Source: jconline.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 1/16/2018 –
Purdue researchers discovered a way to improve early-stage detection for concussions as well as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Purdue engineering professors Jeffrey Rhoads, George Chui and Eric Nauman are part of a research team that created vibrating sensors that can detect a countless number of diseases and infections by using a drop or two of blood.
“We’re trying to come up with a diagnostic tool … that allows you to use less fluid,” Rhoads said.
One of the ways the sensors can be used is by detecting concussions in athletes.
The goal of the vibrating sensors is to detect changes in mass, Rhoads said.
A person who experiences a traumatic brain injury would show higher levels of protein in cerebrospinal fluid, which, according to a Purdue news release, prior studies show that the fluid can leak and get into the bloodstream.