A wearable sensor to the children!

A wearable sensor to the children!

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has initiated a multi-center study, wherein it will provide belts with monitors for youngsters to wear to understand the extent and impact of exposure to pollution on asthmatic children. The study is funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Medical Research Centre in the United Kingdom. The medical institute will give a wearable sensor in the form of a belt to the children, which will continuously measure the level of air pollution while they are in school, home or traveling in a bus. The project that started six months ago has so far identified 10-15 students. The machine will identify the degree of exposure and its effect on the health of children who have continuous asthma. To give an idea of the overall health status a button-like device will be put on the chest of a child. The sensor will be concealed, and as per the researchers, no one will be able to see the data being recorded by the machine. Researchers have planned to give it to a child for a week, and repeat the same at least two-three times a year. The machine will have an inbuilt mechanism that will help monitor data, and real-time pollution information will be constantly recorded to help doctors identify a trend. The research is being conducted in collaboration with IIT-Delhi, University of Edinburgh and Imperial College of London, and Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai. They are identifying schools of asthmatic children coming to our clinic for treatment. They approach the authorities and inform them about the study. After receiving consent from parents and the school, a sensor will be given to the child. This is an ongoing project and will be completed in two years. The study will help us identify how the health of a child is affected by the changing levels of pollution. Generating such information will be extremely valuable. The data will re-confirm how air pollution aggravates the condition of those with a history of respiratory ailments.

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