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Wearable sweat sensor may help predict IBD flareups

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Reuters Health - 29/01/2021 - Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas, in collaboration with EnLiSense LLC, have developed a wearable device that monitors sweat for biomarkers that could signal flare-ups of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in real-time. "The ultimate goal of the work is to develop a device to help patients gain more control over IBD, which can be unpredictable. This would be the first IBD wearable," Badrinath Jagannath, a biomedical engineering doctoral student at UT Dallas, told Reuters Health by phone. "It's like the check-engine light in a car," added Dr. Shalini Prasad, a professor of bioengineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas. "The warning signal doesn't mean a patient is having a flare-up, but it could give the person the chance to intervene earlier, when the symptoms may be more responsive to treatment. The device also could help doctors understand sooner whether a treatment is w...

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