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A Novel and Simple Tool to Measure Health A team of scientists at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has developed a novel device aimed at measuring health and the presence of pathology. Dr. Jenna Yentes and graduate student, William Denton, have been working for the past year on the development of a noninvasive, simple, and effective tool that could potentially determine irregularities in biological systems and/or the effectiveness of rehabilitation. The device monitors human movement variability, which are the natural fluctuations, or variations, present in any given movement. These fluctuations represent healthy movement patterns as they are adaptable and can vary to the ever-changing needs of the body. The device monitors these fluctuations, alerting the end-user (e.g., health care provider) of changes in the health of the individual. The NASA EPSCoR mini-grant award has allowed them to determine the validity and reliability of the prototype. This research has successfully allowed them to enter a licensing agreement with a corporation to develop their device commercially and the commercial development is currently underway. Dr. Yentes’ future work will focus on the clinical utility of the device, determining the validity of predicting pathological events by monitoring biological rhythms through the device. This device is the first of its kind. Significant findings from this research project could lead to challenging current rehabilitation dogmas, setting UNO in an elite league of institutions.

Dr. Jenna Yentes, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dr. Yentes and subject during a data collection to test the validity of the device that was developed to monitor human movement variability. www.nasa.gov/epscor/stimuli

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EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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