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K-State student develops gum-sized medical device

March 03, 2011|By Robert Marin | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(MANHATTAN, Kan.) — You could put it in your pocket and check up on your health anytime. A Kansas State University graduate student is developing a device he hopes changes the way you get medical care.

Keija Li and his professor, Steve Warren, have developed what they're calling a gumpack. It's the size of a stick of gum, but does some of the same things big hospital machines do, like take your pulse.

Lie says you can place it on your finger, forehead or wrist, and it even has wi-fi, so you can send information directly to your doctor.

"if you're if high risk patient that needs to be somewhere near medical care and you decide to take a short trip, you might have this with you in your pocket or in your handbag to pull out if you start feeling ill." said Li.

The device is one of 10 finalists in a Primary Health Care competition for The Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. Li has the chance to win $150,000 to commercialize the device.

Final proposals must be submitted by May 31st, winners will be announced on June 30th.

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*Our news partners at KTKA-TV contributed to this report

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