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New Finding Can Reveal Blood Doping In Athletes

A research team from Duke University has discovered a method to assist sporting executives to detect whether the blood of an athlete has been doped by a mixture of their own stored blood. Trails have been designed to check 2 of the 3 most common techniques of radically increasing the oxygen-carrying ability of blood in a competitor. Still, the so-called “autologous” or self-transfusions have been next to impossible to detect.

An autologous transfusion uses some of the blood of the athlete out well before the contest, filters out just the RBC, and then transfers those cells back into the athlete right prior to the competition to improve the ability of blood to pump oxygen, the necessary fuel for better performance of muscle.

The best detection technique the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) has employed to date is the “Athlete Passport.” The technique evaluates a pre-competition blood sample to one taken at a contest to see if there are noteworthy modifications in biochemistry.

On a related note, researchers earlier mixed radar techs and AI (artificial intelligence) to check changes in glucose levels. This is an advancement that may help diabetics check their blood sugar without painful finger pricks various times each day. The study comprises partnership with Google and German hardware company Infineon. Infineon jointly developed a small radar gadget and needed input from specific groups all over the globe on possible applications.

“We need to verify blood inside the body without really having the actual sample fluid. Our anticipation is this can be employed as a smartwatch to track glucose incessantly,” claimed an engineering professor in Canada at the University of Waterloo, George Shaker, to the media in an interview. The system at Waterloo utilizes the radar device to transfer high-frequency radio waves into liquids having various levels of glucose. It is employed to receive radio waves that are conveyed back to it.

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