Wearable Sensor Tracks How Much You Scratch #WearableWednesday
People aren’t always the best at self reporting. How do you quantify itching a lot? Wearables in the medical field will help record and quantify certain behaviors and conditions. This sensor will give real world data to itchiness.
In fact, itchiness is one of the main symptoms that reduce quality of life in these patients, says Xu, who co-developed the device with John Rogers at Northwestern. “Itch is miserable,” he says. “If you’ve ever had a bout of poison ivy, just imagine living with that day in and day out without reprieve.”
Measuring and quantifying itch could improve medical treatment for these patients. For example, it would give doctors and patients a more objective way to determine whether a medication is working. That’s particularly true for young children, who may not be able to articulate how their body changes over time.
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