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Will An App A Day Keep The Doctor Away? The Coming Health Revolution

Will An App A Day Keep The Doctor Away? The Coming Health Revolution | JMS1 health and wellness | Scoop.it

The rapid adoption of connected mobile devices is enabling the shift from a sickcare nation to a preventative care nation – with big potential savings at stake. I believe health insurers before long will cut premiums for consumers who exercise and have a healthy diet, just as they discount auto insurance rate for safe drivers.

 

This monumental shift in the way Americans approach health care comes just in the nick of time: as a nation, we badly need a kick in the behind. More than two-thirds of American adults are now overweight or obese. According to one forecast, by 2020 more than half of us will be pre-diabetic or diabetic, creating a $500 billion annual drag on the economy.

 

 

 

 

But solutions are coming. And it starts with your mobile phone.

 

Apps And Wearables


Let’s take a closer look at the front lines of this coming consumer health revolution.

By 2017, according to Research and Markets, half of the 3.4 billion smartphone or tablet users worldwide will use mobile health apps.I expect that by 2017, at least 30% of American consumers will regularly wear a device to track sleep, food, exercise, heart rate, blood pressure and even glucose passively and non-invasively.By 2017, according to ABI, the global market for wearables in health and fitness alone could reach 170 million devices.

 

Personalized and Mobile Medicine


Before long, all of those devices will be sending real-time data about you to your doctors, nutritionists and trainers. Subjective medical findings will be bolstered by cold, hard stats on the continuous state of your health. In short, we’re headed for a world of truly personalized medicine, practiced from a central hub in the cloud.

 

In the not-to-distant future, we will talk to our doctors more often via a mobile phone than in an office, saving time for patients and doctors alike. The result will be a more efficient system: By some estimates, 25-30% of today’s doctor visits could be replaced by phone, text, and digital check-ins.

 

 

Gamification


Gamification will saturate fitness apps and devices, enticing teams of friends or coworkers to compete for points or trophies. You are seeing the beginnings of this movement on Fitocracy and at corporations like Yahoo, where CEO Marissa Mayer challenged her employees to a contest for the most miles walked. Strava members are addicted to getting to the top of the leaderboard for cycling and running and are willing to pay a monthly subscription to compete.

 

 


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Tals abaout how apps assist you in keeping healthy and monitoring your health. Chelsea Sanford

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Secrets For A Healthy Lifestyle: Nutrition

Learn how you can live a healthier, happier and smarter life in this series featuring the five secrets from Fitness Guru Annick Robinson. (Part 1 of 5)
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Kat Ramafalo: eating healthy works hand in hand with exercising and some cases healthy foods are more effective when trying to live a healthier life. this clip just highlights that point and also tries to show us that eating healthy is not as difficult to maintain as we have been made to believe. in the video we are given hints and tips that will help us make the right decisions. if you know what to pick then you will not get distracted or tempted to eat junk food. it also reminds us that even "organic" junk food is still junk food and that we should try to stay away from those kinds of foods. this is very informative and the images make it easy to understand therefore by the end of this video you will know what is good for you.

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16 Foods That Help You Sleep | Reader's Digest

16 Foods That Help You Sleep | Reader's Digest | JMS1 health and wellness | Scoop.it
Many foods contain naturally occurring substances that bring on sleep; here are some of the best choices to help you settle down for a quality rest.
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Lwazi Ndima:  As someone who sometimes battles with insomnia, i find it interesting that there are certain foods one is able to eat to sort out their insomnia. Hopefully, they do the trick.

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Your Body And Heart On Alcohol - Womens Health

Your Body And Heart On Alcohol - Womens Health | JMS1 health and wellness | Scoop.it
Even if you left boozing to- get-drunk behind at varsity , alcohol could still be harming your health. Read on for the sobering advice...
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Cyclists testing new blood glucose monitoring system

Cyclists testing new blood glucose monitoring system | JMS1 health and wellness | Scoop.it

New technology aimed at improving management of diabetes is being trialled this week by a team of diabetic cyclists.

 

The athletes are testing a new, state of the art personal health monitoring system, developed by researchers from the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria, which combines medical sensors, a mobile phone app, and cloud internet technology to provide instant andcontinuous blood glucose monitoring.

Around 100 cyclists are testing the system while taking part in a 2,100 km ride across Europe. Each participant is equipped with a small continuous blood glucose monitor, which is placed just under the skin to detect chemical changes and record real-time blood sugarmeasurements.

The sensor sends the data wirelessly to the wearer's mobile phone where it is then downloaded to a cloud data repository and can be analysed in real time by the team at Newcastle and Northumbria universities. 

"It is really about demonstrating how much things most of us carry in our everyday lives, like mobile phones, hold the potential to help living with diabetes," explained Professor Mike Trenell, of Newcastle University, who is leading the trial.

"We can enable patients to make real-time context-based decisions to improve their diabetes control. If we can get people to walk 45 minutes extra every day we get an equivalent cost saving of £800 per year." 

As well as helping to manage the performance of long-distance cyclists, marathon runners, and other endurance athletes, the researchers say the new system could also benefit people with type 1 diabetes who often avoid exercising due to a fear of experiencing hypoglycaemia by providing real-time warnings of falling blood sugar levels.


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Once again the focus on technology and how differnt sports need it. Chelsea Sanford

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Deadliest Psychiatric Disorder: Anorexia

Deadliest Psychiatric Disorder: Anorexia | JMS1 health and wellness | Scoop.it
Anorexia is the most lethal psychiatric disorder, carrying a sixfold increased risk of death -- four times the death risk from major depression.
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Kat Ramafalo: this article is very informative and straight to the point. basically this article deals with the implications of having an eating disorder such as anorexia. making the fact that anorexia is more deadly than most mental illnesses known to us. it also provides us with symptoms as well as how to seek help. this article has left a lasting impression on me; that mental health is as important as physical.

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How Friends Make You Healthier

How Friends Make You Healthier | JMS1 health and wellness | Scoop.it
Having a full social life that includes socializing with relatives, friends, and others is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
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Master Your Moods - Womens Health

Master Your Moods - Womens Health | JMS1 health and wellness | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that moods affect your thoughts, judgments and actions. Here's how to harness the power of (or beat) your moods...
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