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Wearable Biosensors: Can what you are wearing tell you when to see the doctor?


Dr. Rodgers and Dr. Pettigrew talk about how sensors can improve health in the future.

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DR. RODGERS: Did you know that your watch might soon be able to tell if you’re coming down with a cold and it’s time to call in sick?

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering explains:

DR. PETTIGREW: Wearable biosensors, such as fitness trackers and activity monitors, are used to measure your steps and heart rate. Imagine if the device you are wearing could also measure and detect changes in your blood pressure, body temperature, and even alert a family member in case of an emergency.

Wearable sensors have the potential to sense early signs of illness, maybe even before you are aware of it. This is an exciting area of research that can open the door to new ways to manage health and wellness.

DR. RODGERS: To learn more, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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