UC San Diego chemists demo prototype device that uses lactate in sweat to generate electricity.
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Post-operative ileus (POI) is defined as “the absence of intestinal peristalsis without mechanical obstruction”. It is a serious condition that can make recovery from surgery a challenge. Today, postoperative problems with peristalsis are diagnosed using a stethoscope by the physician, a procedure that’s frequently not performed often enough. Now a new device developed at UCLA that autonomously listens to gut sounds to evaluate how things are moving down there has been shown to be effective in helping to diagnose post-operative ileus.
The AbStat device is basically a cup with a microphone inside that’s attached to the lower torso. The audio signal from the microphone is sent to a computer that counts intestinal movements and calculates the rate of digestive activity. In a study involving 40 patients, including 8 healthy controls, 7 patients tolerating feeding, and 25 with POI, the system was able to distinguish healthy subject from those with POI with nearly perfect accuracy.
Reuters is confirming that Apple is working to integrate HealthKit with Epic’s MyChart app
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A team demonstrates the use of an iPhone-connected slit lamp that enable remote complex eye exams.
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Traditional telemedicine requires a large financial investment in heavy equipment with dedicated cameras and computers. They often are not as accessible to physicians, with an extreme lack of portability. Mobile phones and tablets have helped lower this barrier substantially, but they have limitations as well. For example, they still require your hands to operate – […]
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Maintaining a healthy posture can do wonders for one’s back and can even improve how others view you. We reported previously on devices like the LUMOback and UpRight that are worn on the lower back and provide timely feedback about one’s posture via a paired smartphone. Now a new device called PosturePulse has found its way to KickStarter and the design team behind it is raising funds to help bring it to market.
The PosturePulse is a sensor-laden belt worn around the waist, which monitors the angle of the wearer’s back and vibrates whenever the person takes on an improper posture for more than seven seconds. This is quite different from the other electronic monitors that are basically trackers for your back, pairing up with smartphones to provide users all sorts of info about their posture throughout the day. The PosturePulse has a single goal and that is to keep your back straight, so it’ll let you know when you should straighten up but it won’t tell you how you’ve been doing.