Sweating The Small Stuff: Smartwatch Developed At UCLA Measures Key Stress Hormone

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A new smartwatch developed at the University of California, Los Angeles has the potential to finally make cortisol a useful measure of personal health by tracking it. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the body in response to stress. The problem with measuring cortisol is that a single measurement is relatively useless because some people already have heightened levels of the hormone due to psychiatric disorders. However, continuously tracking cortisol levels makes it more useful because doctors can detect spikes in cortisol that might be indicative of disease. Read full article here

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