Mon. Oct 18th, 2021
UTA Scientists Patent Novel Smart Seat Cushion Technology Preventing Agonizing Ulcers

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) announced that they have acquired a patent for the advanced smart seat cushion. The latest smart seat cushion employs alterations in the air pressure for the redistribution of body weight. It assists in the prevention of painful ulcers that are caused because of sitting in a wheelchair for a long time.

Muthu Wijesundara, Chief Research Scientist, UTA, stated that sitting on the wheelchairs for long periods leads to pressure ulcers. In these conditions, there is no relieving pressure in boney areas such as the tailbone. He added that individuals spending the majority of time on wheelchairs frequently face this problem. Wijesundara added that the latest technology is useful in improving the present solutions. It offers real-time pressure supervision and automatic pressure modulation facilities. He stated that the latest technology assists in combating the development of pressure ulcers or sores.

On a similar note, Australian scientists announced that they have achieved a major advancement in their research. They stated that they have successfully identified the composition of the tear film, which helps in the protection of the eyes. Scientists proclaimed that the latest invention will lead to more impactful treatment methods in the dry eye diseases. The latest venture was carried out in partnership with researchers at the University Of Wollongong, Queensland University of Technology, and the University of New South Wales. Outcomes of this research are available in the Journal of Lipid Research.

The exterior part of the eye is enclosed with an oily film. It helps in slowing down the evaporation process of the underlying water layer and prevents the eye from drying. The contents of this oil layer are a compound combination of hundreds of unique waxes and oils (known as lipids). Scientists have been attempting to find out the exact composition of these lipids from over 40 Years. This research would help them in understanding the working process of the tear film lipid layer in the prevention of evaporation, whilst still supplying a smooth surface to facilitate a clear vision.

By Carrie Adams

Carrie Adams is journalism graduate from New Mexico State University.  She’s based in T or C but grew up in New Jersey. After graduating school, Carrie couldn’t dream of going back to the New Jersey winters. Carrie has written for NPR, TODAY and the Huffington Post. Carrie is a health and science reporter, focusing issues affecting families.

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