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Hair-sized device can help monitor lung disease: Study

Each sensor can measure different indicators in tissues, such as acidity and oxygen levels, which provide important information on the body’s reaction to disease processes. The technology, developed by researchers from the Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, paves the way for accurate monitoring of tissue in areas where existing technologies cannot reach. Lung diseases are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the world. According to the team, the probe can pick up tiny changes in tissue health and could improve how patients are assessed and treated, specifically those on ventilators in intensive care. The technology is designed to offer fast, accurate measurements and the flexibility to add more sensors, researchers said.

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