Scanadu Scout Medical Tricorder indiegogo project

I’m following this crowd funded project with interest –
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/scanadu-scout-the-first-medical-tricorder?c=home – although it’s already received 5 times the funding it was originally looking for. With $500,000 already in the bank that should give its development a good chance at entering into the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize for a bonus $10m.

This little device will allow you to quickly measure heart rate, body temperature, oxymetry, respiratory rate, blood pressure, ECG and stress – which can then be tracked easily on a smartphone app so that you can monitor any potentially dangerous changes.

As information is so important in diagnosis and prevention of long term illnesses, the more data the better. And with Watson already being trained to make medical diagnosis then in a few years it will be run of the mill to take a reading that gets uploaded to your cloud stored health profile which can be continuously monitoring for danger signs. If I received an alert to take some extra tests to check for problems, or to rule out them out, I’d certainly do it rather than wait for symptoms which may come too late.

Heart muscle aging reversed (in mice)

An interesting article in New Scientist this week regarding using the blood of younger mice to reverse the signs of aging in older mice – full article here – using daily injections of the protein GDF11. Not only could this help prevent early deaths in humans (by repairing damaged heart muscle after a cardiac arrest) but is an apparent demonstration that rejuvenation will one day be possible – its hard to argue that you couldn’t choose to live forever if your body could be continually rejuvenated. Let’s stay healthy out there to make sure we get over the finishing line!

Survival chances improving daily

Having just mentioned in my chances of living calculation, once diseases are banished to human history, then the chance of living another year will mainly come down to avoiding accidents and disasters. As if to highlight this, today the BBC reports on work in Iceland to improve monitoring volcanoes and give earlier warning of possible eruptions. Once nano-sensors are ubiquitous natural disasters, including earthquakes, should be entirely predictable with enough time to evacuate everybody to a safe distance.