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Monitoring the Health of First Responders with Wearable Sensors

Posted by Patrick Hankey on July 12, 2021

Recently I had a Q&A session with Alex (Sandy) MacQuarrie, Ph.D., to gain insight into his work with the Hexoskin™ Smart Garment and how it’s used in his research. Hexoskin™ and Astroskin are garment-based platforms that combine ECG, respiratory, pulse oximetry, temperature, and accelerometry sensors.

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An Alternative to the 6MWT in Virtual Clinical Trials

Posted by Patrick Hankey on March 12, 2021

Digital innovation in clinical trial research has been accelerated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wherever possible, in-clinical assessments are being replaced with measures taken outside the study site. Decentralized trials present a new challenge to accurately capture data in real-world settings, such as the home or workplace. Here we illustrate how an outcome measure from a wearable sensor can be used as an alternative to the 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT).

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US Marine Corps Studies HRV to Predict PTSD Using Wearable Sensor Data

Posted by Dudley Tabakin on May 14, 2020

Here’s an example of how a clinical research team used hypothesis-driven research methods to discover HRV (Heart Rate Variability) associations with stress disorder symptoms in Marines. VivoSense® software was used to analyze the data collected, ensuring that unusable artifactual data was removed to allow for more accurate findings.

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Physician Biometric Data Analysis Helps Improve Patient Outcomes

Posted by Dudley Tabakin on February 27, 2020

The pace, pressures, work-life balance, and emotional aspects of a physician’s job put them at risk for burnout. A study by the American Medical Association and Mayo Clinic found that burnout rates were particularly increased for specialty practitioners. Drs. Nicholas Slamon and Rob Parker, pediatric ICU physicians at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, used VivoSense® and real-time biometrics of physician stress to study its effects on the care of pediatric patients.

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VivoSense® Used to Explore HRV as a Biomarker of Obesity

Posted by VivoSense Team on February 13, 2020

San Diego State University’s Clinical Psychology research group and the Drexel University WELL Center joined forces using VivoSense® to investigate Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and its link to obesity, binge eating, and loss of control while eating. Specifically, the study examined the association between HRV and binge eating and change in HRV from a resting to a stressed task as a potential marker of emotional regulation capacity in obese individuals.

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Advanced Analytics for Electromyogram (EMG) Signals using VivoSense® Software: Understanding Muscle Responses to Intensive Resistance Training

Posted by VivoSense Team on July 10, 2017

Health scientists at Hofstra University, NY, aim to uncover how resistance training with either a focus on intensity or volume increases muscle innervation, adaption and firing rates. These studies provide a greater understanding of how resistance training augments muscle activation and motor unit recruitment in trained individuals. This research has a broad range of applications, as we increasingly see the use of strength training in preventative healthcare and rehabilitation medicine.

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VivoSense® Provides the Solution to Accurate Volume Measures Derived from RIP

Posted by Dudley Tabakin on March 21, 2017

Respiratory inductance plethysmography (RIP) is a method for evaluating breathing characteristics by measuring the movement of the thorax and abdominal wall. RIP acquires respiratory data via two elastic bands placed around the rib cage (RC) and abdomen (AB), and thus, must be calibrated to provide accurate volume metrics.

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Link Between Aerobic Fitness Level and Protection to Psychosocial Stress Found Using VivoSense®

Posted by Dudley Tabakin on February 14, 2017

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen used VivoSense® Software to study the link between physical activity and its ability to improve resistance to psychosocial stress.

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US Marine Corps HRV Analysis Using VivoSense®

Posted by Dudley Tabakin on December 29, 2015

In one of the largest studies of active duty combat troops ever conducted Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has been shown to be lowered in post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.

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