Project Taycay

Project Taycay is an initiative of  Quahog Prudent Labs, which aims to monitor and measure body functions regularly so as to keep the user notified of ab-normalization in body functions.

Most cases today is that, patients visit doctors only after a certain symptom bothers them and in so many cases, the patients have seen the doctor at a very critical stage. Keeping  a regular monitor and control of the body functions will help in quickly understanding  the changes in body functions and addressing them instantly

Quahog Prudent range of products aims to build devices for users which can help them monitor their body functions regularly using blood, urine and saliva

Project Taycay initiative was to build a device where you can insert urine test strips and get updates on body conditions, that is analyzed using urine samples. The device would then notify results on abnormalities to the user backed by recommendation

On a high level, the user can stay aware of abnormalities in urinary systems, kidney functions, liver and pancreatic functions, bacterial infections, Acidosis/Sepsis, Advanced kidney, bladder or prostate cancer, nutrition conditions, dehydration and more

The diagram below shows how it works

Urine tests

1. The Gaff is a portable case, which has two cylinders. The inner cylinder which slides out is used to collect urine. Once collected, you can push it in for analysis

2. A outer cylinder opens to a tray to place the test strips like UrinCheck or something. Based on triggers, a strip is planted into the urine collection based on internal settings to achieve the results

3. When done, the embedded camera takes a picture of the report and sends it to mobile application

4. The mobile application analyses the image received against the result library and reports for abnormalities

Knowing your body well is the only way to extend your life which requires regular monitoring and analysis and to staying aware on a periodic basis.

You can read through the possibility of awareness these tests can give you by just keeping tab on your urine (gathered from the web)

  • It checks for Leukocytes and alerts if you have an urinary tract infection
  • It checks for nitrites and alerts if there are any bacterial infection or even urinary tract infection
  • Checks for Urobilinogen and alerts if abnormal values. Increased values can indicate any of the following conditions: Overburdening of the liver, Excessive RBC breakdown, Increased urobilinogen production, Restricted liver function, Poisoning, Liver Cirrhosis. Lower values can indicate failure or obstruction in bile functions
  • Checks for Proteins and alerts for Amyloidosis, Bladder tumor, Congestive heart failure, Dehydration, Diabetic nephropathy, Glomerulonephritis, Goodpasture syndrome, Heavy metal poisoning, Lupus erythematosus, Malignant hypertension, Multiple myeloma, Nephrotic syndrome, Damage to the kidneys from certain drugs (nephrotoxic drugs), Polycystic kidney disease, Preeclampsia, Urinary tract infection
  • Checks for PH results and alerts for
    A high urine pH which may be indicators to Gastric suction, Kidney failure, Kidney tubular acidosis, Urinary tract, infection, Vomiting
    A low urine pH  may be indicators to Diabetic ketoacidosis, Diarrhea, Starvation,
    The test may also be performed to investigate Alkalosis, Interstitial nephritis, Acidosis, Sepsis
  • Checks for Glucose and alerts for Diabetes, Renal glycosuria and even pregnancy
  • Bilirubin check will alert for Biliary strictures, Cirrhosis, Gallstones in the biliary tract, Hepatitis, Injury from surgery that affects the biliary tract, Tumors of the liver or gallbladder
  • It checks for ketone results and notify if abnormal for anorexia, fasting, High protein or low carbohydrate diets, Starvation, Disorders of increased metabolism, Acute or severe illness, Burns, Fever, Hyperthyroidism, Nursing a baby (lactation), Postsurgical condition, Pregnancy, Metabolic abnormalities, including uncontrolled diabetes or glycogen storage disease, Vomiting frequently over a long period of time
  • Hematuria check — It takes very little blood to produce red urine, and the bleeding usually isn’t painful. If you’re also passing blood clots in your urine, that can be painful. A lot of times, though, bloody urine occurs without other signs or symptoms.
    In many cases, you can have blood in your urine that’s visible only under a microscope (microscopic hematuria).
    In hematuria, your kidneys — or other parts of your urinary tract — allow blood cells to leak into urine. A number of problems can cause this leakage, including:

    • Urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections are particularly common in women, though men also get them. They may occur when bacteria enter your body through the urethra and begin to multiply in your bladder. The infections sometimes, though not always, develop after sexual activity. Symptoms can include a persistent urge to urinate, pain and burning with urination, and extremely strong-smelling urine. For some people, especially older adults, the only sign of illness may be microscopic blood.
      • Kidney infections. Kidney infections (pyelonephritis) can occur when bacteria enter your kidneys from your bloodstream or move up from your ureters to your kidney(s). Signs and symptoms are often similar to bladder infections, though kidney infections are more likely to cause fever and flank pain.
      • A bladder or kidney stone. The minerals in concentrated urine sometimes precipitate out, forming crystals on the walls of your kidneys or bladder. Over time, the crystals can become small, hard stones. The stones are generally painless, and you probably won’t know you have them unless they cause a blockage or are being passed. Then, there’s usually no mistaking the symptoms — kidney stones, especially, can cause excruciating pain. Bladder or kidney stones can also cause both gross and microscopic bleeding.
      • Enlarged prostate. The prostate gland — located just below the bladder and surrounding the top part of the urethra — often begins growing as men approach middle age. When the gland enlarges, it compresses the urethra, partially blocking urine flow. Signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH) include difficulty urinating, an urgent or persistent need to urinate, and either gross or microscopic bleeding. Infection of the prostate (prostatitis) can cause the same signs and symptoms.
      • Kidney disease. Microscopic urinary bleeding is a common symptom of glomerulonephritis, which causes inflammation of the kidneys’ filtering system. Glomerulonephritis may be part of a systemic disease, such as diabetes, or it can occur on its own. It can be triggered by viral or strep infections, blood vessel diseases (vasculitis), and immune problems such as IgA nephropathy, which affects the small capillaries that filter blood in the kidneys (glomeruli).
      • Cancer. Visible urinary bleeding may be a sign of advanced kidney, bladder or prostate cancer. Unfortunately, you may not have signs or symptoms in the early stages, when these cancers are more treatable.
      • Inherited disorders. Sickle cell anemia — a chronic shortage of red blood cells — can be the cause of blood in urine, both gross and microscopic hematuria. So can Alport syndrome, which affects the filtering membranes in the glomeruli of the kidneys.
      • Kidney injury. A blow or other injury to your kidneys from an accident or contact sports can cause blood in your urine that you can see.
      • Medications. Common drugs that can cause visible urinary blood include aspirin, penicillin, the blood thinner heparin and the anti-cancer drug cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan).
      • Strenuous exercise. It’s not quite clear why exercise causes gross hematuria. It may be trauma to the bladder, dehydration or the breakdown of red blood cells that occurs with sustained aerobic exercise. Runners are most often affected, although almost any athlete can develop visible urinary bleeding after an intense workout.
  • Specific Gravity checks for Normal values are between 1.020 to 1.028 and if abnormal, it can hint at
    • Increased urine specific gravity may be due to:Addison’s disease (rare), Dehydration, Diarrhea that causes dehydration, Glucosuria, Heart failure (related to decreased blood flow to the kidneys), Renal arterial stenosis, Shock,Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH)
    • Decreased urine specific gravity may be due to:Aldosteronism (very rare),Excessive fluid intake, Diabetes insipidus – central, Diabetes insipidus – nephrogenic, Renal failure, Renal tubular necrosis, Severe kidney infection (pyelonephritis)
    • Additional conditions under which the test may be performed:Complicated UTI (pyelonephritis), High blood sodium level, Low blood sodium level, Excessive urination

 

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