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New stretchable electronics enable physicians to observe what occurs inside patients’ bodies at a level at which traditional wearables are incapable. With the ability to provide detailed health metrics including heart function, muscle activity, and quality of sleep, the new throat sensors aid in the diagnosis and treatment of aphasia, a communication disorder associated with stroke.

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Game-Changer for Stroke Recovery Treatment

A groundbreaking new wearable designed to be worn on the throat could be a game-changer in the field of stroke rehabilitation. Developed in the lab of Northwestern University engineering professor John A. Rogers, PhD, at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, in partnership with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, both in Illinois, the sensor is the latest in Rogers’ growing portfolio of stretchable electronics that are precise enough for use in advanced medical care and portable enough to be worn outside the hospital, even during extreme exercise.

Rogers presented “Biomedical Sensors in Service of Society”—research on the implications of stretchable electronics for stroke recovery treatment—at a press briefing at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Austin, Texas. His presentation was offered as a portion of the scientific session “Biomedical Sensors: Advances in Health Monitoring and Disease Treatment.”

Rogers’ sensors stick directly to the skin, moving with the body and providing detailed health metrics including heart function, muscle activity, and quality of sleep. “Stretchable electronics allow us to see what is going on inside patients’ bodies at a level traditional wearables simply cannot achieve,” Rogers says. “The key is to make them as integrated as possible with the human body.”

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