Advancing Urinary Health Monitoring: fact-based nutrition for infants and lactating mothers

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Migliorelli, Davide
Julia, Kuligowski
Human milk is the ideal source of nutrition for newborns. It is well-known that many factors influence the composition of human milk, and hence, we designed and performed a longitudinal study involving mother-infant dyads of term and preterm infants receiving own mother’s milk (OMM) as well as preterm infants receiving donor human milk (DHM). Clinical and environmental information and questionnaires on nutrition as well as biological samples were collected from mothers and infants with the aim of studying which factors have a significant impact on the composition of human milk and how this, in turn, affects outcomes of preterm infants. The study also involved the development of portable sensor devices, including a pH sensor for urine. The screen-printed based pH sensor, together with a 6 channels electrochemical reader and a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI), was developed and then validated in both laboratory and relevant operating environment conditions. Modern healthcare requires the creation of point-of-care technologies for personalised medicine. These tools change how we manage health by enabling quick, on-the-spot diagnostic testing and therapy personalization. Point-of-care devices give healthcare personnel immediate access to vital information, enabling them to make decisions in real time that result in more accurate and efficient treatments. This method is particularly important for the treatment of cancer, monitoring infectious diseases, and controlling chronic disorders. It increases patient involvement and adherence to treatment approaches by empowering people to actively participate in their healthcare decisions. Additionally, by lowering the need for costly laboratory testing, hospital visits, and related expenses, these technologies streamline healthcare.
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