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UC San Diego researchers develop prototype pacifier that measures infant glucose noninvasively

Published:
October 29, 2019
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The device collects saliva in a reservoir behind the nipple, and when it comes in contact with an enzyme-coated sensor, the amount of saliva present is measured. The prototype includes a separate 3D-printed microfluidics component, which is likely to be consolidated into one piece with the nipple when put into production for more widespread use. While it is not likely to be useful in general infant care, there is potential for its use in neonatal intensive care units in order to minimize the stress on babies that are already having much more invasive monitoring of their vitals. Sensors clients looking to play in the diabetes space should monitor these developments.

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