Medicine has evolved a lot in the last years. More and more innovations have been made in order to help people. Doctors can figure out many health problems by just making some test. Now there is a new way to find out more about your health: a skin patch that analyzes your sweat.
Although it sounds strange, in the sweat there are a lot of chemicals that can reveal the level of your health. This new technology measures the health of the user by analyzing their sweat. Researchers created this skin patch in order to make it easier for people to know more about their health without having to go to the doctor.
Another thing that is great about this new technology is that it is very small. This makes it easy to use and wear without other people noticing it. The skin patch is the size of a quarter. The skin patch it’s also low-cost so that more people can buy it.
The new patch can be used only one time and it can detect the levels of electrolyte loss and hydration. In order to use it, people need to install a special app on their phone that will interpret the results of the patch by just scanning its color. The app takes a picture of the patch after somebody uses it and it gives the result immediately. This means that you won’t have to wait 3 days for some simple tests.
In order to test the patch to see if it is safe, the researchers who created it analyzed 2 groups of bicyclers. One of the groups did indoor cycling and the other participated in El Tour of Tucson. The researchers discovered that, despite the fact that it is an intense activity, the patch was in place and there were no malfunctions.
Even people who were not involved in the study mentioned that it is a great innovation. “It seems really practical, such a patch allows people to now have an opportunity to understand their health and how it changes depending on activities,” said Zhenan Bao from Stanford University.
What is your opinion about this new technology? Would you use this skin patch?
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