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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

OSU Research Team Developing Garment to Monitor Vital Signs

Dr. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, left, and Dr. Brek Wilkins, adjust a prototype of the Health Smart Garment on patient model Woranat Wongdhamma, graduate student in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.An Oklahoma State University research team is working together to create a wearable garment that could revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of common cardiac and respiratory diseases and disorders.

“One of the greatest challenges we face in the battle against cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and disorders is identifying at-risk people early so they can begin treatment,” said Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost for graduate studies and associate dean for biomedical sciences at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. “This garment will offer physicians a more accurate picture of a patient’s health and allow for more accurate and earlier diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.”

The project, called Health Smart Garment technology, will integrate electrodes into a comfortable garment that can be worn by a patient outside of their physician’s office. The garment could aid in the treatment of cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure, and respiratory diseases and disorders such as sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The team, including biomedical researchers, industrial engineers, textile scientists and business consultants from OSU-CHS, OSU-Tulsa and OSU Stillwater, is addressing everything from functionality to comfort in their design of the garment.

Read the full story on the OSU Center for Health Sciences website.

Biomedical Ethics Seminar Examines Faith, Morals in Clinical Practice

The OSU Center for Health Sciences will host a Biomedical Ethics Seminar examining the place morals and faith have in a clinical practice on Monday at noon in Dunlap Auditorium.

“The Role of Morals and Faith in Clinical Practice” will be facilitated by Scott Gelfand, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of philosophy and director of The Ethics Center at OSU-Stillwater, and Curtis Harris, M.D., J.D., chief of endocrinology for the Chickasaw Nation, clinical adjunct assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU-CHS and a member of the Medical Malpractice Survival Handbook Editorial Committee.

Lunch will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own drinks.

Free flu shots available at OSU in Tulsa Health Fair

Students, faculty and staff from OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences will have the opportunity to get a free flu shot during the OSU in Tulsa Health Fair on Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. in the Main Hall Commons.

To receive a flu shot, be sure to bring a copy of your OSU ID or Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance card. Supplies are limited so you’re encouraged to come early.

While you’re getting a flu shot, you can also get a cholesterol screening, audiology screening, fitness assessment and information on health and fitness, OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center services and Counseling Center services. You can also pick up a healthy snack pack and a fruit smoothie.

Participants will be able to register for door prizes, including three Polar FT1 heart rate monitors, four $25 Visa gift cards, two pairs of OSU men’s basketball tickets and OSU gear.