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Handheld Device Tellspec can Detect Allergens, Chemicals and Nutrients in Food

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Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2013 01:26 AM by AlexMuller

The industrialization of food production freed people up to pursue careers other than farming.But it also incentivized food companies and restaurants to use low-cost ingredients that taste or look good but often are neither healthful nor natural. For people with food allergies or diet-related diseases such as Celiac and diabetes, eating foods with unknown ingredients is a high-risk activity.

 

All of these diseases are on the rise in the United States and other developed countries, according to some researchers due to the same lack of exposure to livestock and soil.

 
For this particular ill of the post-War era, there’s now a 21st-century workaround: a hand-held spectrometer that can determine exactly what is in the user’s food and display it on his or her smartphone.
 
A Toronto company called TellSpec has developed a spectroscopy data-crunching algorithm that runs in the cloud and delivers nuggets of useful information to the user through a smartphone app. The idea for the device came from co-founder Isabel Hoffman’s daughter, who suffers from gluten intolerance and other food allergies.
 
“Until recently, spectrometers were large and expensive, but now they are available as tiny affordable chips,” explained Hoffman.
 
TellSpec has been testing its software using off-the-shelf spectrometers, but it recently completed an IndieGoGo campaign to contract production of its prototyped device, which will power a Raman spectrometer laser beam with batteries that can be recharged through a USB port.
 


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
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This app is great. Finding out what is in your food there and then could prevent many problems for people with food allergies and similar conditions- just relying on labels is not good enough
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
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Getting apps for Smartphone is familiar to people and most of us would like to monitor health - put these two together in one idea - great, it should work
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
+2
Yes, mobile technology has revolutionized the way that we communicate and do things. Communication is so important to modern healthcare and it should do the same Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
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I agree. There could be problems if patients try to interpret the data themselves - doctors are very much needed Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
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Perhaps we also need more education about the healthy lifestyle together with all these apps and sensors - we need to know much more before we just look at numbers Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
+2
There is quite a bit of activity in this area already. There are apps that can track medical conditions daily. This can be helpful for patients who have new symptoms and want to track what may trigger their symptoms
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
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This is good- There is growing pressures on healthcare providers to see more patients, the time that a patient spends with their provider is decreasing, with the potential to l decrease quality of care. The apps can help and assist Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
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This app will be very useful. I found that TellSpec’s takes the spectrum data and returns it to the user as a report on common allergens, fats, sugars, and some toxic contaminants. It also provides sodium and calorie counts and this will appeal to a broader audience. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
+1
Another big progress and application in this area are sensors that record and report eating habits. This should help with moderating eating habits. If food is eaten very quickly so that people eat more without realising that they are fool, warning them
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
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Yes, this could be very good prevention and prevention is the best and where efforts should be. It will bring us to an era of healthcare rather than sick care. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-16
+0
It is clear that sensors will increasingly be integrated into healthcare. From connected scales to sensors that can track heart rate ...... the patient can follow and try to understand their healthcare data Reply


 

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