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What To Expect From Sequencing Your Microbiome? – Video

Since 1997, I’ve been quantifying myself. The reason was living a healthy life for which I needed data. I’ve had genomic tests, used health wearables, the data they provided me with, I even thought about what could come after the so-called wearables revolution.

Getting my microbiome sequenced was just another step forward. Another attempt at learning more about my health and my body. I chose uBiome as I have been following them for at least a year. The microbiome is the colonies of bacteria living in our digestive system. They influence how we eat, digest, sleep or what mood we have. Knowing more about those cc. 8 kilograms of microorganisms could yield important pieces of information.


I ordered the test, received the sampling tube, provided a tiny sample of my feces and shipped it back. Three weeks later, the results arrived in my account.

Here is the overall structure of my microbiome:


I can compare my results to those of vegetarians, men, women, athletes, heavy drinkers and more.


They tell me the types of bacteria I have, the most unique ones and the most enriched or depleted ones too compared to the results of people of my age, gender and lifestyle habits (I had to fill in a very long survey about that).


The results didn’t change my lifestyle as there was no reason for that. My microbiome is similar to that of omnivore men. I must keep on living a healthy life. But learning more about my body and health certainly made a big impact on my life. Measuring health is purely freedom and I’m enjoying it from my home.

Here is the experience on video:

3D Printing Casts

I met Scott Summit of 3DSystems in Dubai a few weeks ago and I took this photo of his cast there. The patient wearing such a 3D printed and thus customized cast can open and close it in seconds. They can have a shower with the cast on. The list of advantages could go on. He said the overall cost was around 50 USD.

This is how a truly disruptive technology can change the lives of patients. A Spanish company is already working on making this a common possibility.


The Top List Of Video Top Lists: The Medical Futurist Youtube Channel

I’ve been publishing videos on the Medical Futurist Youtube channel for months and I have received plenty of messages about what top lists I liked to create the most. Here they are, I hope you will enjoy watching them.


Five Videos About Health Wearables

Here are 5 videos from the Medical Futurist Youtube channel about how to use health wearables at home. I hope you will enjoy watching them.

The FDA Just Approved The First 3D Printed Drug

In The Guide to the Future of Medicine, I wrote about Lee Cronin and his group as they have been working on methods to print out drugs.

Lee Cronin, a chemist at the University of Glasgow, wants to do for the discovery and distribution of prescription drugs what Apple did for music. In a TED talk he described a prototype 3D printer capable of assembling chemical compounds at the molecular level. Patients would go to an online drugstore with their digital prescription, buy the blueprint and the chemical ink needed, and then print the drug at home. In the future he said we might sell not drugs but rather blueprints or apps. While this could make prescription drug distribution more efficient, a danger is that unscrupulous people will steal the designs and raw supplies in order to print out whatever drugs they want at home. This could become a regulatory nightmare, far worse than printing out guns. It will also restructure the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology as we know it.

It sounded like science fiction but today it doesn’t seem so any more. The FDA just approved an epilepsy drug called Spritam that is made by 3D printers. It prints out the powdered drug layer by layer to make it dissolve faster than average pills.

This could prove to be an important step for integrating 3D printing more deeply into the US health system. Doctors in the US already use a government-sponsored 3D-printing repository to share tool designs to aid in surgeries and treatments; now scientists are working on 3D-printed tracheas and bones, as well as ears, kidneys and skin—which could one day help cover the massive shortage in donor organs.

While the quick-dissolving Spritam tablet is a world away from 3D-printed organs and body parts, its approval shows that the FDA thinks certain 3D-printed materials are safe for human consumption.

It was shown before how the technology could be used to print out drugs (with theophylline) but an FDA approval is a huge step forward.

I told you that soon the issue is going to be the overuse and not whether people get access to the right medications. We need to initiate public discussions about 3D printed drugs now.

5 Reasons Why Humans Is The Best TV Show About The Future of Robot Companions

I love all the branches of science fiction either in books or movies but the favorite kind is when authors and creators depict the future of our lives. We might soon live with robot companions that possess artificial intelligence and they could change how healthcare is delivered too. So far, the 2012 movie Robot & Frank has seemed to be the best example, but now I have a new favorite, Humans. It premiered on Channel 4 and AMC this June and has been receiving positive reviews.

Here is the plot summary:

In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live.


I think there are five reasons why it might be the best TV series ever about our future robot companions.

1) It’s more about characters than science fiction.

When you start using a futuristic device at your home, it gets incorporated into everyday life instead of the technological backround playing the most important role. In this show, characters are better described than the actual technology behind the robot companions. What matters is how we will live with them, not how they will function.

2) These companions are on the verge of becoming conscious.

They possess artificial intelligence, but the desired friendly kind. This is the kind many scientists think we wouldn’t be able to create. The main plot of the show is about a few robots becoming conscious. And this is a crucial issue regarding the future of humanity.

3) There are companions designed for taking care of the elderly.

Some robots are depicted as healthcare professionals that can take care of the elderly at their homes. They have pre-programmed protocols and were designed to make sure those people live a healthy life and get help in emergency.

4) Companions can measure any parameters at home.

It’s not even too futuristic, but those robots can measure any health parameters and vital signs by looking at the patient or touching them for a second. They have all the medical records of the patient and keep the information private.

5) Companions have sexual features too.

Those who think users will not have sexual fantasies about robots that look perfectly like a human are wrong. In the show, this delicate issue is handled properly and honestly. The robots have a special +18 code with which some additional features can be unlocked.

Beautiful scenes, good plot and actors who play robots in a perfect way. Don’t miss it.

Check out the trailer:

Health Trackers Are Changing The Experience of Pregnancy

The revolution of health tracking is getting closer to pregnancy with every new device or gadget that is designed to help expectant mothers measure health parameters about themselves or their babies. With my wife, we are looking forward to having kids as soon as possible and I won’t be able to resist the temptation to measure the baby’s health just like I have been measuring my own for over a decade.

Here are a few innovations and others that are not even available yet that might help others too.

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Wearables during pregnancy

Pregsense (coming soon) provides information during the pregnancy, monitors the fetus’ health and sends the activity to the mother to a smartphone.


Ritmo Pregnancy provides expectant families with a simple way to safely and effectively deliver sounds.


Sound Beginnings‘ high quality speakers are designed to keep the volume to a level that is safe for baby.


Lullabelly is a prenatal music belt that can be used whether the expectant mother is on the go or just relaxing at home. It has a patented hands-free design and is easy to use and safe for the baby.


Bellybuds are also used to deliver special music to the fetus through the belly belt with high quality speakers.


MyHealth Bee offers a whole range of devices categorizes by trimesters.

Guardians and baby monitors

BleepBleeps plans to create a whole range of devices for ovulation testing, baby monitoring, a motion alarm, an ultrasound scanner, and even a digital thermometer to use at home.


iBabyGuard has an award winner baby sleep monitor.


Teddy The Guardian is the first smart teddy on the market; a personal guard equipped with sensors that monitor the baby’s well-being.


Smart scales

There are also smart scales for pregnant mothers like Qardio that offers a way of tracking health and it’s clinically validated as a device.


Another examples is the smart body analyzer from Withings.


Trackers for the newborn

MySensibleBaby can monitor the child’s position, temperature, and even the movements


Owlet Care designed smart socks that alert mothers if the baby stops breathing.


Sproutling is also a baby monitor.


Pixie Scientific is an affordable and disposable diaper that lets pregnant mothers and even pediatricians monitor the child’s health.


Watch this video to get a quick summary of these examples and please let me know if you come across others.


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