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NEW YORK – Drawing blood may be a primary enabler of diagnostic testing, but the procedure can be especially problematic for premature babies. That's why researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland are looking to validate a proof-of-principle prototype that measures and monitors blood chemistry levels through the skin without the use of needles.

The system uses a skin patch fitted with gel-based electrodes to collect and measure levels of glucose and lactate — clinical values that are frequently required for premature and sick babies.

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