mice, and now the results of a study involving 52 adults with early type 1 diabetes has provided encouraging evidence that it could also be effective in preventing the disease humans.  Read More

The SteriShoe Shoe Sanitizer uses UV light to kill microorganisms in shoes

U.S. company Shoe Care Innovations has launched the world’s first ultraviolet shoe cleaner. The SteriShoe UV Shoe Santizer safely disinfects the inside of shoes by using ultraviolet (UVC) light. It is ideal for people who suffer from athlete's foot (tinea pedis), toenail fungus (onychomycosis), or shoe odor. It has also been recommended for diabetes sufferers and is 100 percent free of chemicals.  Read More

The iBGStar plug-in glucose meter

With the number of apps in Apple’s App Store standing at more than 250,000 it’s no surprise that there are a number of diabetes-related apps amongst them. Such apps require users to manually enter information such as glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages and activities to allow diabetics to better control the disease. A new plug-in attachment for the iPhone and iPod touch called the iBGStar takes things one step further by incorporating a blood glucose meter that allows users to view and analyze readings in ‘real time’.  Read More

MIT researchers have devised a way to measure blood glucose levels by shining near-infrare...

For most sufferers of type 1 diabetes pricking their fingers several times a day to draw blood for testing is an annoying (and often painful), but necessary part of life. It is essential to keep an eye on blood glucose levels because too much sugar can damage organs, while too little deprives the body of necessary fuel. To minimize that pain and inconvenience, researchers at MIT’s Spectroscopy Laboratory are working on a noninvasive way to measure blood glucose levels using light.  Read More

Glucose molecules such as this can cause serious problems for diabetes sufferers

Diabetes is an enormous global problem... and it is on the rise. Despite decades of research and advances in technology, the methods of accurately measuring glucose in the body are still quite primitive. A new type of blood glucose monitor being developed at MIT could not only eliminate the need for finger pricks, but could also offer more accurate readings by way of a “tattoo” of nanoparticles injected below the skin.  Read More

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

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