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.
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.