Health and Wellbeing
In a nod to Star Trek's Dr McCoy, Viatom has shown a device it bills as a "real medical tricorder" at this week's Consumer Electronics show in New York City. The handheld CheckMe is designed to provide fast readouts of several vital signs as well as tracking patient progress in both clinical and home settings.
Sleep and activity monitors have a lot of advantages, but aesthetics often isn't one of them. Many look like exactly what they are and even ones that are incorporated discretely in watches aren't very popular with people who don't want to wear watches in bed. Billed as the "world’s first wellness ring," the Ōura ring takes a sleep and activity monitor and hides it inside a piece of finger jewelry that makes the technology unobtrusive and unself-conscious.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, 387 million people around the world suffer from diabetes, with this number expected to rise to 592 million by 2035. That adds up to a lot of blood sugar checks, diet watching and insulin shots, but researchers in the US have developed a patch that could revolutionize how the disease is managed. The patch contains of more than 100 microneedles, each automatically secreting insulin into the bloodstream when required.
Packing food with nutrients, vitamins and other supplements to improve
our health sounds like a simple enough idea, but protecting them as they
pass through the digestive system isn't all that easy. While various
methods have been employed to encase compounds for more effective
delivery, a new technique is showing great promise as a means of keeping
them intact. Scientists claim that coating the ingredients in
nanofibers created through a process called electrospinning can provide a
better safeguard, and could lead to delivery of improved health
A team of graduate students at Johns Hopkins University has created a prototype device that delivers non-invasive brain stimulation to sufferers of Parkinson's disease. The brain-zapping headwear, dubbed STIMband, helps to reduce the severity of symptoms without requiring a visit to a hospital or doctor's office.
Sitting for long periods, it turns out, is not good for your health. Unfortunately, though, standing has its own problems ... like being uncomfortable. The LeanChair offers a middle ground, reducing the risks associated with sitting and taking some of the standing weight off your legs.
A herd of cattle or a flock of chickens may appear very bucolic, but they're actually ground zero for an ongoing arms race between scientists and disease-causing bacteria. Antibiotics have been a major weapon in the fight against animal infection, but they've also sparked evolutionary forces that create drug-resistant bacteria that render those very antibiotics ineffective, posing a major risk to animals and humans alike. Now a University of Wisconsin-Madison team is developing a method of fighting a major group of animal infections without antibiotics.
Drunk driving is a serious problem and – despite being conscientious –
at a certain point in the evening, trusting one's own judgement means
trusting someone who isn't sober enough to make the call. While
costing less than US$30 are available, they're not the most reliable,
while the more professional models need to be sent back to the factory
on a regular basis for recalibration. Recently, we got hold of an
AlcoMate Revo by AK GlobalTech. The device is aimed at the consumer
market, and uses a replaceable sensor module that eliminates the need for
recalibration. We put it through its paces.
It's important to know how much pain young hospital patients are
experiencing, and not just because no one wants them to suffer –
additionally, excessive pain can indicate problems that need addressing.
That's why scientists at the University of California, San Diego School
of Medicine have developed facial pattern recognition software that
objectively assesses children's pain levels based on consistent
Given the avalanche of sleep tracking bracelets, watches and even headphones to flood the market in recent times, it might seem that a solution to those restless nights will most likely be found in the world of wearable electronics. But new research suggests that a one-off therapy session could be all that's needed to treat the symptoms of insomnia.