Medtech Week Recap: US FDA Releases Official Final Draft Guidance for Artificial Pancreas

Monday, November 19th, 2012

On 14 November, which was the World Diabetes Day, US FDA released official final draft guidance for an artificial pancreas. Several companies, including Medtronic, are in a race to develop the first artificial pancreas and the draft guidance is an important milestone. Changes in government reimbursement policies are causing a rapid ...

Biochip Detects Glucose Levels in Saliva

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26584" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="The schematic shows glucose molecules “dancing” on the sensor surface illuminated by light with different colors. Changes in light intensity transmitted through the slit of each plasmonic interferometer yield information about the concentration of glucose molecules in solution. Credit: Domenico Pacifici"][/caption] For patients with ...

Researchers Awarded US$1.2 Million to Develop Smartphone App for Diabetics

Monday, December 12th, 2011

From the wire: An interdisciplinary research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI; Worcester, MA, USA) has received a US$1.2 million award from the US National Science Foundation to develop a smart phone application that will help people with advanced diabetes and foot ulcers better manage their disease. The four-year project ...

Ypsomed Signs Up DuPont’s Low-Friction Resin for Insulin Pen

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

A low-friction resin from DuPont (Le Grand Saconnex, Switzerland) has been specified by Ypsomed AG (Burgdorf, Switzerland) for moulding the dosage-dial sleeve of its UnoPen injection device. DuPont’s Delrin acetal resin is supplied with full regulatory compliance for use in healthcare applications, and the material's low-friction behaviour facilitates use of ...

Smartphone Apps for Chronically Ill

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_20940" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Click to enlarge."][/caption] Most healthcare apps for smartphones tend to fall into the general health and fitness tracking categories. The chronically ill have not been on the radar of apps developers, but that is about to change, according to Berlin-based market research company research2guidance. Traditional healthcare industry ...

Wireless Implantable Glucose Monitor Headed for Human Tests

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

It's just what the diabetics ordered: a fully implantable glucose monitoring device that sends finger sticks to that place where typewriters went. The device, which measures approximately 3 cm diam and 1 cm thick, would be implanted into the chest in an outpatient procedure. It measures glucose levels in tissue ...

Nanotechnology Tattoo May Help Diabetics Track Blood Sugar

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

[caption id="attachment_14878" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Image courtesy of Christine Daniloff"][/caption] People with type I diabetes must prick their fingers several times a day to test their blood sugar level. Though the pain is minor, the chore interferes with daily life. Researchers at MIT are now working on a new type of blood glucose ...

New Sensor Could Help Treat Diabetes and Other Diseases

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

[caption id="attachment_11760" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chemical engineering graduate student Byung Hwan Chu displays a new sensor that could enable diabetics to measure glucose levels in their breath, replacing the finger prick method in wide use today. Image courtesy of University of Florida."][/caption] A tiny new sensor could provide inexpensive diagnosis and treatment ...

US Diabetic Care Market Predicted to Expand by $1.4-Billion within Five Years

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

A recent report predicts that new diabetic monitoring technology and services will expand the diabetic care market by US$1.4 billion in product and service revenues by 2013.  The report, titled “Enhancing Diabetic Care through Intelligent Medical Devices,” finds that there has been something of a paradigm shift in diabetic care, ...