While there have been ingestible sensors around for a while, most do not transmit data while they are in the body. This pill from Proteus Digital Health transmits data from the stomach to a sensor-enabled patch. The data is captured and then sent to a corresponding app for use by the healthcare team. Read more at: http://www.proteus.com/
Found this cool article on the American Chemical Society website about links between autism and cancer that could one day lead to treatments for both. From the article on the ACS.org website:
“In recent years, scientists have found a surprising a connection between some people with autism and certain cancer patients: They have mutations in the same gene, one that codes for a protein critical for normal cellular health. Now scientists have reported in the ACS journal Biochemistry that the defects reduce the activity and stability of the protein. Their findings could someday help lead to new treatments for both sets of patients.”
Researchers at Lancaster University have taken the concept of “wearable” to a new area. Working under the assumption that “Connected Health” should mean that everyone has access to healthcare, they have been working with a homeless charity organization and Manchester Digital Lab (MadLaB), a group of ‘DIY innovators and geeks’, on a project called Patchworks. This project utilizes an RFID chip on a wristband and the inexpensive Raspberry Pi technology (see prior article) to create a cheap and intuitive system that enables homeless people to keep track of their appointmens with doctors, dentists, and social workers. Read more at: http://www.atelier.net/en/trends/articles/community-technology-project-helps-simplify-healthcare-scheduling-homeless
For those of you that might now know, the Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It was originally designed to be a low-cost way to allow people to learn how to program computers. There have, however, been a host of other benefits that have now been found for this device. The Arduino is a similar device.
From an article on the cooking hacks website:
“The e-Health Sensor Shield V2.0 allows Arduino and Raspberry Pi users to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed by using 10 different sensors: pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), airflow (breathing), body temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR – sweating), blood pressure (sphygmomanometer), patient position (accelerometer) and muscle/eletromyography sensor (EMG).”
Researchers at the University of Leeds have successfully tested a new concept involving gold nanotubes on a mouse model of human cancer. These nanotubes can be used to reveal, kill, and deliver medicine to the cancer. It will be a while before this technique would be available for humans but if successful, this would be a way to treat cancer with minimal invasion and side-effects like those from chemotherapy.