Google is the most popular search engine on the Internet today, but it seems as if the company is expanding to include scientific services as well. Google recently announced that their researchers are trying to develop a wristband that may be able to detect mesothelioma early.
The Atlantic reports that researchers and scientists in the Google X laboratories are working on a way for people to detect cancer early by wearing a wristband that works in combination with taking medication. The medication will send nanoparticles throughout the body and attempt to detect the disease. According to Dr. Andrew Conrad, the lead researcher of the project, there is a possibility that the wristband will detect cancer, such as mesothelioma, before the symptoms arrive.
“We’re trying to change medicine from being episodic and reactive, like going to the doctor saying ‘my arm hurts’, to being proactive and preventative.”
In order for the wristband to work, you have to first swallow the medication, a pill made up of nanoparticles. The nanoparticles then circulate through the body and alert the wristband of any problems via a magnet that lights the wristband up.
To test out the magnet and the light, the researcher created prosthetic arms, but used human skin and synthetic materials that mimic skin. The project is still in its early stages, but Conrad hopes to have it completed in years, although these projects sometimes take decades.
“We’re making good progress but the journey is long and hard. So I think we will get there and I hope it’s years, not decades.”
Some people are questioning the strangeness of having to take a pill and wear a wristband. When Conrad heard about this, he simply said,
“It’s way weirder to have cancer cells floating through your body that are constantly trying to kill you.”
Researchers are currently testing the wristband on 175 healthy people who volunteered. Their physiological information is collected frequently.
A wristband that detects mesothelioma early can be a lifesaver for those who were exposed to mesothelioma. Asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma can lie dormant for up to 50 years without a single symptom. Once the symptoms appear, the latest stages of mesothelioma have generally already begun, making treat options more difficult. The sooner mesothelioma is diagnosed, the better the chances of successful treatment.
To make matters worse, mesothelioma symptoms mimic the same symptoms of having the flu or the common cold, and many people don’t seek treatment when the symptoms arrive, as they think it’s just a common ailment.
Mesothelioma still remains a rare form of cancer, even though around 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with the life-threatening disease each year. If you or a loved one think you’ve been exposed to asbestos, regardless of how long ago, it’s important to let your physician know as soon as possible. As mentioned, early detection gives you the best chance at getting successful treatment.
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