Breakthrough: Blood prick tests to become a thing of the past as pharmaceutical scientists develop a new patch to monitor glucose levels – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Breakthrough: Blood prick tests to become a thing of the past as pharmaceutical scientists develop a new patch to monitor glucose levels




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The use of prick needle tests for diabetics could become a thing of the past as pharmaceutical scientists in the UK have developed a new patch that is capable of monitoring blood glucose levels via the skin and hair follicles.

In a revolutionary step towards monitoring the illness which affects thousands of Irish people and millions of others worldwide, scientists say the new patch will eliminate the process of drawing blood as it will draw out glucose from fluid between cells across hair follicles.

Scientists say once the glucose is drawn out, the patient will then be provided an accurate reading as the patch which contains miniature sensors will use a small electric current to determine the level glucose in their system.

Researchers at the University of Bath say the patch which is designed to work with a smartphone or smartwatch, will give accurate readings every 10-15 minutes over several hours as it will actively monitor the reservoir of glucose which is stored in the skin.

They also say the patch will quickly inform patients when they need to use their prescribed medication.

Although the new patch is yet to hit production stage, researchers say they hope the patch will become a low cost solution to monitor the illness which will ultimately erradicate the need for a blood prick test.

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