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India has about 60 million diabetics and for this group, life is an unending struggle, fraught with frequent complications such as cardiovascular diseases and renal failures. Therefore, monitoring the disease becomes an exhausting, daily ritual.

Now, a Mumbai-based company called BioSense has devised an application that can be downloaded to your smartphone. A simple cuboid plastic box houses the phone with the camera facing downwards. A strip, after being placed in a urine stream and then affixed to a holder, is then placed on top of the box.

Once Biosense’s app is launched, the camera takes repeated photographs of the strip as it changes colour, and feeds it to the app. Almost instantaneously, a thorough report tabulating 10 vital biochemicals in your body – from glucose to bilirubinW is generated. The total cost: about Rs. 2,000 versus endless sorties to the lab. The same test also keeps tabs on pregnancy issues and urinary tract infections. Read more to get a glimpse of a few other Indian innovations in health care.

Now diabetics can heave a sigh of relief. Indian scientist and IIT-Delhi alumnus Anurag Kumar, along with his team, has developed a new type of biosensor that can use a drop of tear, saliva or urine as the medium for a glucose test. Kumar is currently pursuing PhD from Purdue University in the US. The new type of biosensor can detect minute concentrations of glucose in saliva, tears and urine and is likely to incur low manufacturing cost as it can be produced with minimal processing steps.

“Its an inherently non-invasive way to estimate glucose content in the body. Since it can detect glucose in saliva and tears, it’s a platform that might eventually help to eliminate or reduce the frequency of using pinpricks for diabetes testing. We are proving its functionality,” the team said. Kumar, who hails from Talaiya, a small town in Jharkhand, is working towards commercializing the technology. Click here to read the technology details in the article written by Kounteya Sinha of Times News Network.

Suman Kapur, professor of biological sciences at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, has developed a new cell-phone-sized blood sugar testing machine  that could cost just Rs 2, take about 10 seconds and require 1,000 times less blood than the existing glucose meters.

The new blood sugar testing machine will undergo final evaluation by July 15 and is expected to be ready for mass production by December. Instead of strips, the device uses a capillary (narrow pipe) worth Rs 2 through which the blood is transmitted to the reading device.  Kapur has used nano particles to intensify the colour code response using the ‘Colour to Frequency Censor’ technology.

The innovation could have a large social impact in India, the diabetes capital of the world. This is an excerpt from Kounteya Sinha’s news report featuring the Indian innovation. Read full article

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