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University Researchers Use Biozoom Scanner To Investigate Relationship Between Stress And Work
Date:6/17/2013

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Biozoom (OTC QB: BIZM) scanner is the world's first portable, hand held device for the non-invasive transdermal analysis of antioxidants and other biomarkers in the human body. It replaces expensive, time consuming and invasive blood tests. At the a click of a button, the Biozoom scanner reflects a beam of light off the skin—using state-of-the-art optics developed with Carl Zeiss—and measures the reflection. Using the scanner, researchers from Charite Berlin one of Europe's largest and most respected university hospitals--joined researchers from the University of Rostock to investigate a pressing health issue facing the developed world: workplace stress. The Biozoom scanner was used to measure antioxidants in the skin of midwives, a group selected because of their nighttime shift work, a reported cause of stress for many.

"The Biozoom scanner was ideal for this application," said Dr. Jurgen Lademann, Director of Charite's Center of Experimental and Applied Cutaneous Physiology, "because it is portable, non-invasive and highly accurate, returning results instantly. Using it, we have been able to investigate the changing antioxidative status of human skin more easily."

The concentration of antioxidants in human skin has been shown to be linked to an individual's nutritional habits, as well as by stressors such as shift work. Because midwives' schedules are unpredictable and often require midnight shifts, the workers' circadian rhythms and melatonin secretion are disturbed. According to Charite, this type of schedule is associated with insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders and a 40% higher risk of developing coronary heart diseases.

Seven midwives' took part in the study. The results showed a correlation between stress intensity and a declin
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