Science Daily: ‘Smart toilet’ Monitors For Signs of Disease

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Sam Gambhir, who holds the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professorship for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research, has recently revealed his designs for a ‘smart toilet’ which will be able detect a range of disease markers in stool and urine including several cancers such as colorectal or urologic cancers. Gambhir’s toilet is an ordinary toilet outfitted with gadgets inside the bowl. Using motion sensing to deploy a mixture of tests, the smart toilet sports an array of health-monitoring technologies that look for signs of disease. According to Gambhir, the toilet could be particularly appealing to individuals who are genetically predisposed to certain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, prostate cancer or kidney failure, and want to keep on top of their health. The toilet automatically sends data extracted from any sample to a secure, cloud-based system for safekeeping. In the future, Gambhir said, the system could be integrated into any health care provider’s record-keeping system for quick and easy access. To read the full article, click here. 

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