In this medical video learn how high-tech health care isn't just for hospitals. For some of the most innovative advances soon to come, check your bathroom.
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Jennifer Mathews: It looks like any old bathroom cabinet, but this one has a brain. Female Speaker: Good morning. I have an allergy alert for you. Jennifer Mathews: Researcher Dadong Wan has merged high-tech innovation with the age-old medicine cabinets. Dadong Wan: The future of health care is all about bringing care to people. Jennifer Mathews: This cabinet of the future knows who you are as soon as you step in front of its camera. Dadong Wan: After it recognizes me, it shows a list of health concerns I need to pay attention to. Jennifer Mathews: Got allergies? Your cabinet alerts you to pollen counts in your area. Dadong Wan: It's all about having the system do the job for you, and require very minimal amount of effort on your part. Jennifer Mathews: Radio frequency identification tabs on prescription bottles prevent you from taking the wrong drug at the wrong time. Female Speaker: Wan, you are looking at Minidiab instead of Claritin. Great, now take one tablet of this medicine. Jennifer Mathews: The cabinet also monitors weight, body fat, heart rate, cholesterol, blood pressure, and tracks trends. Female Speaker: Your blood pressure is a bit high. Jennifer Mathews: What goes inside your medicine cabinet is also changing. Dr. Jeffrey Hillman says, we'll soon be using probiotic mouthwash. Jeffrey Hillman: Probiotics’s daily or frequent administration of certain live bacteria that confer a healthful effect. Jennifer Mathews: The mouthwash contains three strains of good bacteria. A daily rinse combats bad bacteria in your mouth. Jeffrey Hillman: The combination of these three strains address the two biggest problems in oral health, which is gum disease and tooth decay. Jennifer Mathews: A twist on another cabinet staple will change the way cuts heal: A high-tech bandage. Gary Bowlin: It's basically like taking a high concentration of a natural component and inserting it right into the wound site, so it would quote, be an instant clot, or clot on the spot. Jennifer Mathews: That natural component is a blood-clotting protein called fibrinogen. Gary Bowlin: It can be rolled up like cotton gauze and treated like cotton gauze. Now, it's just more effective in stopping bleeding. Jennifer Mathews: And it actually dissolves into your skin. Another example of technology pushing beyond what we thought was possible. Female Speaker: Your pulse rate is 75 per minute. Jennifer Mathews: This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.