Diabetic patients advised to get feet check-up regularly

Diabetic patients advised to get feet check-up regularly
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Hamad General Hospital’s Podiatry Clinic sees around 70 patients a day, including a large number of diabetics.

Dr Talal Khader Talal, Head of Podiatric Services at Hamad Medical Corporation says it’s important for diabetics to get their feet inspected every day and do an annual checkup with podiatry clinic as part of managing diabetes.

“Inspecting your feet every day, and seeking care early in case of a foot injury, is essential for good diabetes management. Make sure your healthcare team checks your feet at least once a year – more often if you have foot problems. Your physician can also explain the do’s and don’ts of good foot care,” said Dr Talal.

“Most patients can prevent serious foot problems by…

Probiotics may help spinal cord injury recovery

The health implications of our gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract – have been uncovered in recent years. But a new study finds a surprising benefit of maintaining a healthy gut: better recovery from spinal cord injury.

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So-called good bacteria, found in probiotics, could help aid recovery from spinal cord injury. So conclude researchers after conducting a study in mice.

The researchers, led by Phillip G. Popovich of Ohio State University, publish their findings in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.

They note that our gut microbiota communicates with the central nervous system (CNS) by interacting with immune cells and secreting metabolites that pass through the blood-brain barrier.

“Most (~70-80 percent) immune cells in the body are located within gut-associated lymphoid tissues,” the researchers write. “There, an ongoing dialogue between immune cells and gut bacteria produces cytokines that affect CNS function.”

The influence of our gut bacteria is far-reaching. From boosting the effectiveness of chemotherapy to affecting obesity risk in youth, the gut microbiome is incredibly important for our body’s overall health.

In addition to the more overt effects of traumatic spinal cord injuries, the researchers say they have secondary effects, including loss of bowel control, which can cause disruption to the gut microbiome.

Termed “dysbiosis,” this disruption happens when…

Diabetics Can Use This Smart Pair Of Socks To Monitor Foot Swelling In Real Time, Preventing Injuries

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    (Photo : Nordic Innovation) An awesome and convenient way to monitor if the feet are swelling without the person physically being aware of it, preventing foot injuries for diabetic patients.

Diabetes is a serious health problem and makes its patients prone to foot injuries. This is why a startup company, Siren Care, has created something smart for it. They invented a Diabetic health tracking system that utilizes the concept of wearing socks, crammed in temperature sensors to detect inflammation leading to injury, in real time for people with the said health condition.

This was thought of when co-founder Ran Ma was tinkering with biomass so to regrow skin that had been previously damaged. The research was done at Northwestern University when the discovery happened. Right there, Ma learned how to treat diabetic feet and thought of a wearable that can…

‘Smart’ Socks Designed By Siren Care Aim To Help Diabetics Track Health Of Feet Effectively

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Siren Care, a Diabetic health tracking startup has come up with a method to detect inflammation and injury of the feet in real time using ‘smart socks’. These socks are specially designed to use temperature sensors for this very purpose. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients are prone to foot injuries, swelling and other issues due to nerve damage and hence can create serious problems like severe infection and even amputation if not treated in time. While at Northwestern University, co-founder of the startup, Ran Ma was working on growing biomass to grow skin that had been damaged and during this research she thought of making a wearable that could prevent and track injuries at the same time. Both the founders, Ma and Veronica Tran were aware that early detection of an injury is vital to treatment and thought that built in sensors in a wearable are the solution to the problem at hand.

How it works?

Siren’s socks aren’t the first wearable that tries to detect foot injuries. SurroSense Rx is a wireless insert for the shoe for diabetes patients and Tillges Technologies’ PressureGuardian is a boot that is designed for the same purpose. However, a boot or a foot pad is either bulky or difficult to insert and not sufficiently close to the skin. Siren’s socks have sensors woven into the fabric and help detect wherever inflammation is found. After detection all the information is uploaded to an app on your smart phone that alerts you about where the problem lies. All data is stored on the…

Smart Care Smart Socks Monitor Diabetes; Tracker Uses Temperature Sensors To Observe Foot Injury

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    Siren Care has utilized the technology and invented a smart way to track diabetes instantly. (Photo: Ran Ma/Youtube Screenshot)

Diabetes tracking company Siren Care has discovered a smart way to track diabetic health. It has come up with smart socks that use temperature as parameter to detect if a person is diabetic.

Siren Care Smart Socks Identifies Diabetes

While studying the methods of treatment of diabetes at Northwestern University, Siren Care co-founder Ran Ma got inspired to invent a smarter way to track the diabetic health of a person. By using temperature sensors, the device detects inflammation and tracks real-time diabetes.

At the university, the students learnd how to use biomass to lead to the growth of the lost skin and get it back. It was then when the co-founder of Siren Care planned to make something wearable to ensure the detection of injuries and diabetes.


Siren Care makes a “smart” sock to track diabetic health

Diabetic health tracking startup Siren Care has created smart socks that use temperature sensors to detect inflammation — and therefore injury — in realtime for diabetics.

Co-founder Ran Ma was working on growing biomass to grow back skin that had been damaged while at Northwestern University when she started learning how to treat diabetic feet and thought of making a wearable that could track and prevent injuries.

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients are prone to foot swelling, among other foot issues and it can lead to some serious problems such as infection or amputation of the foot if not checked. Early detection is crucial to head off any serious complications and Ma and her co-founder Veronica Tran believe built-in sensors are the key.

But Siren’s socks aren’t the first wearable to aim for detection of a diabetic foot injury. SurroSense Rx is a wireless shoe insert for diabetics and the PressureGuardian from Tillges Technologies is a boot designed to detect issues as well.

But a boot is cumbersome and Siren’s socks are closer to the skin than a foot pad in your shoe. The…

Healthcare startup raises $2.6M for smart belt to deploy airbag to cushion seniors when they fall

ActiveProtective smartbelt houses a micro airbag
ActiveProtective’s smart belt houses a micro airbag designed to cushion the user’s fall

About 2.8 million seniors are treated in the emergency room for injuries related to falls each year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 800,000 of these falls results in hospitalization —hip fractures account for just under one-third of these hospital stays. Medicare costs for fall injuries in 2015 added up to more than $31 billion.

ActiveProtective, a healthcare startup, developed a belt that can not only detect a fall but also deploy a micro airbag to protect seniors from injuries such as hip fractures when they do. The company raised $2.6 million in a Seed 3 round, according to an emailed statement from the CEO and Co-founder Drew Lakatos.

Lakatos noted that the Philadelphia-area company would use the new funding…