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    Imagine a Future Where Your Toilet Diagnoses Celiac and Other Diseases

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      Turns out you bum hole is every bit as unique as your fingerprint, which means it can be used to identify any given user.

    Imagine a toilet that could diagnose celiac disease. Image: CC BY 4.0--Xill
    Caption: Imagine a toilet that could diagnose celiac disease. Image: CC BY 4.0--Xill

    Celiac.com 04/24/2020 - We've all heard of smart phones and smart TVs, but what about smart toilets? You heard right. In the near future, a simple trip to the bathroom might provide a medical diagnosis for celiac or numerous other diseases and medical conditions.

    Researchers at Stanford University have created a toilet attachment that can analyze urine and feces for common diseases and medical conditions, such as celiac disease, and irritable bowel syndrome, among others. 

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    The sensor attaches to the inside of the toilet bowl, records samples, and analyzes the results using complex software. Results are then stored in the cloud for doctors to review.

    Aside from taking readings to diagnose disease, the toilet works exactly the same as any other toilet, which is part of the plan. “The user doesn’t have to do anything differently,” said lead author Sanjiv Gambhir. 

    Since everyone uses the bathroom, the smart toilet offers clinicians a reliable way to collect patient data, which unlike  wearable technology, cannot be forgotten. 

    The smart toilet won't be taking the place of a doctor, nor will it be providing diagnosis directly to the patient. "In fact, in many cases," says Gambhir, "the toilet won’t ever report data to the individual user.”

    Turns out you bum hole is every bit as unique as your fingerprint, which means it can be used to identify any given user. In the same way a smartphone can identify users with fingerprints or facial scans, the smart toilet can do the same with an anal print. The reason for this is that more and more toilets are hands-free, so making sure the data is properly recorded for each user becomes an issue. With anal recognition technology, the smart toilet can identify each user with complete accuracy.

    You won't find the smart toilet online just yet. The device is currently only for use on test subjects at Stanford. The development team is still working to accurately improve the toilet, and they are working to develop modules that detect symptoms and illnesses like dehydration, enlarged prostate, including "cancers and COVID-19," says senior researcher Seung-min Park 

    Read more at Medgadget.com

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    I am celiac and was previously diagnosed with irritable bowel.. it would be interesting to see if irritable bowel was indeed true!

    Also, this would be great in a MD office for urines for those who need to provide urines who are dishonest! The epidemic with drug use needs to end.

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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.

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