Lifestyle Behavious & Health

Understanding the relationships between lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes can be enhanced by the use of wearable cameras, concludes a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Three studies report on the latest preventive medicine research using Microsoft’s wearable camera, the SenseCam.
“Wearable cameras and their associated software analysis tools have developed to the point that they now appear well suited to measure sedentary behavior, active travel, and nutrition-related behaviors,” says author Aiden R. Doherty, PhD, from the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. “Individuals may recall events more accurately after reviewing images from their wearable cameras, and in addition aspects of their immediate cognitive functioning may also improve.”

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The Tiny Pill Monitors Firefighter Temperature, Heart & Respiration Rates

A plastic-coated pill containing a thermometer and small transmitter is being trialled by firefighters as a way to measure core temperature, heart and respiration rate. Read more here.

The Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor capsule contains a thermometer and small transmitter.  Read more:

The Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor capsule contains a thermometer and small transmitter.

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ISTAS10: Nanotechnology- will it revolutionise healthcare?

This video was taken of Professor Gordon Wallace delivering his keynote address at the IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) held at the University of Wollongong 7-10 June 2010. Professor Wallace's talk was titled "Nanotechnology: Will it Revolutionise Health Care?" Professor Wallace is the Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong and the Executive Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.

“Click first, care second” photography

"In the era of easily obtainable, easy-to-use digital cameras, any owner of a camera can be a “medical photographer”. Yet professionalism in obtaining medical photographs is much more than the sum of one’s equipment. Digital cameras, especially the ones in smartphones, give clinicians a high degree of autonomy in taking medical photos. Photos taken by clinicians aid diagnosis and teaching, but no matter how well intentioned, clinicians who take medical photos have practical, legal and ethical issues to negotiate. As the distribution of electronic data through the internet, social media and mobile devices becomes easier, appropriate collection, consent and use of medical imagery is essential.1 Lawful image security, storage and disposal practices, mandated by state and territory information acts and records disposal schedules, are paramount to the safe and ethical use of photographic information.


Medical photography often illustrates what people would prefer to keep private,2 is practised when people are vulnerable,3 and departs from other imaging by providing a permanent record of an undignified experience that can identify a patient.2,3 Patients who undergo clinician-taken medical photography can become an unequal partner with their doctor, believing they need to comply with photography as part of their treatment and care.3 In the best-case scenario, medical photos, properly executed in the context of clinical care, can inform distant specialists, record presentations of disease for teaching, and alert clinicians to transient or rarely seen symptoms. At worst, a photo can become a doctor’s memento, in which a patient’s experience is replayed through a morbid show and- tell for curiosity and entertainment. Revealing an intimate area for examination is one thing; but having the area captured on a smartphone may contravene professional standards. This may be occurring in hospitals around Australia."

Source: Kara Burns and Suzanne Belton in MJA 197 (5) · 3 September 2012 p. 265.

Wearable cameras you can swallow and sensors you can ingest

Swallowable camera pill robots now can anchor to your intestines safely.



"The anchoring robot would be swallowed like a normal pill and move through the body until it reached the gut. Then a doctor, using a wireless control, would tell the robot when to expand its legs and anchor. It would be good not only for snapping images, but also potentially for biopsies, drug delivery, heat treatment, and other treatment applications."

And more here with the swallowable sensor SmartPill.

"The SmartPill is an ingested, wireless device for measuring the health of the digestive system. As it passes through the digestive tract, the capsule transmits data to a receiver, which is later returned to the doctor and the information downloaded onto a laptop computer. (Courtesy of SmartPill Corp.)"

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