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European Medical Device Technology, Summer 2015

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18 | Summer 2015 European Medical Device Technology emdt.co.uk design W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. Description : Our Wall Reinforced Medical Tubing technology works especially well when your device specifications call for innovative, high quality tubing that is pressure resistant, flexible, and requires precise control. With capabilities of 20 gauge to 46 French, we can fabricate your device to meet your needs. GORE® Spiral Wrap Tubing, GORE® Braided Shafts, GORE® High Pressure Braided Tubing. W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. 1746 Rt. 34 Wall, NJ 07727 tel. 800/724-4776, 928/779-2771 e-mail medicaloem@wlgore.com www.gore.com/medicaloem Necklace Monitors Food Intake Engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a high-tech necklace that tracks eating pat- terns as a way to monitor and treat obesity and diabetes, as well as other conditions these diseases may cause. Using piezoelectric sensors, the necklace, called WearSens, detects neck vibrations when chewing and swallowing that indi- cate the type of food and drink as well as the quantity that its wearer consumes. The researchers claim that the device can deter- mine whether the wearer is consuming solids or liquids with 90% accuracy. It can also determine about 75% of the time whether the wearer is consuming solid or soft foods. For example, it can distinguish between peanuts and potato chips versus softer foods, such as mashed potatoes and apple sauce. The data is then transmitted to a smart phone that can track, among other things, whether or not the wearer is overeating or consuming too many liquids, such as juice, that are high in sugar and calories. The technology boasts a bevy of potential other applications as well. In addition to food-intake analysis, WearSens could someday detect whether the wearer is taking oral medication on schedule or is smoking, for example. Software can also be developed for the device that uses the vibrations and breathing patterns the necklace detects to determine how patients with organ transplants are adapting. By detecting early warning signals, the neck- lace could even alert healthcare providers before the patient begins to experience symptoms associated with organ rejection. "These smart necklaces have the potential to transform the healthcare by eliminating the dietary problems such as diabetes, obesity and its related condi- tions, including heart ailments, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer, which are considered to be the leading causes of death globally," Allada noted. Pill-Wearable Combo Detects Cancer Google X is lending its database and search engine expertise to the development of a wearable device that can be used to diagnose cancer and other diseases. The technology consists of a wear- able device and a smart pill, which, once digested, releases chemical agents that magnetically bind to molecules in the bloodstream. The wearable device detects and monitors the resulting chemical reac- tions in such a way that the data can be used to detect chemical changes in the body that might indicate cancer and other diseases. It is able to accomplish this feat by detecting the presence of specific com- pounds that the smart pill creates. While cancer is a target disease, the combination wearable and smart pill tech- nology could also be used to detect strokes and heart attacks before they happen and before symptoms occur. The concept of combining a smart pill and a wearable for healthcare-related applications is not

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