Dario, the smart glucometer
- Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring Systemby LabStyle Innovations is a smartphone-connected glucometer and an Apple iOS app that records readings and helps interpret results.
- Dario is indicated for the quantitative measurement of glucose (sugar) in fresh capillary whole blood samples drawn from the fingertips. The compact all-in-one system helps people with diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels and proactively manages their diabetes using their smartphone.
- Dario connects via a headphone jack to turn a mobile device into a glucose monitor, and incorporates a lancing device and test strips together with the meter in an all-in-one easy to carry device to take blood glucose measurements on the spot. Unlike conventional glucose monitors, there is no carrying case or batteries to replace.
- Dario provides real-time and historical blood glucose data to allow health care providers to spot patterns, recommend treatments and support behavior changes. Dario’s web interface also makes it easy for users to share health information with healthcare providers and loved ones.
Antibiotic-releasing bone implants for craniofacial surgery
- In a multi-step process of fixing and healing soft tissue before the bones being reconstructed during the soft tissue stage, spacers made of porous polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) take the the space of bones while the soft tissue around heals. Since patients at this stage are particularly susceptible to infections, the Rice researchers have developed a way of filling the pores of the PMMA material with an antibiotic releasing thermogel in order to prevent bacterial invasion.
- The thermogelconsists of a block copolymer, a self-assembling combination of two polymers that is also under investigation for the controlled release of chemotherapy drugs, is liquid at room temperature and is injected into the pores, and is then heated up to solidify at body temperature, staying inside the pores. It would then slowly break up when implanted into the body, releasing the antibiotic into surrounding tissue and preventing an infection from taking hold.
Bye-Bye Blood Clots
- Trauma victims with multiple injuries while using anti-coagulants can accelerate potentially fatal blood loss.
- Researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute treated medical devices, such as catheters, with a special coating that repels the components of blood that would otherwise form clots on the devices and cut off needed blood flow. They have used a special coating, called Tethered-Liquid Perfluorocarbon (TLP), to prevent clots and eliminate the need for risky blood thinners.
- TLP is made of two layers of a synthetic chemical, similar to Teflon, called perfluorocarbon. The substance creates a slippery surface for the sticky parts of blood — fibrin and platelets — to slide past.