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Life Sciences

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As DNA code meets computer code, technology is revolutionising healthcare and life sciences. The UK is in the vanguard of this new era, with its top-calibre institutional research, tried and tested supply-chain effectiveness, cutting-edge digital tools and equipment, and world-class biotech companies.

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With adeptness in transformative areas such as medtech, digital health and bioinformatics, UK companies are producing next generation healthcare and life sciences goods and services. These include wellness-improving wearable technologies, and platforms which combine supercomputing heft with British skills and ingenuity to turbo-streamline pharmaceutical R&D processes, bringing needed medicines to market faster.

The simple scientific principle behind it is that weight gain and loss are controlled by the brain.

Care-able Tech for Weight Management

'Care-able' tech for Weight Management

Wearable tech is poised to revolutionise healthcare. But, according to Belfast medical technology startup Neurovalens, its so-called Careable Tech™ is part of the innovative trend’s next wave.

The Modius headset, its debut product, actually impacts wearers. It promises to help users non-invasively shed body fat when worn for just one hour a day.

The simple scientific principle behind it is that weight gain and loss are controlled by the brain. As such, the headset stimulates the vestibular nerve behind the ear, close to the skin’s surface — sending a signal to the weight and appetite-overseeing hypothalamus. When used properly the result is a leaner physique.

Tests and Trials

“I’ve been overweight in the past and I know how difficult it is to lose weight,” says Dr. McKeown. He tested the Modius prototypes on himself and saw a reduction in his body fat by 44% within 12 months – a benchmark he managed to maintain even a year on.

Further, Modius has been trialled on overweight adults. Study volunteers wore the headsets for up to three hours a week. They experienced a decrease in appetite and their metabolism shifted in favour of fat burning.

All subjects lost body fat after four months — with some shedding 16%. While Neurovalens’ founders suggest a reasonably healthy lifestyle and eating habits while using the device for best results, they view the findings as very promising.

All subjects lost body fat after four months — with some shedding 16%.
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