Sat, Apr 29, 2017 | updated 07:17 AM IST

Now, a skin patch that lets you monitor your booze level

Updated: Aug 03, 2016 08:58 IST      
Now, a skin patch that lets you monitor your booze level

Washington, Aug 3 (ANI): Heads up boozers, there's a new breathalyser in town that is wearable and can measure your alcohol history just from the sweat on your skin.

Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person's blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device.

The device can be worn on the skin and could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content.

The device consists of a temporary tattoo, which sticks to the skin, induces sweat and electrochemically detects the alcohol level, and a portable flexible electronic circuit board, which is connected to the tattoo by a magnet and can communicate the information to a mobile device via Bluetooth.

"Lots of accidents on the road are caused by drunk driving. This technology provides an accurate, convenient and quick way to monitor alcohol consumption to help prevent people from driving while intoxicated," researcher Joseph Wang said.

The device could be integrated with a car's alcohol ignition interlocks or friends could use it to check up on each other before handing over the car keys, he added.

"When you're out at a party or at a bar, this sensor could send alerts to your phone to let you know how much you've been drinking," said co-first author Jayoung Kim.

"What's also innovative about this technology is that the wearer doesn't need to be exercising or sweating already. The user can put on the patch and within a few minutes get a reading that's well correlated to his or her blood alcohol concentration. Such a device hasn't been available until now," researcher Patrick Mercier said.

Researchers tested the alcohol sensor on 9 healthy volunteers who wore the tattoo on their arms before and after consuming an alcoholic beverage (either a bottle of beer or glass of red wine). The readouts accurately reflected the wearers' blood alcohol concentrations.

The device also gave accurate readouts even after repeated bending and shaking. This shows that the sensor won't be affected by the wearer's movements, researchers said.

As a next step, the team is developing a device that could continuously monitor alcohol levels for 24 hours.

The study appears in the journal ACS Sensors. (ANI)

New blood test may predict diabetes better

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 16:00 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 28 (ANI): A team of researchers has come up with a new blood test that may better predict gestational diabetes.

Full Story >>

Turns out, e-cigarettes can help smokers kick the butt

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 14:11 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 28 (ANI): Smokers rejoice! As a recent study suggests that your plan to kick the cigarette addiction by turning to the electronic version of butts won't go up in smoke.

Full Story >>

Affordable lab tests now at your doorstep

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 06:41 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): Before going for any medical test, now compare the rates of different path-labs with just a click.

Full Story >>

Deal with depression in natural way

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 03:19 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): Depression is world's leading illness and is one of the major reasons for suicides globally, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The story in India is no different.

Full Story >>

Parkinson's disease starts in gut: Study

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 10:03 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 27 (ANI): A recent study suggests that parkinson's disease, a disorder of the central nervous system, may start in the gut and spread to the brain via the vagus nerve.

Full Story >>

Lung for Long: Gasp No More

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 18:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 26 (ANI-Businesswire India): Lungs in Delhi seem to be in dire straits. In the midst of ever thickening air pollution and lifestyle gone astray, lung power is ebbing fast. Data emerging from April 25 lung health camp organized in iconic Press Club of India (PCI) on the occasion of World Asthma Day pressed panic button as regards lung health of the capital city.

Full Story >>

Risk of obesity influenced by changes in our genes

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 15:22 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 26 (ANI): According to new study, a child's risk of obesity while growing up can be influenced by modifications to their DNA prior to birth.

Full Story >>

Patient with rare knee cancer undergoes life saving surgery

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 13:52 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 26 (ANI): A resident of Ganganager, in Rajasthan, was diagnosed of Large Soft Tissue Sarcoma (9Kg), with Neuro Vascular involvement.

Full Story >>

Here`s how protein impacts intellectual disability

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 07:36 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 26 (ANI): A new study has paved the way for the potential treatments of intellectual disability and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Full Story >>

Stem cells can help identify neuronal defects, suggests Study

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 12:26 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 25 (ANI): According to a recent study, the researchers used stem cells derived from patients with Angelman syndrome to identify the underlying cellular defects that cause the rare neurogenetic disorder.

Full Story >>

#WorldMalariaDay: Effective steps to prevent Malaria

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 11:01 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 25 (ANI): The theme for World Malaria Day this year is "End Malaria for Good".

Full Story >>

Artificial Intelligence may help in diagnosing Tuberoculosis

Updated: Apr 25, 2017 11:01 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 25 (ANI): If you are a patient of Tuberculosis, then we might have some good news for you.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Apr 25 (ANI): According to a new study, only one in five victims with serious injuries caused by child abuse in England and Wales gets treated at a major trauma centre.

Full Story >>

Gene reveals cause of fatal childhood disorder: Study

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 17:51 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): A gene, involved in brain development, which can lead to severe disability and infant death, has been identified by scientists.

Full Story >>

Alcohol: the modern age liver killer

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 17:51 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Alcohol is predominantly metabolized through liver, hence its cumulative toxicity over years play important role in liver diseases or pancreatic diseases.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], April 24 (ANI): Due to increasing deaths because of prostate cancer among men, US researchers have suggested a special screening more frequently and at an early age to avoid the development of preclinical prostate cancer - that is not symptomatic - to advanced stages.

Full Story >>

Love guzzling diet sodas? Here is why you should NOT

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 07:02 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 (ANI): Still downing gallons of diet soda despite knowing that it wrecks your body? Maybe the knowledge of artificially sweetened beverages taking a toll on your brain as well ought to make an impact on your unhealthy habit.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 (ANI): A recent study has demonstrated that in the general population, central obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, lipid abnormalities and high alcohol consumption were the strongest predictors of severe liver disease.

Full Story >>

Breastmilk may help detect your cancer risk

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 11:50 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 (ANI): Breastmilk might offer clues about a woman's cancer risk, according to a recent research.

Full Story >>

Soon, new weapon in war against obesity

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 11:14 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 23 (ANI): A team of scientists has uncovered a potential approach to combat obesity.

Full Story >>