A device that clicks selfies to check CHOLESTEROL levels
There’s a new device that allows you to use your iPhone to determine your cholesterol level in a minute. Developed by engineers at Cornell, the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics, also known as the “smartCARD,” aims to replace more complicated cholesterol-testing systems. As www.News-Medical.Net explains, the engineers “created a smartphone accessory that optically detects biomarkers in a drop of blood, sweat or saliva.”
So think of it as a biological selfie, since you still have to draw bodily fluids and place them on the device’s test strip. It seems easy enough to use, though: It looks kind of like a smartphone credit card reader and it clamps over the phone’s camera. It comes with a built-in flash to illuminate the test strip within the device, and a minute after you take your “selfie,” the results appear on the screen.
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For now, the test only measures total cholesterol, but the engineers are working to break it down into categories that would include “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol. They’re also developing a similar system to measure Vitamin D levels.
It's important to keep your cholesterol levels within healthy limits. And if you have other risk factors for developing heart disease, you need to be even more careful — especially with your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad," cholesterol level.
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