Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Space suit monitors Canadian astronaut's health and fitness

Imagine not having to worry about the exact skin placement of an electrode or accelerometer?! Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is wearing the Hexoskin embedded sensored-shirt that can measure heart-rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels and temperature while orbiting the earth on the International Space Station.

Could a wearable like the Bio-Monitor help physical activity monitoring and #mhealth studies for validation against mobile apps or other wearables? I would be really interested in seeing some of the validation studies to see the accuracy compared to other devices or tests.

How it works
  • The wearable technology system is designed to be as comfortable as a typical snug shirt. The shirt has adjustable straps to position small metal sensors against the skin in order to get a good reading 
  • If an astronaut is about to exercise, he or she can use a tablet application to specify the type of activity and see his or her vital signs throughout the session.
  • Once finished, the astronaut disconnects the battery pack and plugs it into a base, which downloads the data to Earth through the Station's communications system for scientific analysis.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Exercising with video games (exergames) improves quality of life in patients with heart failure

logoAt the Heart Failure 2018 and the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, researchers presented the second phase of their HF-Wii study examining the changes in Quality of Life (QoL).

Exercising with video games improves quality of life in patients with heart failure:

Professor Jaarsma said: "Patients in the exergame group had significantly higher quality of life after three months than those who received standard exercise advice. While there was no statistical difference in anxiety and depression, it was encouraging that playing the exergame did not increase anxiety."

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