Category Archives: Health and Medical

Ingestible Medical Devices Can Be Broken Down With Light

Ingestible Medical Devices Can Be Broken Down With Light

A variety of medical devices can be inserted into the gastrointestinal tract to treat, diagnose, or monitor GI disorders. Many of these have to be removed by endoscopic surgery once their job is done. However, MIT engineers have now come up with a way to trigger such devices to break down inside the body when they are exposed to light from an ingestible LED.

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Researchers Hope to Make Needle Pricks For Diabetics A Thing of the Past

Researchers Hope to Make Needle Pricks For Diabetics A Thing of the Past

Patients with diabetes have to test their blood sugar levels several times a day to make sure they are not getting too high or too low. Studies have shown that more than half of patients don’t test often enough, in part because of the pain and inconvenience of the needle prick. But, a new noninvasive technique may allow those with diabetes to directly measure glucose concentrations through the skin.

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