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Sweating the small stuff

Sweating the small stuff

May 9, 2018 United States
When people sweat, they unknowingly release a wide range of chemicals that can noninvasively inform clinicians on anything from stress hormone levels to glucose. But it's hard for researchers to glean this information -- unless you sweat a lot. Emerging wearable devices using stimulant gels have provided a way to induce sweat locally on the body. However, sweat can dilute these gels, which degrades their long-term viability.
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IDTechEx TVResearchers 3D print electronics and cells directly on skin

Researchers 3D print electronics and cells directly on skin

Apr 27, 2018 United States
In a groundbreaking new study, researchers used a customized, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time, as shown on Printed Electronics World.
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Tiny injectable sensor for long term alcohol monitoring

Tiny injectable sensor for long term alcohol monitoring

Apr 19, 2018 United States
Engineers have developed a miniature, ultra-low power injectable biosensor that could be used for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The chip is small enough to be implanted in the body just beneath the surface of the skin and is powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch.
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Bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring

Bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring

Apr 17, 2018 United Kingdom
Scientists have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which promises the measurement of glucose levels through the skin without a finger-prick blood test, potentially removing the need for millions of diabetics to frequently carry out the painful and unpopular tests.
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Wearable system to monitor stomach activity

Wearable system to monitor stomach activity

Apr 13, 2018 United States
A team of researchers has developed a wearable, non-invasive system to monitor electrical activity in the stomach over 24 hours—essentially an electrocardiogram but for the gastro-intestinal tract.
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Individual 3D-printed bandages

Individual 3D-printed bandages

Apr 11, 2018 United States
A bioengineering professor, along with the help of other engineering faculty and students, created a 3D printer that uses electrospinning technology to print bandages directly onto a patient's skin, making them fit the individual's physical form.
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Jelly implant keeps an eye on body oxygen levels

Jelly implant keeps an eye on body oxygen levels

Apr 6, 2018 United Kingdom
Although smaller than a grain of rice, a phosphorescent hydrogel implant that monitors tissue oxygen could end amputations in people with blocked blood vessels or help athletes design better training programmes. The first of these tiny but durable devices has survived more than four years - implanted in the foot of the researchers who created it.
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Genetic Testing at your Fingertips

Genetic Testing at your Fingertips

Mar 29, 2018
Genetic testing is starting to gain traction in both the consumer and clinical healthcare markets, a trend that is likely to continue as our knowledge of genomics grows.
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Tooth-mounted wearable can track what you eat

Tooth-mounted wearable can track what you eat

Mar 29, 2018 United States
Miniaturized sensors developed mounted directly on a tooth and communicating wirelessly with a mobile device, can transmit information on glucose, salt and alcohol intake.
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Cells as Factories: The Emergence of New Value Chains

Cells as Factories: The Emergence of New Value Chains

Mar 28, 2018
The upcoming IDTechEx Show! in Berlin (11th-12th April) features an array of emerging technologies from 3D printing to sensors used in healthcare.
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Fish scale-derived collagen effective for healing wounds

Fish scale-derived collagen effective for healing wounds

Mar 26, 2018 Singapore
Scientists have established that collagen derived from fish scales could be effective for various biomedical applications such as wound healing.