Stress can a major contributing factor to the development of chronic diseases like heart disease, and to workplace issues such as burn out. Job related stress in particular builds up to $300B in annual costs in the USA. But for scientists and psychologists, measuring stress and helping patients to overcome stress, can itself be stressful: Accurately measuring stress can be particularly hard to do. However, according to anew article from IEEE, a new wearable sensor developed by Stanford could be the Holy Grail of stress measurement.
Stanford researchers have recently developed a patch that is able to provide instant and accurate measurement of stress by checking the levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone, in sweat. The patch is still only a prototype, and work remains to be done to miniaturize the device, evaluate data, develop a user interface, and adapt it to be powered by energy harvesting rather than a battery. But even in its early stages, this small patch has the potential to have huge ramifications in our global health, and our ability to overcome stress.
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