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Wearable Sensors Could Reduce Stillbirths

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35511
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A new technique could allow expectant parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat continuously at home with a noninvasive and safe device that is potentially more accurate than any fetal heart rate monitor currently available on the market.

Q&A: Wearable Motion Sensors Could Save Unborn Babies

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35275
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Negar Tavossolian is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. She led a project to develop a lightweight, non-invasive sensor to monitor fetal heart rate and motion that could sense abnormalities warning of possible stillbirths.

New Optical Endoscopy Using Ultrasound Could Replace Scopes

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35101
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

One day, scopes may no longer need to be inserted into the body — such as down the throat or under the skin — to reach the stomach, brain, or any other organs for examination.

Soft, Wearable Health Monitor with Stretchable Electronics

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35136
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A soft and conformable health monitor can broadcast electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate, respiratory rate, and motion activity data as much as 15 meters to a portable recording device such as a smartphone or tablet computer. The electronics are mounted on a stretchable substrate and connected to gold, skinlike electrodes through printed connectors that can stretch with the medical film in which they are embedded.

High Tech Comes to Fitness Monitoring

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34582
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Early wearable fitness monitoring devices were designed to perform a set of valuable but straightforward activities: tallying the number of steps we take daily, recording the number of hours we sleep, and monitoring our heart rate.

Materials Matter for Connected Health

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34550
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Technology has always played a central role in healthcare. From microscopes to medical imaging, and from pacemakers to prosthetics, technological breakthroughs throughout history have improved diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Monitoring Vital Signs Using Radar

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34556
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A radar system can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines.

UCI Biomedical Engineers Develop Wearable Respiration Monitor with Children’s Toy

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34583
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a wearable, disposable respiration monitor that provides high-fidelity readings on a continuous basis. It’s designed to help children with asthma and cystic fibrosis and others with chronic pulmonary conditions.

Wearable Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34605
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Wearable devices have been limited to sensing signals either on the surface of the skin or right beneath it. A new wearable ultrasound patch non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries as deep as four centimeters (more than one inch) below the skin, helping to detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision. In tests, the patch performed as well as some clinical methods to measure blood pressure.

Prenatal App Reduces In-person Visits During Pregnancy

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34563
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Using a mobile app reduced in-person prenatal care visits while maintaining patient and provider satisfaction. The Babyscripts app was built to deliver educational content and remotely monitor blood pressure and weight. The app gave patients information on topics like nutrition and breastfeeding, but also gave patients and providers early warnings about hypertension or abnormal weight gain, which could indicate gestational diabetes, nutritional deficiency, or edema associated with preeclampsia.