- Diabetic people now can use a new product, InsulAid, as a pinpointing and diagnostic tool to take care of the diabetes management. Presently they use three separate devices such as lancet, glucose monitor and needle for that. This new system has many advance functions. There is a needle-less injection system inserted into one device makes it easy to handle. InsulAid provides flexibility and benefits of an easy-handle, expedient and painless method of diabetes management. The lancet, glucose meter and needle-less injection system works on simple methods for blood test and insulin-injection through the stomas in the skin. This new device will help the diabetics for good health managment.
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland’s Biotechnology Institute headed by Dr. Chris Geddes has developed special molecules with the ability to identify glucose at very low levels that can be integrated in contact lenses to detect the amount of glucose in the tears that is approximately 1/10th of the total present in the blood. With such contact lenses, there will be no need of any extra device. These contact lenses will show the results in the form of a dot in the wearer’s area of vision by changing colors to point out low or high blood sugar levels. Anyway diabetics need to sit back a while until the special lenses undergo complete testing process to become commercially available.
Daniel Smith and Darell Reneker, researchers at the University of Akron have developed a new type of Nanofiber based bandages that can speed up the healing process of the human body. The duo used electricity to spin ultrafine polymer fibers and infused them with chemicals so that the wound is always open to oxygen. The result is a bandage that can kill bacteria and also speed up the slow healing process. The bandage is extremely helpful for diabetics as their wounds don’t heal that easily. The reason behind this is that diabetics don’t produce nitric oxide gas that is an important chemical for body repair. The bandages release this chemical which helps the diabetics get rid of their wounds as soon as possible. The bandages are also inexpensive, lightweight and elastic and they stay on the wound without sticking on to it. The first human trials are being done in Columbia and the researchers believe that the results will definitely win them FDA approval. Smith also commented that the bandages will be ready for production by 2008.