Health Highlights: Dec. 5, 201312/05/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Microsoft Designing 'Smart Bra' to Help Women Avoid
A "smart bra" that would monitor a woman's heart activity in
order to track her moods and prevent her from overeating is being
developed by researchers.
Studies have shown that people tend to desire calorie-rich foods
when they're bored, stressed or discouraged. When sensors in the
bra detect heart signals indicating such emotions, they would send
a warning message to the woman's smartphone to caution her against
bad food choices,
Why did the researchers at Microsoft and a U.S. and U.K.
university decide to use a bra?
"First, we needed a form factor that would be comfortable when worn for long durations," they wrote in a research paper published online, CNNreported. "The bra form factor was ideal because it allowed us to collect (electrocardiogram data) near the heart."
The team said more research is needed before a smart bra is
actually a viable product. For example, the sensors need to be
charged every three to four hours, which limits how long the bra
can be worn.
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