A team led by mechanical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in America has patented two new devices to reduce the rigmarole of diabetes management. One is a phone app designed to identify and quantify food carbohydrate content from a photograph. Blood glucose is then measured and and the device relays the measurement via the app to calculate correct insulin dose.
The second incorporates a glucose sensor into the surface of a needle which is left just below the surface of the skin for five to ten seconds. It then calculates and delivers the precisely required insulin dose. Both devices have yet to be tested in humans but the MIT team is confident the principle will work.
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