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University students build smart mat to help prevent amputations due to diabetes complications

from Tech Times

A major complication from diabetes is necrosis in the extremities. Basically, the poor circulation associated with diabetes can cause a bit of the human body to slowly die off. But a group of students hope to curb all that thanks to a temperature-sensing "smart mat" they have developed. The device comes courtesy of a senior design project from a group of four engineering students at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The purpose of the senior projects — of which the mat is only one — is to find theoretical solutions to very real problems. One of the students behind the mat, Jann Butler, has an aunt whose diabetes-related ulcers led to an amputation, and that's what spurred the team to work on diabetes. more

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