Everyone poops. Cardiologists are counting on it…

NOT an illustration of the actual device 🙂

❝ Engineers at Rochester Institute of Technology have designed a high-tech toilet seat that effortlessly flushes out data on the state of your cardiovascular system. The tricked-out porcelain throne measures your blood pressure, blood oxygen level, and the volume of blood your heart pumps per beat (stroke volume)—taking readings every time you sit down to catch up on some reading of your own. The engineers, led by David Borkholder, recently published a prototype of the seat in the open-access journal JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

❝ According to the inventors, the seat’s daily data dump could make patients and their doctors privy (har!) to early warning signs of heart failure, potentially helping to prevent further deterioration and avoid costly hospital stays. Moreover, the seat could ease in-home monitoring for heart patients, who often strain to consistently track their tickers with other, non-toilet-based monitors.

Makes great sense to me…if I had any sort of heart concerns. Apple’s HealthKit built into my iPhone made it a piece of cake for me to finally get round to integrating nutrition and exercise with other apps…lose weight, keep it off and get in better shape than a significant chunk of my [old geezer] age group.

3 thoughts on “Everyone poops. Cardiologists are counting on it…

  1. Scarabaeus Satyrus says:

    “Sewage reveals levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide” (Technical University of Denmark Public Release: 8-Mar-2019) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/tuod-srl030619.php “A comprehensive analysis of sewage collected in 74 cities in 60 countries has yielded the first, comparable global data, which show the levels and types of antimicrobial resistant bacteria that are present in mainly healthy people in these countries. The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, headed the study, which was conducted by an international team of researchers.” The researchers’ ambition is to develop a system that would continuously monitor the occurrence and spread of disease-causing microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance, which would make it possible to exchange and interpret information in real time. As such, it would be possible to use the global surveillance data e.g. to manage diseases that threaten to spread beyond a country’s borders and develop into pandemics, such as Ebola, measles, polio or cholera.
    The study is described in detail in an article in the highly regarded scientific journal Nature Communications: “Global monitoring of antimicrobial resistance based on metagenomics analyses of urban sewage.” https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08853-3

  2. Apsara says:

    Wastewater is an asset, with nutrients, energy and precious metals — and scientists are learning how to recover them https://www.greenbiz.com/article/wastewater-asset-nutrients-energy-and-precious-metals-and-scientists-are-learning-how “On average, every Americans uses about 60 gallons of water per day (PDF) for purposes that include flushing toilets, showering and doing laundry. This figure can easily double if outdoor uses, such as watering lawns and filling swimming pools, are also included.
    Most of the used water eventually will become wastewater that must be treated before it can be discharged into nature. And that treatment uses a lot of energy. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, water and wastewater facilities account for more than a third of municipal energy budgets. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/wastewater-guide.pdf

  3. Doc says:

    Movement toward a poop test for liver cirrhosis : In a study of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and their twins and other close relatives, UC San Diego researchers were able to diagnose liver cirrhosis simply by analyzing a person’s stool microbes https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoc–mta032619.php
    “A gut microbiome signature for cirrhosis due to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease” https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-09455-9

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