Sunday March 29, 2020

Researchers Develop Smart Jumpsuit to Spot Neurological Issues in Infants

Smart jumpsuit can help spot and measure neurological issues in infants

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Researchers have developed a smart jumpsuit, or a garment that accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infant. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a smart jumpsuit, or a garment that accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants from the age of five months – data that can help in assessing abnormal neurological development, among other things.

The assessment of spontaneous and voluntary movements is part of the neurological examination of infants.

Previously, the quantitative tracking of children’s spontaneous motility in the natural environment has not been possible.

Instead, children have been primarily qualitatively assessed at the physician’s or physiotherapist’s practice, which requires taking into account the fact that the infant’s behaviour in the practice setting does not necessarily entirely match that seen at home.

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The assessment of spontaneous and voluntary movements is part of the neurological examination of infants. Pixabay

“The smart jumpsuit provides us with the first opportunity to quantify infants’ spontaneous and voluntary movements outside the laboratory,” said Sampsa Vanhatalo, Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

“The child can be sent back home with the suit for the rest of the day. The next day, it will be returned to the hospital where the results will then be processed,” Vanhatalo added.

Vanhatalo said that the new analysis method, published in the journal Scientific Reports, quantifies infant motility as reliably as a human being would be able to do by viewing a video recording.

After the measurement, the infant’s actual movements and physical positions will be known to the second, after which computational measures can be applied to the data.

“This is a revolutionary step forward. The measurements provide a tool to detect the precise variation in motility from the age of five months, something which medical smart clothes have not been able to do until now,” Vanhatalo said.

The data gleaned by the smart jumpsuit is valuable, since the detection of abnormalities in the neurological development of infants at an early stage enables early support.

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In the future, the smart jumpsuit can be used for the objective measurement of how various therapies and treatments affect the development of infants. Pixabay

Brain plasticity is at its strongest in early childhood, and is benefited by measures supporting development, which are targeted at recurring everyday activities.

The pathogenic mechanisms underlying developmental disorders are complex, but preterm birth, perinatal brain damage and the lack of early care, as well as insufficient stimulation in the growth environment aggravate the risk of developmental problems.

Developmental disorders in today’s pressure-dominated world pose a considerable risk that can lead to learning difficulties and obstacles in the competition for education and jobs, said Leena Haataja, Professor of Paediatric Neurology at the University of Helsinki.

Furthermore, they are a risk factor associated with exclusion from contemporary society.

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“The early identification of developmental disorders and support for infants’ everyday functional capacity in interaction with the family and the growth environment constitute a significant factor on the level of individuals, families and society,” Haataja said.

In the future, the smart jumpsuit can be used for the objective measurement of how various therapies and treatments affect children’s development. (IANS)

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All Private Hospitals and Doctors Should Lend their Helping Hands

It is the time when all “private” doctors, health clinics and nourishing homes should give serious thought towards helping the governments

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Doctors and elite hospitals should come forwards with their open hearts. Pixabay

SALIL GEWALI

If private medical professionals still choose to remain on lockdown at home 
then the groan and moan of humanity will unmask them forever.  

A friend in need is the friend indeed. But today one should change it a little bit to be more relevant by saying – “a doctor in need is a doctor indeed”. Because the doctors are our most wanted friends now. They are the ones who could save us from the Covid malady.

It is the time when all “private” doctors, health clinics and nourishing homes should give serious thought towards helping the governments in their respective countries by extending their voluntary services in every possible way.

doctors hospital
If private doctors and medical professionals still choose to remain on lockdown at home
then the groan and moan of humanity will unmask them forever.

All doctors and owners of “private” medical institutes should agree that this is the most “unprecedented” pandemic health crisis mankind has ever witnessed, at least in modern times. So, the “private health professionals” and elite hospitals should come forwards with their open hearts. In fact, is it not the medical fraternity who has seen life from the close proximity of the “death”? One’s materialistic possession, his high ambition and dream seems like  an illusion when deaths come knocking the door? Look at the increasing fatalities in Italy and Spain due to raging coronavirus infection. The USA is scrambling to get its medical equipment together. Is it not heart-wrenching! The government of Italy has screamed in tears pleading for help as it’s medical wherewithal is almost exhausted. What more — Prince Charles is in quarantine, so is now UK Prime Minister  Boris Johnson and his Health Secretary who tested positive for the deadly Corona-virus.

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Doctors in overalls stretch a patient under intensive care into the newly built Columbus Covid 2 temporary hospital to fight the new coronavirus infection.

This pandemic crisis is in fact an “alarm bell” tolled which should prompt us for a real introspection. The condition the world top countries are confronting should make us “convince” that our life is afloat on the bubble of “uncertainty”. Any moment our end can come. The life on this earth is no less than a temporary sojourn — the fact we can see and feel more clearly now than ever before.

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All doctors and owners of “private” medical institutes should agree that this is the most “unprecedented” pandemic health crisis mankind has ever witnessed.

So, one strongly believes that in these trying times all “private medical professionals” and proprietors of all nourishing homes and hospitals across the world should stand up to demonstrate their compassion towards the aggrieved humanity. They should open the doors of their hospitals and clinics for the treatment of the COVID patients without discrimination and with utmost urgency.   Needless to say, by all accounts, this is their moral obligation and the prime duty. However, if they still choose to remain on lockdown at home and keep silent then the groan and moan of humanity will unmask them forever.

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A India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled ‘Great minds on India’ which has earned worldwide appreciations. Translated into twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA 

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