Evolution of personal monitoring

Evolution of personal monitoring

Simplified at-home test kits facilitate the personal monitoring of health care. For example, diabetic patients used to have to visit a laboratory to determine if sugar was present in their urine. In 1941, Miles Laboratories introduced the first convenient sugar-in-urine assay for home use. Although difficult to develop, dip-and-read urine tests were introduced in 1956.

Digital blood-pressure monitor for home use

Regular monitoring of the glucose level supports the treating of diabetes.

At-home temperature control is natural these days.

Modern pregnancy tests look for chemical markers in the urine.Modern pregnancy tests look for chemical markers in the urine.

In the 1960s, the first portable, battery-operated blood-glucose meter was introduced to work with chemical sticks to detect the glucose. In the 1970s and 1980s, home-use diagnostic kits for fecal occult blood, ovulation, pregnancy, and strep were introduced.

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Applied for decades, the frog pregnancy test was widely used duringthe past century: some urine was injected into a male frog's dorsal lymph sac and its reaction was checked a couple of hours later. If a pregnant woman's pee was used for the test, the male frogs produced sperm in response to the injection..