Microchip diabetes test

US researchers have invented a microchip-based test for type 1 diabetes.

The test is carried out by a handheld microchip which distinguishes between the two main forms of diabetes mellitus.

It does this by checking for the existence of auto-antibodies that attack a person’s insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas, a feature of type 1 diabetes but not type 2.

The study’s senior author Brian Feldman said with the new, inexpensive, portable test, diabetes could be diagnosed more efficiently.

Read more at Stanford University School of Medicine