Sky News: Could interstitial fluid replace blood?
UC graduate discusses new frontier of health monitoring
Sky News highlighted University of Cincinnati research into the next frontier of continuous health monitoring.
UC College of Engineering and Applied Science graduate Mark Friedel developed a prototype sensor that monitors chemicals found in the interstitial fluid just under your skin. The sensor uses tiny microneedles that pick up information about your health that can be tracked over time.
He co-authored a study looking at the potential for interstitial fluid in continuous health monitoring that was published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.
Interstitial fluid contains many of the same chemicals and biomarkers that doctors use in blood to diagnose disease or track health and wellness, Friedel told Local 12.
Friedel developed the sensor in UC professor Jason Heikenfeld's Novel Devices Lab.
“Why we see it as a valuable diagnostic fluid is continuous access. With blood, you can’t easily take continuous readings,” Friedel said.
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More UC biomedical engineering in the news
- National Science Foundation: Getting under your skin for better health
- Technology Networks: Advantages and challenges of using interstitial fluid in diagnostics
- Laboratory Equipment: Interstitial fluid could better monitor health
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