Wearable helps relieve menopausal hot flushes
For women going through the menopause, the term ‘hot flush’ doesn’t really cover it. Sweating, rising heart rate, shortness of breath and reddening of the skin. Those are just some of the discomforts. Not to mention the fatigue caused by interrupted sleep. But now, wearable technology may be able to offer some relief.
Grace, a wrist-worn device in early development at Loughborough University, is designed to predict and relieve menopausal hot flushes. Three sensors in the wristband can detect the onset of a hot flush around one minute before the user is even aware of it. A thermoelectric chip then delivers an intense cooling sensation to the wrist that stimulates the body’s own reaction in opposition to the rising temperature.
Grace is a significant improvement over conventional drug-based treatments, which can have unpleasant side effects, or manual devices that can only be used after the hot flush has taken hold.
How cool is that?