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2020 30 Under 30: Healthcare
Anemia impacts over a billion people on the planet, but people don’t always know they have it. That’s where Sanguina steps in.
An App + Your Fingernail = Anemia Screening
Checking for low hemoglobin in the blood — otherwise known as anemia — usually means drawing blood for testing. But scientists say they’ve developed a wireless smartphone app that does the same by “reading” a quick photo of your fingernail.
Watch: Have anemia? Now there's an app for that!
Dan and Stephanie Schutts’ 2-year old, Bennett, ended up in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently when his iron levels dropped dangerously low. He’s one of 3 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with anemia each year.
Anemia is the most common blood disorder, affecting an estimated 2 billion people who lack enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. It’s usually diagnosed by blood tests, but a new smartphone app can provide a diagnosis just from a photo of people’s fingernails, according to a new paper in Nature Communications.
No bleeding required: Anemia detection via smartphone
Biomedical engineers have developed a smartphone app for the non-invasive detection of anemia.
Watch: How a Smartphone Can Detect a Disease That Kills Thousands
Anemia affects up to ⅓ of the world’s population, but tests are expensive and require complicated devices. Now, an app is able to screen for anemia without even drawing blood. It’s the brainchild of Rob Mannino, a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology who has anemia himself.
Smartphone app could screen for anemia
For people with chronic anemia who want to monitor their condition or those who just suspect they might be anemic, a fast answer could soon come from a smartphone selfie – of their fingernails, researchers say.