Wearable technology has made immense growth in the past few years. Most of this growth can be attributed to the medical field. Wearables related to fitness and health have seen more adoption than any other devices. Wearables today can be a great help when it comes to treating different medical conditions in patients. There are many diseases which are often hard to detect. With the right device, this problem can be solved and people can be saved from potential diseases.
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Alzheimer’s and Dementia
This progressive brain disease can cause patients to lose memory and thinking skills and eventually the power to do simple tasks. Studies suggest more than half-million people die in the US every year. There is no cure of this disease. However, with certain wearables, the problem can be solved.
YBrain is a wearable by a South Korean company. [Tweet “YBrain uses direct charges to simulate sick brains in a simple way.”] The user wears a plastic headband over his temporal lobes. It supplies electric current through dry-electrode sensors which read brain signals. The prefrontal cortex area of the brain, the region related to the working memory that is affected by Alzheimer is stimulated by the device. It can be used for half an hour every day, for five days a week.
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[Tweet “According to National Diabetes Statistics Report, almost 10 percent of the US population suffers from diabetes.”] Each year, about 2 million new patients are diagnosed with this disease and they have to fight other complications like blindness, kidney diseases and even heart attack.
- t:slim Insulin
The t:slim Insulin by Tandem Diabetes Care Inc. develops the insulin pump experience. This device tries to give a lighter approach to normal pumps (which are generally cumbersome) with a flat touch screen, like a smartphone.
A representative from Tandem said that this device has been used in glucose control studies.
Studies have shown that major depressive disorder can be the main cause of disability for people between the age of 15 to 44.
The SunSprite personal light tracker which is solar powered and has been created by Goodlux follow the theory that natural light can treat depression just like conventional medicines. The wearable measures visible light and UV rays to find out proper exposure. It comes with an LED display that shows the user updates on exposure goal. By pairing it with a phone app, the users’ light needs can be determined.
Other than these health problems, [Tweet “there are many diseases like macular regeneration, peripheral neuropathy, etc. which are also treated with other wearables”].
Do you think wearables can help cure medical issues? Have you used any of the ones mentioned above? We would love to hear your views.
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