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New Wearable Device Can Tastes Skin

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PKvitality is a comparatively new name in the device making industry, but they sure have a way of grabbing attention. The device maker recently launched a wrist tracker that could ‘taste’ the lactic acid and blood sugar levels on the wearer virtually. Designed keeping athletes and diabetics in mind, this could mean saying goodbye to the never-ending pinpricks endured for blood tests and also saving money usually spent on testing strips. Priced at $149, K’track Glucose, the company’s wrist tracker, can absorb fluid secreted from the skin containing glucose or lactic acid via the underside of the tracker.

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Enthusiastic customers should note that while there will be no painful prick, K’track is designed to penetrate the skin via micro-needles. These needles are inserted into the outer skin where the fluid is collected and absorbed into the sensors in the device. The possible lab-on-a-chip set up within the device will analyse glucose levels and send the results to the user’s mobile app. For active athletes, a pricier K’Track Athlete wearable priced at $199 helps keep track of lactic acid levels, which help indicate the body’s response to workouts. PKvitality’s K’track devices are yet to hit the shelves as it still awaits clearance from the health department.

Social Media Abuse Can Take Its Toll On Your Lives

With the swarming numbers of social media users across the globe, it is hard to arrive at a certain amount of usage that can inflict your lives. Statisticsays there are more than billions of active users on an everyday basis. It does not end with checking your account on Facebook, and rather it keeps going on and on. There is an endless hunt when it comes to the social media presence. One of the leading marketing analysts, Nicole Behnke puts forth that clutching and glancing the online forum is a constant activity. Nobody has ever made a personal conviction in that regard.

Most often, people keep switching on between Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other instant messenger sites for every 20 minutes. It has set in a pattern of dependency. When you do not check your accounts, it feels like you are not connected and this is a growing issue among adolescents and young professionals. It is being referred to as an addiction by the health experts. One of the leading specialists of Aurora Health Care, Dr. Munther Barakat, speaks about the 80 percent teens who are already in trouble due to abusive social media use. A majority of the youngsters check their accounts for more than ten times in an hour.

The obsessive patterns of social media usage can lead to anxiety, stress, and depression. Sleep disturbances are found to occur in many. A few of the youngsters also get into social media debates and arguments which can bring about emotional distress. It can also contribute to a significant number of eye-related problems. It is better late than never to safeguard the younger generation. Many get hooked on to social media to kill their boredom. Identifying a good pastime or cultivating a hobby can overcome the monotony in a much better way. It is better to spend a quality time with the family and friends in real environments.

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Tiny Sweat Sensors Use Perspiration to Keep Track Of Health

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Scientists agree that sweat can be collected in a far less invasive method than blood, since it forms outside our body. Now imagine using sweat to get regular updates on one’s health and that the entire process was as easy as applying a sticker onto a patch of skin. Scientists have found a way to create a minuscule adhesive sensor which can read body statistics based on an analysis of sweat, and relay all health-related information to a synced smartphone. Since perspiration is a rich concoction of ions and complex proteins, this wearable sensor could act as a daily-use alternative to blood tests and shed light on the internal workings of the body.

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The silicone rubber disc is embedded with chemical sensors amongst other and can easily attach to the skin. This wearable mini lab contains “microfluidics” which are designed to route fluids within themselves in pretty much the way that many microelectronics work with electrons. Each one of the four chambers in the device measures a particular biomarker like chloride, pH, lactate or glucose. The device collects and analyzes perspiration for key biomarkers. For example, the device can indicate how various people respond to exercise which can include information on whether someone needs to change certain habits like drinking more water. The researchers said that this technology also had the potential to use other fluids like saliva and tears in a few years.