Optical Glucose Sensor Developed at UC Santa Cruz Holds Promise for Diabetics, Intensive Care Patients

March 2004
Ascribe Newswire: Medicine;3/24/2004, p38
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, California, have developed a novel optical glucose sensor that could be used to provide continuous monitoring of glucose levels in diabetics and hospitalized patients. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond to insulin, the hormone that allows glucose to enter the body's cells and be stored or used for energy. A device that can provide continuous monitoring of blood glucose levels has been eagerly sought by many research groups for more than a decade, with limited success. The researchers have also applied the hydrogel to the end of an optical fiber, enabling the signal from the glucose sensor to be transmitted through the optical fiber.


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