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Thermometer Delivers Diagnosis, Calls Doctor

The thermometer is a timeless medical device, but you often need to be familiar with common symptoms and what to do if you have them for it really come in handy. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer offers a new way of taking the effort out of diagnosing and dealing with everyday illness.

Its design is straight-forward. There’s no battery, processor or display in the device itself. You just plug it into your iPhone headphone jack, and the Kinsa app will display the patient’s temperature.

It can also provide treatment advice and what to watch for when it comes to more serious symptoms. If you feel your condition is dire, the app can even call your doctor or book appointments at your local medical clinic.

In less serious circumstances, the Kinsa app can be used to access local groups to check if there are any seasonal illnesses circulating. It’s also possible to create user profiles and keep track of your temperature over a longer period of time, perfect for those who like to keep a close eye on their health.

The Smart Thermometer is part of a larger plan to turn the general public into a frontline of defense when it comes to preventing illness. If you’re interested in getting your hands on one, all it takes is a $25 pledge on Indiegogo.

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Materials scientist John Rogers and his firm MC10 have developed flexible electronic circuits that stick directly to the skin like temporary tattoos and monitor the wearer’s health.

The Biostamp is a thin electronic mesh that stretches with the skin and monitors temperature, hydration and strain.

Rogers suggests that his “epidermal electronics” could be developed for use in healthcare to monitor patients without tethering them to large machines. Not only would this be more convenient, but the results could be more accurate if patients were examined in their normal environment doing usual activities rather than on the hospital ward.

Other applications could include a patch that lets an athlete know when and how much to hydrate for peak performance, or one that tells you when to apply more suncream.

MC10 overcame the rigidity of normal electronic components made from brittle silicon-based wafers by printing them in very small pieces, arranged in wavy patterns.

Earlier versions were applied on an elastomer backing patch, but the latest prototype is applied directly to the skin using a rubber stamp. It can be covered with spray-on bandage available from pharmacies to make it more durable and waterproof enough to withstand sweating or washing with soapy water. It lasts up to two weeks before the skin’s natural exfoliation causes it to come away.

The team are now working on the integration of wireless power sources and communication systems to relay the information gathered to a smartphone.

Other wearable monitoring technology we’ve reported on includes the Nike+ FuelBand and Jawbone UP wristbands that monotor health and fitness, plus a wearable camera that uses sensors and GPS technology to decide which moments of your life are worth photographing.


Anonymous asked:

Hi I'm a freshman in high school, and I want to be a nurse. Do you have any recommendations as to which classes I should take in high school to be better prepared for college?

Load up on science classes!! Try to get some AP psych or any AP class for that matter. Some high schools will let you become a CNA. If you can do that. Otherwise biology, chemistry, and A&P! Good luck! I think it’s awesome that you already know what you want to do!

lovelovetattoos asked:

This is random and hopefully not weirdddd but I was wondering how you got through nursing school. I'm in my first semester now and it is crazy hard and insane any adviceeeeee?!?!

I took it one week at a time. If I thought about all I had to do the whole semester I got overwhelmed and started to panic. I kept up with my readings. And I was in a study group! They were awesome!! We motivated each other!! We stayed together all through school! Good luck! Find a group!

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