5 Cool Technologies Your Tax Dollars are Funding


NIBIB supports technologies to advance basic research and medical care NIBIB supports technologies to advance basic research and medical care Here are 5 new technologies your tax dollars are funding. 1 Currently people with diabetes must prick their finger multiple times a day to test their blood glucose levels which is painful to do often. A new non-invasive, pain-free method can measure glucose as accurately as a finger prick The technology uses a laser to analyze glucose levels through the skin. Making this technology portable could provide simple, continuous monitoring for millions of patients. 2 Blood pressure is usually measured with an arm cuff Blood pressure is usually measured with an arm cuff, but this is not the most accurate predictor of risk for serious health problems. Blood pressure varies through the day and shifts along with stress but an arm cuff only captures a single measurement at a single moment in time Now, a new, wearable ultrasound patch can measure central blood pressure in the aorta, Now, a new, wearable ultrasound patch can measure central blood pressure in the aorta, which is more accurate than the arm and can provide continuous monitoring even overnight because it is small and can flex with the body. The patch would enable earlier, more effective detection and treatment of heart disease and stroke risk. 3 Up to 50% of women skip mammograms because of the pain. A new painless, 15-second scan uses harmless laser light and sound waves Instead of radiation to get the image and does not require breast compression. This technology could provide a powerful and accessible new approach that revolutionizes breast cancer detection and treatment. 4 Chemotherapy reduces a patient’s white blood cells If they get too low, it can result in infections If they get too low, it can result in infections and cause delays in a patient’s cancer treatments. A new, portable, non-invasive imaging device uses blue light to count white cells as they pass through a capillary in the finger. It can allow chemo patients to determine from home It can allow chemo patients to determine from home whether they are at serious risk of infection. This could prevent more than 100,000 infections per year This could prevent more than 100,000 infections per year and make cancer treatment more successful. 5 Current hand prosthetics do not provide a sense of touch. Now surgeons have implanted fine wires in the user’s limbs and sensors in the hand that provide a natural sense of touch and control of the prosthesis. It could help users perform daily tasks, It could help users perform daily tasks, increasing their independence, productivity, and quality of life.

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