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It might seem hard to believe, but a sock could change the lives of people with diabetes. Some of those experts at the University of Arizona are in the process of helping to produce and test the Smart Sox. It's made with what's called intelligent textiles. It's not thread, but fiber optics. There are sensors inside the sock too. Dr. David Armstrong says UA researchers are interested in measuring how people move through the world, while working to heal them and keep them healed. It's expected that Smart Sox will give doctors the information they need to do both. This is a collaboration involving doctors, researchers, engineers, and patients.

Dr. David Armstrong

Armstrong says the Smart Sox and other similar technology will help doctors decide which treatment is best, and even help them dose physical activity like they dose medicine. "Too high, that's bad. Maybe you'll get a wound. Too low and you don't get all the benefits, the anti-diabetes benefits of being active. So there's that sweet spot," Armstrong says.
 
Source: Barbara Grijalva, Tucson News Now

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

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