Researchers detect Lyme disease with wearable sensors
A news research conducted by a tem of experts from Stanford University showed that smart watches along with some other personal biosensor devices may help detect the Lyme disease, which is carried by infected ticks.
During the two-year study, the researchers looked at five dozen individuals, who were asked to wear several devices. The wearable devices gathered a broad-ranging amount of information about the participating individuals, including their heart rates, blood oxygen levels and skin temperature.
Sharing the findings of their study, the researchers reported, “[The devices] measure heart rate, blood oxygen, skin temperature, sleep, calories expended, exercise and even exposure to radiation. That’s paired with occasional laboratory tests to measure blood chemistry and some genetic information.”
Dr. Michael Snyder, chair of Genetics at Stanford University who also participated in the study, explained that his wearable biosensors enabled him to notice an elevated heart rate and decreased oxygen that alarmed him. Later, he was plagued with fever that went on for many days.
Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the tick-borne Lyme disease is characterized by a rash that is often in a bull's-eye pattern and symptoms like fever, chills, sweats and muscle aches.
The new study was reported by the Science Daily, an American website that publishes news and articles on a range of topics, including global warming, exoplanets, stem cells, bird flu, autism, nanotechnology and evolution.