Until we start educating people to be more accountable for their health, we will continue to bankrupt ourselves. People like the idea of taking a statin so "I can anything I want." instead of doing the right things. Why? Because for those with health insurance, these drugs are cheap. We will need to have a sliding scale where the drug copays go up sharply after a grace period for people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Of course, that would require doctors to start putting away their prescription pads; i.e., become holistic health practioners. thanks, @J.Kim; Test??
Wireless Blood Test Implant Can Detect Heart Attacks Early
Scientists in Switzerland have developed what they say is the smallest medical implant with multiple sensors ever created, a 14-millimeter long chip that can measure molecules in the bloodstream of a live organism and transmit the results wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet app. They claim the device, called the “IronIC system,” can detect heart attacks several hours in advance.
Every cyborg should have one of these.
Read more at theverge.com.
The device is powered by a patch that sticks onto a patient’s skin like a nicotine patch, but contains a battery instead of drugs. The chip sends information through radio waves to the battery patch, which in turn transmits it via Bluetooth to a mobile app. Carrara and his colleagues have tested a prototype device in mice for detection of five different blood-borne substances. So far, the results have been equal to the reliability of traditional blood tests, which involve drawing blood from a patient and analyzing it with separate lab equipment. The researchers plan to present their results in a paper at the Design, Automate and Test Europe conference tomorrow, March 20, but say it will likely be four years until commercial availability. At that point, they believe mass production will allow them to produce chips for less than a dollar each.
For private use; its an incredible technology. In a society where medicine is socialized this technology will be a great way to tally what we ate and drank; as well as our physical activity... I could see us losing certain privileges if we refuse to fall into the line of a lifestyle that keeps healthcare costs down.
Great news! Burgers and fries for breakfast lunch and dinner and when your phone tells you your getting into the red just head to the hospital so they can blow your tubes out.
Well, at least now you can get in line at the hospital and have your heart attack in the waiting room ?