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'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

Do Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

September 17, 2014 11:48 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily...

A New Sensor Development Could Aid Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:44 am | by A.J. Watts, ECN Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a...

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Doctors Launch Initiative to Bridge Gap Between Wearables and Meaningful Health Data

September 17, 2014 9:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Wearable sports and activity trackers will become a $1.4 billion industry in less than two years, producing a massive amount of user activity data along the way. A huge opportunity exists for leveraging this data to create meaningful healthcare...

First Oxford India Lecture Highlights Role of ‘Smart Health’

September 16, 2014 12:06 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Solving the large challenges facing healthcare systems around the world will require a huge shift in the way care for patients is provided, Professor Robyn Norton said in the first Oxford India Lecture on Monday 15 September. Professor...

Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices

September 16, 2014 11:43 am | by ECN Magazine | Videos | Comments

Panelists for this discussion include Satya Dixit, Senior Director with Rohm Semiconductor; Narbeh Derhacobian, Co-founder, President, and CEO of Adesto Technologies; Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions with Logic PD; Robert...

AMA Calls for Design Overhaul of Electronic Health Records to Improve Usability

September 16, 2014 11:31 am | by American Medical Association | News | Comments

Building on its landmark study with RAND Corp. confirming that discontent with electronic health records (EHRs) is taking a significant toll on physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA) today called for solutions to EHR systems...

Personal KinetiGraph for Assessment of Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

September 16, 2014 10:33 am | by Global Kinetics Corporation | News | Comments

Global Kinetics Corporation, a leading mobile health technologies company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the marketing of the company's Personal KinetiGraph (PKG) technology designed to improve the...

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Medtronic Launches SEEQ Wearable Cardiac Monitoring System in United States

September 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. launch of the SEEQ Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) System, an external, wire-free, adhesive heart monitor that can be worn for up to 30 days to help detect and diagnose the cause of irregular heartbeats in...

Sepsis Kills Over 6,000,000 Children in Developing World: App-Device Could Help Save Them

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by LionsGate Technologies | News | Comments

Saving lives in the developing world is why Dr. Ansermino and his colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine research group developed the Phone Oximeter pulse oximeter, a sensor...

Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language

September 11, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many...

Apple Watch an Underwhelming Offering for Mobile Healthcare

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The Apple Watch is a robust offering for health and fitness enthusiasts, as it tracks steps, heart rate and calories while allowing users to set fitness goals. However, Apple’s health and fitness trackers are largely dependent on the iPhone’s...

New Evidence Points to Outcomes and Cost Benefits of Telemedicine in Managing Chronic Diseases

September 10, 2014 11:05 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

Congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are three of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The use of telemedicine to help manage chronic diseases such as these can yield clear benefits including...

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Smartphones May Aid in Dietary Self-Monitoring

September 10, 2014 10:06 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. With that in mind, researchers from Arizona State University examined how smartphone use affected weight loss goals and determined...

No Need to Leave Home: Tele-medical Assistance for People with Mobility Problems

September 9, 2014 9:53 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Yadira Alatriste, researcher at the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico (UAM) designed a remote medical care system that supports the rehabilitation of people with spasticity, an alteration of the nervous system related to increased...

Why Apple’s iWatch Won't Move the Needle on Lowering Healthcare Costs in the U.S.

September 9, 2014 9:35 am | by Greg Caressi, Senior Vice President of Healthcare & Life Sciences, Frost & Sullivan | Blogs | Comments

While the industry will be talking, writing and forecasting the impact of Apple's upcoming iWatch release on the healthcare industry, the reality is the iWatch won't move the needle on lowering healthcare costs in the U.S. Why not? There are...

Google Glass Could Detect, Diagnose Emotion

September 9, 2014 9:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Well, there you go. Google Glass is more than just an ostentatious gadget for filming things, augmented reality, and generally freaking everyone out within a 50-yard radius. Actually, medical applications like BioGlass could finally move...

Canada Funds 22 Inventive Ideas for Better Health in Developing Nations

September 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in seed funds shared between 22 projects from Canada and nine developing nations, to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource...

Spirometry Module Added to Connectivity-Ready Electrocardiograph Device

September 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, today announced the availability of an optional spirometry module for its Welch Allyn CP 150 Electrocardiograph (ECG). Now available...

Wearable Fall Detector Without A Button

September 4, 2014 10:39 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Researchers from the Technical Research Centre for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living (CETpD), on the UPC’s Vilanova i la Geltrú Campus, have designed a device that detects falls in elderly people without them having to press a button...

Photos of the Day: 12 Ways to Put Patients First

September 4, 2014 10:27 am | by Innovation HealthJam | News | Comments

The Innovation HealthJam brought together more than 2,400 individuals from the healthcare and technology fields to brainstorm ideas, improvements and innovation in healthcare. ‘Jammers’ were active in eight discussion forums via 3,300...

Photos of the Day: Innovation HealthJam

September 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Innovation HealthJam | News | Comments

The Innovation HealthJam brought together more than 2,400 individuals from the healthcare and technology fields to brainstorm ideas, improvements and innovation in healthcare. ‘Jammers’ were active in eight discussion forums via 3,300...

Vital Connect HealthPatch MD Biosensor Receives FDA Clearance for Monitoring Patients at Home

September 4, 2014 9:27 am | by Vital Connect | News | Comments

Vital Connect announced today that it received FDA clearance for use of its HealthPatch MD biosensor for monitoring patients in their homes. As an industry pioneer of wearable biosensor technology, Vital Connect enables medical professionals...

Keeping Pace: A Continuous Improvement Process

September 4, 2014 8:30 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Medical/Life Sciences, Logic PD | Blogs | Comments

I believe it is important that the FDA continuously revisit their decision regarding medical device apps. As of 2013, the FDA had cleared and registered just over 100 medical apps, nowhere near the current pace of app development, which...

Fund Makes Grants to Commercialize Promising Technologies

September 3, 2014 11:10 am | by Life Sciences Discovery Fund | News | Comments

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund has announced nearly $750,000 in Proof of Concept grants to Washington state for-profit and non-profit organizations to promote translation of health-related technologies from the laboratory to the commercial...

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