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A wearable device measures cortisol in sweat

A stretchy patch that, applied directly to the skin, wicks up sweat and assesses how much cortisol a person is producing has been developed by the researchers at Stanford University. This offers a novel approach for the early detection of various diseases and evaluation of sports performance. Clinical tests that measure cortisol provide an objective gauge of emotional or physical stress in research subjects and can help doctors tell if a patient’s adrenal or pituitary gland is working properly. If the prototype version of the wearable device becomes a reality, it could allow people with an imbalance to monitor their own levels at home. A fast-working test like this could also reveal the emotional state of young - even non-verbal - children, who might not otherwise be able to communicate that they feel stress.


A new device attached to a smartphone could be the future of early cancer diagnosis

A low cost, easy-to-use device, designed to be attached to a smartphone, demonstrates that detecting the very early stages of common diseases such as prostate cancer (lat. Carcinoma) could be as simple as taking a picture. Scientists from the Institute of Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD) at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a prototype that is not only sensitive enough to detect traces of cancer biomarkers but can quantify the level of these disease-indicating molecules, so that doctors can use this device to monitor a patient's recovery from surgery and treatment. Moreover, developers expect that future mass production will cost around $10 per device.


A new waterless toilet can detect biomarkers

Regular medical check-ups could be soon replaced by visits to the bathroom, thanks to the smart toilets, designed by Science Walden design team at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). This smart toilet system is the latest version of the previous waterless energy-producing toilet system BeeVi Toilet, created as part of the Science Walden Project. At the heart of this Science Walden project is the Feces Standard Money (FSM). Their new, advanced BeeVi WALDEN 2.0 even features a built-in health screening system that could be used to analyze urine and other waste matter and inform users of their current wellbeing via a smartphone application.


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Smart bandages designed to monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

A prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing has been developed by the researchers at Tufts University (TU). While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge. Chronic skin wounds from burns, diabetes (lat. Diabetes Mellitus), and other medical conditions can overwhelm the regenerative capabilities of the skin and often lead to persistent infections (lat. Infectio) and amputations.


Serious game aims to save lives of African-Caribbean men most at risk of prostate cancer

A serious computer game aimed at raising awareness of prostate cancer (lat. Carcinoma) among black African-Caribbean men - and prompting those at higher risk of the disease to seek medical advice as soon as possible has been developed by the researchers at Nottingham Trent University. Experts, who are creating the prototype, want to address the disease’s high mortality rates among this ethnic group and the various barriers which prevent them from seeking early advice and treatment. More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year - and one in four black men will develop the disease at some point in their lives. Unawareness of their prostate cancer risk and symptoms and fear of tests and treatments for the disease are some of the challenges they face.


A low-cost wireless AI heart monitor

A cost-effective next-generation wearable heart and cardiovascular function monitor which uses AI to diagnose heart rhythm and respiratory problems in real time has been developed by a Cambridge spinoff company, Cambridge Heartwear. The company's device, called Heartsense, includes a multiple lead ECG, oxygen sensing, temperature, and tracking device which can be comfortably worn by patients for early screening. Sensors are enclosed in a robust waterproof casing, and the data produced is far more sensitive than that from current single lead wearable devices, as the development team has used their knowledge of clinical anatomy and electrophysiology to place leads for maximal signal output.



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