Although the idea of obtaining faster diagnoses and in a much more simplified way, The Smart Lollipop has been developed, an intelligent lollipop created by a team of scientists from Spain that aims to detect diseases through a saliva sample.
The procedure used is very simple: the patient takes the lollipop as if it were any common candy and, through the saliva sample, a biosensor manages to read that sample as if it were a blood test.
It is currently focused on children and diagnose hypercholesterolemia and celiac disease. By this method, the little ones will be able to have a more enjoyable experience when they go to their health center. In the words of its founder, Diana Ballart, this resource will be useful for prevention given the high percentage of cholesterol in children that prevails in Spain.
Once the patient finishes the palette, the biosensor is inserted into a reader that allows a diagnosis to be made. For this reason, this device could be available both in pharmacies and health centers, so that these data remain as part of the patient’s history.
The Smart Lollipop is still in the development phase and they seek to develop other types of biosensors to detect other diseases. In the following years, the team will begin clinical trials in hospitals with the hope of streamlining health processes, as the founder explained to BE .