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How a 16-year-old used a hacked printer to create an insanely fast heart disease test

August 6th, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Heart Disease Cholesterol Fast Test

A 16-year-old inventor came up with a clever way to detect heart disease faster and cheaper than before. The method involves a hacked printer that can quickly perform a test that’ll offer clues about whether a person might have heart disease.

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Adriel Sumathipala is the inventor in question and he came up with the idea while trying to find a way to measure his cholesterol levels in an affordable manner. That’s why he came up with this super cheap method, Business Insider reports, an achievement that netted him a spot on Google’s 20 Global Science Fair finalists.

His test isn’t measuring cholesterol directly but oxidized low-density lipoproteins, or Ox-LDL, a marker that’s even better at predicting cardiac disease.

Working with his biology teacher, the teenager built special Ox-LDL sensors. An inkjet printer would then deposit enzymes on the sensor, and the paper sensor would instantly indicate whether the level of Ox-LDL is high or low.

Each test would cost around $0.02, Sumathipala says, and the results are available in minutes.

“I envisioned a diagnostic that would place vital health data in the hands of doctors and patients and thus establish the framework for a personalized medicine revolution,” he wrote – more details about the project are available at the source link.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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