A man with a new idea is a crank…… until he succeeds.
September 23, 2010 4:37 PM Subscribe
A chair that can diagnose depression and bipolar disorder and calibrate medication. Solar paint that turns every surface into solar power collection material. A infinitely variable geared transmission that never loses the sweet spot. A tool for microscopes that can detect bacteria quickly and cheaply using flashed light. And a power plant the size of a room that can turn out 10kw power from low grade heat. These five inventions were finalists in the Australian science show The New Inventors. And the winner is...
Electrovestibulography (EVestG) is a new diagnostic tool/system which allows for a visualisation of the vestibular signal. As the vestibular system is sensitive to fluctuations in neurotransmitter levels, EVestG has shown potential to evaluate not only vestibular disorders (e.g. Meniere’s Disease and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) but a range of other neuropsychiatric disorders (including depression and bipolar disorder).
At this stage, EVestG biomarkers are being discovered / “mined” /calibrated from the brainwaves of people already diagnosed with mental or nerve conditions compared with age and gender match healthy controls. These biomarkers correlations have sensitivities and specificities of 90% with their primary diagnosis and are available within the 45 minutes it takes to process the signal through a computer. This time should be compared to the current time taken clinical diagnosis which can take over 5 years in many conditions; some such as Alzheimer’s can only be diagnosed post mortem.
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