Researchers developed a wearable sensor that can detect infections like COVID-19 and influenza through human sweat – Chip Chick

Since Fitbits and Apple Watches revolutionized widespread health monitoring through the use of wearable sensors, a plethora of new studies have sought to push the boundaries of wearable sensor capabilities.

Now, a team of bioengineers from the University of Texas at Dallas has collaborated with EnLiSense LLC to create a wearable sensor that can identify the prevalence 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 tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL).

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

A cytokine storm is an immune reaction that occurs when the human body has contracted a serious infection.

Dr. Shalini Prasad, Head of Bioengineering, described how detecting these markers through sweat is groundbreaking.

“Our work is groundbreaking because, to date, it has not been clear whether these molecules are present in sweat,” said Dr. Prasad.

“We established that our low-volume passive sweat technology is capable of measuring these biomarkers.”

And since COVID-19 infections remain a risk around the world, this sensor gives users early insight into their Coronavirus positivity. It could also detect the flu.

Viacheslav Lakobchuk – stock.adobe.com – illustrative purpose only, not the actual person

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