Researchers have developed a wearable sensor that can detect infections such as COVID-19 and the flu through human sweat – Chip Chick

As Fitbits and Apple Watches revolutionized widespread health monitoring using wearable sensors, a host of new studies have sought to push the limits of wearable sensor capabilities.

Now a team of bioengineers from the University of Texas at Dallas has partnered with EnLiSense LLC to create a wearable sensor that can identify the frequency of infections through sweat.

Their study published in Advanced material technologiesfound that the sweat sensor can detect two important biomarkers – one known as gamma-inducible protein (IP-10) and the other known as apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) associated with tumor necrosis factor.

If a wearable sensor detects elevated levels of any biomarkers in your sweat, a cytokine storm is likely to be occurring in your body.

Cytokine storm is an immune reaction that occurs when the human body is infected with a severe infection.

Dr. Shalini Prasad, head of bioengineering, described how detecting these markers through sweat is revolutionary.

“Our work is pioneering because until this date it was not clear whether these molecules were present in sweat,” said Dr. Prasad.

“We found that our low-passive sweating technology is indeed capable of measuring these biomarkers.”

And since COVID-19 infections remain at risk worldwide, this sensor provides users with an early insight into their coronavirus positivity. He could also detect the flu.

Viacheslav Lakobchuk – stock.adobe.com – for illustrative purposes only, not real people

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