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Noninvasive biosensor for hypoglycemia
Author(s): Vijay K. Varadan; Ashwin K. Whitchurch; Karunakaran Sarukesi
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Paper Abstract

Hypoglycemia-abnormal decrease in blood sugar- is a major obstacle in the management of diabetes and prevention of long-term complications, and it may impose serious effects on the brain, including impairment of memory and other cognitive functions. This is especially a concern in early childhood years when the nervous system is still developing. Hypoglycemic unawareness (in which the body’s normal ability to signal low blood sugar doesn’t work and an oncoming low blood sugar episode proceeds undetected) is a particularly frightening problem for many people with diabetes. Researchers have now uncovered evidence that repeated bouts of insulin-induced hypoglycemia can harm the brain over time, causing confusion, abnormal behavior, loss of consciousness, and seizures. Extreme cases have resulted in coma and death. In this paper, a non-invasive biosensor in a wrist watch along with a wireless data downloading system is proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4982, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems, (17 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479565
Show Author Affiliations
Vijay K. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ashwin K. Whitchurch, Bharathiar Univ. (India)
Karunakaran Sarukesi, Bharathiar Univ. (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4982:
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems
Holger Becker; Peter Woias, Editor(s)

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