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April 1, 2019

Sweat sensors: Engineering breakthrough tools for health diagnostics


Multidisciplinary team tackles challenges to make sweat as important as blood for health monitoring

This research team is sweating the small stuff -- in sweat! With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), device engineer Jason Heikenfeld of the University of Cincinnati and a multidisciplinary team are developing new technologies to take sweat biosensors to the next level. Their wearable patches allow tiny amounts of sweat to be captured and analyzed quickly and accurately with strong correlation to blood data. The researchers envision a day when data from continuous sweat monitoring will be an essential tool in health care, like blood tests. Heikenfeld is also part of a new start-up company called Eccrine Systems that's working to bring sweat biosensing to the marketplace.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #1608275, Chronologically Correlated Sweat Biosensing.

Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Kate Tobin, Science Nation Producer


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