Quantified Self

There is a massive amount of health-tech being developed at the moment, much of which is about allowing you to monitor your own vital statistics. I’m sure it will get more detailed in the future but its a great start.

I’ll hopefully start reviewing some home/self-monitoring gadgets soon, and report back on ease of use and accuracy.

I’ve been taking my blood pressure a couple of times a month for years now – its a bit of a manual process still – which has allowed me to set myself a reduction target (with noticeable effects in a year) and, as importantly, gives me a baseline to compare future trends with. I’ll spot any change months, mayhe years, before any physical symptoms allowing me to address it in time. And if it suddenly jumps up the doctor doesnt have to guess whether I’ve got general hypertension or its something more acute – I’ll be able to confidently say that a high blood pressure it abnormal for my body.

Although the club is primarily interested in monitoring one’s health, the quantified self movement is not restricted to that alone and encompasses measuring anything you can about yourself for its own sake. Likewise, although QS is facilitated through the use of technology, technology is not a prerequisite for QS, it can equally be done using just pen and paper.


What is Cholesterol – How To Reduce Cholesterol Naturally  – AntiAgingSolutions (YouTube) – 1-Feb-2012
Good animation of the process of atherosclerosis



The quantified self (video) – TED – Jun-2010
At TED@Cannes, Gary Wolf (one of the founders of QS) gives a 5-min intro to using mobile apps and always-on gadgets to track and analyze your body, mood, diet, spending — just about everything in daily life you can measure — in gloriously geeky detail

Top 10 Health Parameters You Can Measure At Home! – The Medical Futurist (YouTube) – 9-Jun-2015

Quantified Self Labs – http://quantifiedself.com/
Serves the Quantified Self user community worldwide by producing international meetings, conferences and expositions, community forums, web content and services, and a guide to self-tracking tools.

Lab Tests Online-UK
Independent information from a collaboration of professional societies representing the clinical laboratory community.

An Evidence-Based Approach for Optimal Health and Longevity – Mike Lustgarten
Tracking daily nutrition and measuring blood biomarkers

PrivateHealthScreening – http://privatehealthscreen.org/
We are a group of doctors who are concerned about the safety and the ethics of private screening tests. We are worried that the companies who charge you for these tests are not giving consumers full and fair information about them.

Cue – https://cue.me/
deep health tracker

Thermometers: Understand the options – Mayo Clinic
Understand the different types of thermometers and how to pick the right thermometer for you.

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More Belly Fat Means More Cognitive Impairment – Trinity College Dublin – 1-Aug-2018
Waist-to-hip ratio associated with reduced cognitive function in older adults
Due to increased secretion of inflammatory markers by belly fat.
TUDA study comprised over 5,000 Irish individuals >60 years of age.

Are you fat on the inside? – BBC News – 3-May-2018
Average size 12 29 year-old has a body scan.
DEXA scan analyses her fat and muscle percentage.
Just overweight on BMI, but double the visceral fat.
Hidden fats can be reduced quickly.

EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker Review – Med Gadget – 1-May-2018
EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker measures refractive error.
FDA-approved miniscope device is attached to a smartphone.
iOS or Android app guides user through the vision test.
Test takes about 15 minutes for both eyes.
Uses cloud-based analytics to calculate refractive error.
Refractive error is just one indicator of your eye health.

Tooth-mounted sensors track your diet and health – Digital Trends – 27-Mar-2018
Tufts University has created tiny sensors that attach to teeth.
Wireless sensors relay data about sugar, salt, and alcohol intake.
Like a little nutritionist in your mouth.
Can also monitor physiological states, e.g. fatigue, through saliva sampling.

App Aims To Put Your Lifespan In Your Hands – Forbes – 11-Mar-2018
Eterly works with wearables to derive insight about lifestyle habits.
Uses a chatbot that prompts users for information about their diet, vitamin intake, and mood.
Algorithmically determined ‘Longevity Score’ is updated on a daily basis.
AI-driven chatbot acts like a virtual personal trainer.

Electronic skin displays heartbeat on your hand – Engadget – 18-Feb-2018
e-skin can display vital signs in real time on a skin display.
Breathable nanomesh electrode blended with stretchable wiring and array of LEDs.
Can pair with a smartphone and transmit to the cloud.
Sensor lasts for about a week without inflammation.
Uses conventional circuit board manufacturing techniques to keep costs down.

Wearable sensor combines ECG and optical heart rate monitoring – Mobi Health News – 29-Nov-2017
Silicon Labs has announced a new line of optical biometric sensors.
Lower power consumption for consumer-grade wearables.
Device could run continuously reducing need to recharge or turn off.
Module includes a motion-compensating heart rate algorithm.
COMMENT: Expect to see in branded devices in 2018?

How a graphene tattoo could monitor your health – BBC News – 25-Oct-2017
Graphene is more conductive than gold.
So thin it allows the tattoo to wrinkle naturally with skin.
Cost of graphene is falling – should be cheap enough for disposable devices by 2022.

Biosensors as a Tattooed Interface – Digital Journal – 1-Oct-2017
Dermal Abyss research involves a novel approach in which the surface of the body is rendered as an interactive display.
Instead of using regular tattoo inks biosensors are used whose colour changes in response to variations in the interstitial fluid.
The biosensors would not only reflect the glucose level in the blood but its pH level as well. PH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of the blood.

Smartphone-connected ECG detects undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation – Mobi Health News – 6-Sep-2017
Over 35 million people around the world unknowingly suffer from Atrial Fibrillation.
AFib is the leading predictor of stroke and heart failure.
Multiple studies show Kardia Mobile smartphone-connected ECG successful in detecting AFib.
In 10,000 participants aged 50+, 30% of participants found to have AFib were previously undiagnosed.

Atlas Biomed Launches Personalised Health Testing for UK Consumers – Business Wire – 31-Jul-2017
DNA and gut microbiome tests with integrated analysis on the company’s health platform.
Select partners will be able to provide personalised preventative guidance to users.
Tests from £125

Sleep trackers can prompt sleep problems – Medical Xpress – 28-Feb-2017
15 percent of U.S. adults own a wearable fitness/sleep-tracking device, such as Fitbit or Apple Watch.
Some people do take [quantified self] too far, and that can be stressful.
The claims of these devices really outweigh validation of what they have shown to be doing.
They are not able to differentiate between light and deep sleep.

Wearable sensors can tell when you are getting sick – Stanford Medicine – 12-Jan-2017
Analysed nearly 2 billion measurements from 60 people, including continuous data from wearables and periodic data from laboratory tests.
Collected data on weight; heart rate; oxygen in the blood; skin temperature; activity, including sleep, steps, walking, biking and running; calories expended; acceleration; and even exposure to gamma rays and X-rays.
Given a baseline range of values for each person, it is possible to monitor deviations and associate them with environmental conditions, illness or other factors that affect health.
Distinctive patterns of deviation seem to correlate with particular health problems.
Algorithms could potentially contribute to clinical diagnostics and research.

What Comes After The #Wearable Health Revolution? – Medical Futurist – 05-Mar-2016
Predictions for 2018 include a wearable technology market value of $12 billion.
Devices are expected to shrink, get cheaper and more comfortable.
Insideables – devices implanted into our body or just under the skin.
Digestables – pills or tiny gadgets that can be swallowed could track digestion and the absorption of drugs.
Right now patients are sitting in the cockpit of their planes and are waiting for the physicians to arrive.

Smart wristband continuously measures biomarkers & electrolytes – iMedicalApps – 19-Feb-2016
Continuously analyses sweat to monitor electrolytes like sodium and potassium as well as biomarkers like lactate.
Sensor array and data processing circuitry is embedded into a flexible plastic band.
Bluetooth connectivity.

10 Medical Wearables To Improve Your Life In 2016 – WT VOX – 30-Jan-2016
Medical grade wearables for the serious quantified self
As well as the usual blood glucose and blood pressure monitors also includes:
muscle performance measurement
chronic pain management
chip within a pill
urine testing kit

World’s Most Connected Human (VIDEO) – Vocativ – 28-Jan-2016
Chris Dancy uses up to 700 sensors, devices and applications at all time to track, analyze, and optimize his life.
Includes mattress movement, body movement, temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen, weight, what he eats, what he watches, whoe he meets, how he drives (hard breaking etc) as well has his environment (air quality, temperature, humidity).
Shares his data with friends and family
Digitization of health records shouldn’t be subject to commerce.

Are fitbands the future of genetic research? – BBC News – 28-Jan-2016
Cheaper DNA sequencing technology has provided a deluge of genetic data gathered from hundreds of thousands of people.
Challenge is to determine how much genes or lifestyle contribute to health.
Bio-monitoring devices could provide the vital statistics to geneticists.,
Soon will track track blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as movement and heart rate.
Combining the power of genetic analysis with bio-monitoring could spot the earliest signs of illnesses.

Video: Health Wearables At CES 2016 – IBT – 8-Jan-2016
Polar wrist heart rate sensor
TempTraq by Blue Spark – continuous temperature monitoring via BlueTooth
Omron’s Project Zero wrist worn blood pressure monitor

Remote monitoring battles diabetes and heart disease – mHealth Intelligence – 18-Sep-2015
Remote monitoring technology can reduce the number of hospital readmissions.
Equipment at patients’ homes sends patient to hospitals enabling physicians to assign medication and change prescriptions if needed.
Mayo Clinic will be working with Gentag, Inc. to create wearable biosensors.
Need to consider how to get care for people on the verge of getting ill.

Wize Mirror to monitor your health – New Scientist – 27-Jul-2015
EU funded Wize Mirror incorporates 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors to assess the health of someone looking into it. Clinical trials of the device will begin next year. Will need to cope with problems of natural settings such as illumination changes and excessive motion.

Wireless under the skin biosensor chip – EPFL – 27-May-2015
Can monitor glucose, lactate and cholesterol as well as drugs. Remote charging battery and bluetooth transmission.

Watson Health to diagnose health data from smartphones and fitness trackers – BBC News – 14-Apr-15
IBM and Apple team up

Apple ResearchKit collects data for medical studies – CNET – 9-Mar-15

Scanaflo Home Urine Testing – TechCrunch – 18-Feb-15 (video)
Doesn’t do anything more than a normal urine test stick but with the built in colour calibration means the smart phone app can read the results far more accurately than you could normally do at home. Plus it logs results to the app automatically so you don’t have to copy the results to a spreadsheet or other monitoring tool.

NHS plans ‘kitemark’ for health apps – BBC News – 13-Nov-14

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector – BBC News – 28-10-14 – circulating nanoparticles monitored with a wrist-worn sensor.

Tracking for Health – Pew Research – 28-Jan-13
33% track health indicators like blood pressure, sleep patterns, headaches, etc.
21% say they use some form of technology to track their health data.
More likely to track health if have chronic condition(s)

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