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Wearable ‘lab on the skin’ could raise early alarm on diseases

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Wearable ‘lab on the skin’ could raise early alarm on diseases

Blood sugar levels, alcohol levels and muscle fatigue — all these can be measured by a new device

Senior features writer

Engineers at the forefront of research into wearable biomedical technology have developed a cutting-edge device that can simultaneously measure your blood sugar and alcohol levels, and muscle fatigue, in real time. This patch could revolutionise the detection of early disease and management of disease.

“This is like a complete lab on the skin,” said nanoengineering Prof Joseph Wang, from the University of California San Diego, of the small device, which can be worn on the upper arm.

If successfully tested, the new device could expand the role of commercial health monitoring devices, which typically track a single indicator, such as continuous glucose monitors for patients with diabetes...

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