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.

Cholesterol

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

 

Resources

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

Latest News

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
http://www.ibtimes.com/video-health-wearables-heart-soul-ces-2016-2257661
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.
http://actu.epfl.ch/news/a-chip-placed-under-the-skin-for-more-precise-medi/

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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