WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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behaviors affected their illness. "Theoretically, if we could get everybody with early Type II diabetes to change their behavior — largely through exercise and diet — we could significantly change the course of that dis- ease," he said. Four other groups, including a cardiac team from Stanford, tailored the app to study their specialties. "I think collectively all five sites had 150,000 individuals sign up in a matter of weeks," said Ausiello, adding that to recruit just a fraction of that number for a traditional clinical trial can take months, if not years. Technology is in the works to make measurements passive and less intrusive, such as the continuous glucose monitors available to diabetes patients. Implantable devices could track hormonal and other biologi- cal changes. "Maybe we'll be able to take pictures of meals in a much more sophisticated way to understand not only the total calories that are being taken in, but the importance and quality of each food group," Ausiello said, imagining people whipping out their smartphones at breakfast. "Click." CATCH is working with MIT engineers to find unobtrusive ways to use the family car to collect data. "You can measure an EKG with the steering wheel — that's been developed by MIT," Ausiello said. "Sitting in a chair, I can measure my weight, my distribution, my movements. I can probably measure force by braking. I can measure my eye movements, my alertness." Your daily commute could provide doctors with a wealth of data that one day could reveal the early signs of arthritis, muscle disorders, per- haps even dementia. * * * Ausiello's fascination with numbers goes back to his childhood in Revere, where he grew up the only child of first-generation Italian Americans. Recognizing his talent for figures, the local high school placed him in an an interview with dr. dennis a. ausiello 72 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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