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This smart nano-tech patch knows when you need more drugs | #health #monitoring

This smart nano-tech patch knows when you need more drugs | #health #monitoring | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
Scientists in South Korea are developing a medical patch using nano technology which not only monitors your health, but is also smart enough to know how much medicine you need, and when.

Via Claude Emond
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Outside of smartwatches, wristbands, and smart eyewear, wearable technology is making waves in the medical community. For example, we’ve already heard about health-monitoring “tattoos,” which can tell doctors about how your heart, muscles, or brain are functioning. The next evolutionary step could be similar smart patches, developed using nano technology, which not only deliver drugs into your system, but know when you’ve had enough or need a higher dose.

 

A study, carried out in South Korea and published by Nature Technology, outlines the development of “wearable bio-integrated systems,” as an alternative to wearing bulkier hardware. These skin patches are not only less intrusive, but are also capable of delivering medicine to the wearer, and smart enough to know how much is needed.


Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/smart-patch-monitors-your-health-and-delivers-drugs-when-needed/#ixzz2xdquaLx6 ;

 

 

 

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Ultrathin ‘diagnostic skin’ allows continuous patient monitoring | #health #cyborgs

Ultrathin ‘diagnostic skin’ allows continuous patient monitoring | #health #cyborgs | Cyborgs_Transhumanism | Scoop.it
The array laminates without adhesives onto the surface of the skin by soft contact much like a temporary transfer tattoo. Contact is maintained despite normal
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The temperature sensor array is a variation of a novel technology, originally developed in the lab of Professor John Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, called “epidermal electronics,” consisting of ultrathin, flexible skin-like arrays that contain sensors and heating elements. The arrays resemble a tattoo of a micro-circuit board.

 

The technology offers the potential for a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities with little patient discomfort. For example, sensors can be incorporated that detect different metabolites of interest. Similarly, the heaters can be used to deliver heat therapy to specific body regions; actuators can be added that deliver an electrical stimulus or even a specific drug. Future versions will have a wireless power coil and an antenna for remote data transfer.

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