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Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring with Lasers

People with diabetes might one day utilize laser research going on at the University of Michigan to painlessly read their glucose levels. Professor Mohammed Islam is leading the reconstruction of super continuum lasers he designed for the military into a non-invasive tool that can measure a teaspoon of glucose in the blood system. The brightness of the laser now increases the signal by several orders of magnitude from the traditionally used tungsten and halogen lamps. Islam hopes to combine the project's electrical processing and algorithms into an easy to use headset that would eliminate the pain associated with daily glucose monitoring through needle induced blood sampling.