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Analytical Eyeglasses

Typically, people are only diagnosed with diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN) once symptoms appear, but unfortunately by this point, moderate nerve damage and organ dysfunction has already occurred. Clearly, anything that can help provide an earlier diagnosis leads to improved outcomes. To that end, Taiwanese researchers have developed a wearable pupillometer (Figure 1) that can detect some of the earliest signs of DAN (1). Pupillary autonomic neuropathy (PAN) manifests itself as smaller horizontal pupillary diameters and impaired pupillary light reflexes (2, 3); detecting these defects predicts DAN, and should help give an earlier diagnosis.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as a deputy editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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