Sharks, healthcare and #IoT come together during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week
Shark Week on Discovery Channel, and one episode will focus on how paramedics leverage AT&T’s IoT connectivity and a virtual exam room to remotely monitor and diagnose diver conditions in shark-infested waters off the coast of the Bahamas.
The divers and production team on the show were able to access a full clinic through Dictum Health’s Virtual Exam Room (VER) through wireless connectivity from AT&T. Through VER, physicians on land were able to remotely monitor critical vital signs, ECG, and pain levels to ensure the health and safety of the divers and production team.
Researchers have developed a new stretchable wearable sensor that can measure pH levels from a patient’s sweat—potentially replacing blood tests to measure glucose, sodium, and potassium.
The potential data that can be captured from sweat is equal to that of a blood test. The traditional check for chronic diseases is analyzing a blood sample. However, it is possible to use sweat and tears for the same tests as they contain similar analytes (biomarkers). A research team from the University Glasgow has developed a stretchable sensor that can measure sweat, using it to perform the same tests that would require blood.
The UK-based Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group works out of the University of Glasgow. It has developed a new sweat-based, non-invasive sensor directed at monitoring diabetes. The article, entitled “Stretchable wireless system for sweat pH monitoring,”was recently published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics. This work was conducted by Wenting Dang, Libu Manjakkal, William Taube Navaraj, and Ravinder Dahiya from the University of Glasgow; Leandro Lorenzelli from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler; and Vincenzo Vinciguerra from STMicroelectronics. The sensor was developed via the EU-funded project CONTEST.
The wearable uses a pH sensor made from graphite-polyurethane composite, stretchable radio-frequency-identification (RFID) antenna, and a flexible data transmission printed circuit board (PCB). The sensor area is 1 cm2and can stretch up to 53% in length due to a pair of serpentine-shaped interconnecting pieces.
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Cryptography experts specializing in secure communications at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are looking for ways to protect data created by tiny networked devices that are being used in Internet of Things applications and projects.
These tiny IoT devices, which include sensors, actuators (components of a machine that move or control a mechanism or system) and other micromachines will need a new class of defense mechanisms against cyberattacks.
The devices will work on scant electrical power and use less complex circuitry than chips found in the simplest cell phone, according to the NIST.
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The Internet of Medical Things, or IoMT
The emerging infrastructure, such as cloud connectivity and platforms as a service, allows the data gathered to be analyzed by medical professionals or even expert AI systems. This can be used to detect the warning signs that often precede a cardiac event. Trend data gathered over longer periods, when compared against larger samples across carefully classified parts of the population, could even lead to much earlier diagnoses of preventable heart conditions. This is the real potential of the IoMT.
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Engineers at Tufts University have created tiny #sensors that attach to teeth. It’s not a fashion statement, though it could very well someday become one. Instead, the wireless sensors are designed to monitor health and dietary habits, relaying data about sugar, salt, and alcohol intake to a wearer’s mobile device. It’s like a little nutritionist in your mouth that keeps tabs on every time you cheat on your diet.
“A patent application published January 4 details how Google could use “optical sensors” placed in patients’ devices or belongings to capture data on individual’s cardiovascular function – all with the aim of motivating behavioral changes and reducing instances of heart disease.
The sensors might even be positioned (per the patent’s illustrations) in a “sensing milieu” in a patient’s bathroom”
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Over 422 million people suffer from diabetes. By 2040 this number is expected to rise to 642 million.
Sweden-based company Brighter was launched in order to provide services and solutions that facilitate self-care and self-monitoring for patients to help them manage their diabetes better.
Brighter has developed Actiste – a connected device that gathers personal health data from diabetes patients and shares it with their caregivers, enabling patients to better manage their condition and caregivers to monitor and personalise their treatment more accurately.