New non-invasive glucose sensor in development

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Preface : As is typical with a new develop-
ment, a mention of 5 to 10 years is made
(in the video) as to when this might lead to
an actualized device that can achieve the
glucose sensing mentioned in the article.

Skepticism : As this type of thing tends to
end up in the research waste basket, after
languishing for many years and never deliv-
ering anything in actualized usable mass-
marketed widely available devices, this is
just another in a long line of potential and
hoped for improvements with a long waiting
time for what may never be.

Optimism : For those of you who, like me,
are always hoping that despite the innumer-
able failures and lengthy research times that
a long list of advances has resulted in to-date,
that some of these advances will one day find
their way to actualized usage (and that that
day will come sooner rather than later), so all
our best wishes to the following (and to all
the other research areas loaded with promise,
but far short on actualized delivery, thus far) ...

Excerpts [with inserts, not part of original
article, inserted in brackets]:

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Injectable Glowing Beads In Bloodstream
Can Indicate Glucose Levels

Japanese "Life Beans" project aims to ease
monitoring for diabetics [persons with a
condition involving a glucose anomaly]

By Rebecca Boyle
Posted 08.06.2010

at Popular Science
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Image : Implantable Glucose Monitoring Beads
The fluorescent beads' intensity varies with the
level of blood-glucose in the body.
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Diabetics [actually, anyone with a glucose anomaly,
including persons with a High Glucose Condition
and persons with a hypoglycemia problem which
is or is not caused by their treatment for a High
Glucose Condition] may have yet another tool in
their blood-sugar [glucose] management [manual
effort to deal with] arsenal -- an implantable, fluor-
escent blood-sugar [glucose] monitor.

It involves small hydrogel beads that vary the inten-
sity of emitted light depending on glucose concen-
tration. They're called Life Beans.

The system, developed at the University of Tokyo,
could lead to implantable blood-glucose monitors,
which could enable 24-7 monitoring of a diabetic's
[see above] blood sugar [glucose level] without
having to prick the skin ...

Researchers tested it in the ears of a mouse, and
watched as the ear fluoresced at different inten-
sities depending on the mouse's blood sugar [glu-
cose level].

The researchers think it would be possible to
develop devices that manage [display] diabetics'
[see above] blood sugar [glucose level] without
them noticing it.

The main problem is the beads' life span -- once
they're implanted, the immune system kicks in
and attaches proteins to the beads, which effec-
tively dim their light. The next step is engineering
a material that resists protein adhesion, the re-
searchers say.

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Youtube Video on the research
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