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Clemson University students have developed a new and cheaper way for diabetics to test blood sugar. They're now working to start testing the equipment on humans.

"This is a system that could eventually help the people who don't have insurance and can't afford testing supplies even in the US," says Clemson Student Researcher Kayla Gainey.

They've been able to put different enzymes into printer cartridges. Using filter paper they can print out hundreds of test strips on one piece of paper. The costs for each strip averages out to about a penny. Normal testing strips cost around a dollar each.

"It really adds up; so a lot of times they don't do the five tests a day," Gainey says, "Some don't even get to do one test a day."

The group is hoping Tanzania will start using their equipment. The African country has a high rate of diabetes and with little money and equipment, complications from diabetes are common.

"We can instead give them their own technology so they can have the power to create their own healthcare solutions to their problems," says Clemson Student Researcher Tyler Ovington.

"The idea is that local clinics or any kind of care facility could have this set up and print their own strips for distribution," says Clemson Research Student Alex Devon.

For Gainey, the research hits home. She was diagnosed with diabetes when she was two. She's used her experience to help make the equipment user friendly.

Right now the students are working with Tanzania's Ministry of Health so they can start testing more in Tanzania. They have also had some interest from people in the United States.


Kate Valentine
Kate is a general assignment reporter covering Anderson, Greenwood, Abbeville and Oconee Counties.
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