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Flexible Silver Nanowire Sensors Allow Simultaneous Monitoring of Many Health Parameters

Flexible Silver Nanowire Sensors Allow Simultaneous Monitoring of Many Health Parameters | mHealth | Scoop.it
Wearable health monitoring devices is the latest craze hitting the market, with consumers (and the NSA) wanting to track every aspect of their lives to lea (Flexible Silver Nanowire #Sensors Allow Simultaneous #Monitoring of Many #Health Parameters...
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Infographic: The mHealth Revolution

Infographic: The mHealth Revolution | mHealth | Scoop.it
Mobile health is projected to be a 26 billion dollar industry by 2017. But the industry means more than just big businesses.
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VA mHealth pilot runs into app scheduling challenges - FierceMobileHealthcare (press release)

VA mHealth pilot runs into app scheduling challenges - FierceMobileHealthcare (press release) | mHealth | Scoop.it
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A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mHealth pilot has run into problems with its ability to efficiently schedule appointments.
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Sharp Transforms a Luxury Workstation Into A New Telehealth Concept - Telepresence Options

Sharp Transforms a Luxury Workstation Into A New Telehealth Concept - Telepresence Options | mHealth | Scoop.it
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DigInfo recently posted a cool video (see below) about Sharp's Telehealth Chair. The solution is a very interesting take on telemedicine.
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[Study] New game app improves adherence among diabetes patients

[Study] New game app improves adherence among diabetes patients | mHealth | Scoop.it

A new mobile game app designed by CyberDoctor showed improvements in medication adherence, diet and exercise in diabetes patients, according to a study.

 

The company said that breakthrough clinical trial results for the game, called PatientPartner," documented for the first time the effectiveness of a story-driven game in changing health behavior and biomarkers. The study was conducted among 100 nonadherence patients at Hershey, Pa.-based Pinnacle Health Systems and presented at the Health2.0 Conference Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif.


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Sven Awege's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:10 AM

Looks convincing. Strange though that there has not been more engagement here from Pharma - could be that it still costs too much (time and money) for the lifecycle of a typical Pharma maketeer (tick the box and move to next position in less than 2 years)!

ebee's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:41 AM

Study documenting effectiveness of story-driven game in decreasing blood sugar levels in diabetes patients.

Caresharing's curator insight, January 30, 2014 6:08 AM

Conclusion: Let diabetes patients play. :)

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Study shows iPhones can be transformed into mobile endoscopic viewing system with cost benefit

Study shows iPhones can be transformed into mobile endoscopic viewing system with cost benefit | mHealth | Scoop.it

iPhones can be transformed into mobile endoscopic viewing system at a substantial cost benefit. The lighter and inexpensive Endockscope acquired images of the same resolution and acceptable color resolution. When evaluated by expert endoscopists, the quality of the images overall were equivalent for flexible ureteroscopy. It was also somewhat inferior, but still acceptable for flexible cystoscopy.

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This feasibility study highlights the increasing power of mobile technology when applied to endoscopy. These results may have improved given the hardware development available today that includes higher resolution cameras. As with any smartphone centric system, there are barriers to widespread use at the moment such as concerns for patient privacy and integration with hospital PACS systems.

 

There have been a number of examples in literature of smartphone adapters for endoscopes. To date, there have been no human trials evaluating the efficacy of this technology. It also remains unclear how the positive results in this study will affect future endoscope development, although there is clearly grounds to improve accessibility to endoscopy in developing nations.

 More: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2013/10/study-iphones-mobile-endoscopic/

 


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Artifical Pancreas for Type 1 Diabetics Approved by FDA

Artifical Pancreas for Type 1 Diabetics Approved by FDA | mHealth | Scoop.it

Type 1 diabetics could benefit from a new "artificial pancreas" device now that it has received proper approval for the U.S. market.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an artificial pancreas device for the very first time, allowing it to hit the market in the next few weeks. 

The device -- called the MiniMed 530G -- is by Medtronic, and it consists of two parts: a continuous glucose monitoring system, and an insulin pump that administers the appropriate amount of synthetic insulin.

The glucose monitoring system lets the patient know exactly what their blood sugar is, and the wearer then uses the pump to input the correct amount of insulin for high blood sugar levels.

If the patient has low blood sugar, the pump will alert the patient and shut off insulin supply for two hours. If blood sugar drops too low, patients can experience a diabetic coma. 

 

The pump looks like a pager, which attaches to the patient's pants and is connected to a sensor that slips right underneath the patient's skin. The glucose monitoring system looks like a small patch with a plastic clip, which is placed on the patient's stomach. 


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Michelle Milici's curator insight, November 4, 2014 3:33 PM

This shows that steps are being taken to make type 1 diabetes easier to handle. This "artificial pancreas" provides an insulin pump to deliver insulin, as well as a blood sugar monitor to prevent blood sugar from getting too high or low.

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Tweeting For Public Health: Tracking Food Poisoning Via Social Media

Tweeting For Public Health: Tracking Food Poisoning Via Social Media | mHealth | Scoop.it

Can Twitter be mined for information on food poisoning outbreaks? One Google data scientist thinks so. Adam Sadilek led a team at the University of Rochester that developed Nemesis , a machine learning system which asks "which restaurants should you avoid today?"

 

Using a set of keywords, Nemesis mines Twitter for geolocated posts that could be indicative of foodborne illness. In tests, tweets from New York were datamined and had metadata added indicating restaurants within 25 meters that were open at the time the user tweeted. A team of humans recruited via Mechanical Turk then came up with 27 words and phrases indicating food poisoning--things like "My tummy hurts," "stomachache," "throw up," "Mylanta," and "Pepto-Bismol." Nemesis then assigned health scores to the nearby restaurants based on the proportion of food poisoning-inferring tweets.

 
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Sitting is the New Smoking- Even for Runners

Sitting is the New Smoking- Even for Runners | mHealth | Scoop.it
You've no doubt heard the news by now: A car-commuting, desk-bound, TV-watching lifestyle can be harmful to your health.
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Doctors use 3D head-mounted displays to see inside a patient's body

Doctors use 3D head-mounted displays to see inside a patient's body | mHealth | Scoop.it
Surgeons in Japan are now approved to use this image processing unit to help patients.

Sony has unveiled a head-mounted image processing unit based off its Personal 3D Viewer visor that allows surgeons to easily see inside a patient's body in either 2D or 3D. So far, this advancement in medical technology has only been approved for use in Japan, but still, it has a lot of potential for medical procedures requiring endoscopes, like laparoscopic surgery for individuals with prostate cancer.


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m-health revenues to hit $138 billion by 2020

m-health revenues to hit $138 billion by 2020 | mHealth | Scoop.it

Verizon’s partner program shows that mobile operators are increasingly focused on developing m-health solutions as part of their M2M offerings, according to new research from Strategy Analytics.

Predicting that revenues from the global m-health market will reach $138 billion by 2020, the market-research company says Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) has recently taken steps to consolidate and redesign its partner program to produce a more streamlined organization.

Specifically, the US operator is partnering with two telehealth solutions providers – Carematix (Chicago, IL, USA) and Sonicu (New Palestine, IN, USA) – and offering its partner program initiative as a catalyst for the adoption of M2M wireless healthcare services.

As the industry continues to evolve, notes Strategy Analytics, a growing number of medical device manufacturers are introducing M2M services to improve patient care.

“m-health is a key driver in the world’s developed and developing regions, through growth in both dedicated devices and mobile handsets,” said Gina Luk, a senior analyst of mobile workforce strategies at Strategy Analytics.

“Strategy Analytics is pleased to see Verizon expanding its partnership and offering a portfolio of managed, IT and consulting services for the healthcare industry to help transform patient care delivery, enhance access to care and better manage costs,” she said.

According to Andrew Brown, the director of M2M research at Strategy Analytics, Verizon has plenty to gain from its investments and activities in this area.

Brown says that Verizon will have opportunities to offer value-added services to the healthcare industry that take advantage of its network and technology capabilities.


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Junk Food Subsidies Since 1995 Could Buy Nearly 52 Billion Twinkies

Junk Food Subsidies Since 1995 Could Buy Nearly 52 Billion Twinkies | mHealth | Scoop.it
Make no mistake, the U.S. federal government is doing everything it can to make sure your junk food urges are fulfilled on the cheap.

 

A new study, conducted by a federation of state Public Interest Research Groups, or U.S. PIRG, finds that the U.S. government has spent $19.2 billion subsidizing corn and soy junk food ingredients since 1995.

 

That completely dwarfs the $689 million allotted for Apple subsidies over that period, even though apples are the only fruit or vegetable to receive a substantial government subsidy.

 

To put that into perspective, U.S. PIRG notes, the money spent on junk food subsidies since 1995 is enough to buy nearly 52 billion Twinkies, which, if laid out end to end, could encircle the globe 132 times...


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Stephanie T Holland's curator insight, July 29, 2013 5:03 AM

The U.S. government has spent $19.2 billion subsidizing corn and soy junk food ingredients since 1995. Wow.

Alex's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:07 PM

Where do sports stadiums get their junk food and why is cheap for them to get them but expensive for them to sell them

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VA Telehealth Real Time Access To Care - YouTube

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Next generation response systems: mHealth for older adults - mHealthNews

Next generation response systems: mHealth for older adults - mHealthNews | mHealth | Scoop.it
Next generation response systems: mHealth for older adults
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Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Healthcare - Forbes

Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Healthcare - Forbes | mHealth | Scoop.it
Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Healthcare Forbes Regardless of your political persuasion, there are some facts about the healthcare industry that are not well known to the general public but are key to the realization that the system...
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Adherence app MediSafe to boost medication adherence up to 81 percent

Adherence app MediSafe to boost medication adherence up to 81 percent | mHealth | Scoop.it

MediSafe is a cloud-based app system — the patients get a reminder to take their meds on their Android or Apple smartphone app, and are then prompted to record it if they do. If they don’t indicate that they’ve taken their dose, a graduated series of friends and family is informed and can take action.

“It pushes you a notification when its time to take your meds,” MediSafe CEO Omri “Bob” Shor told MobiHealthNews in January. “The first one is a quiet one, like a text message. The second one is a louder one. The third one you can’t ignore, and the fourth one goes to your wife.”

The company will use the money to build up strategic partnerships with pharma companies, pharmacies, HMOs, employers and hospitals. MediSafe hopes to be valuable to those stakeholders because it not only can increase patients’ medication adherence, but it also collects de-identified aggregate data about patients’ adherence.


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Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope With Single Lens

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope With Single Lens | mHealth | Scoop.it

A Kickstarter project for a Micro Phone Lens makes a camera phone into a portable handheld microscope. (@FutureMedTech Amazing!


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OMP Digital's curator insight, September 14, 2013 10:17 AM
Innovative smartphone accessories could soon allow for a portable handheld microscope to be made accessible to the public. This cool kickstarter would be a lovely addition to ever growing eHealth and accessible apps for doctors/ GP's and the public to better diagnose ailments and disease.
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Stanford scientists build a microscope to spot the seeds of cancer

Stanford scientists build a microscope to spot the seeds of cancer | mHealth | Scoop.it

One of the cruelest truths about cancer is that even after you beat the disease, it can still come back to kill you. A tumor growing in the prostate gland, breast, or any other organ can shed cancerous cells into the blood. These cancerous seeds travel the body and can take root nearly anywhere, growing into a new cancer threat even after the initial cancer is treated.

 

The rule of thumb with cancer is that the earlier you can detect the disease, the more effective the treatment, and hence better potential outcomes.

 

Currently, doctors draw a patient's blood and analyze it using special antibodies to detect the presence of the seeds, called circulating tumor cells (CTCs). This works well if CTCs are present in large numbers, but may fail to detect smaller numbers released by earlier tumors.

 

Now, a team of engineers, scientists and doctors from Stanford is developing a mini-microscope that might be able to noninvasively detect the CTCs earlier than ever, allowing for earlier interventions.

 

"There has been a huge push to increase sensitivity," said Bonnie King, an instructor at Stanford School of Medicine. "We suspect that CTCs often circulate in numbers below our current threshold of detectability."

 

A major advantage with the microscopic technique, King said, is the ability to screen much larger volumes of blood, rather than just a small vial collected from a patient. This will be done using a method called in vivo flow cytometry – a laser-based technology for counting cells in a live subject.

 


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Mohamed Haroon's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:26 AM

Interesting Techonology - 

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Doctors Believe Using Health Apps Will Cut Down on Visits [INFOGRAPHIC]

Doctors Believe Using Health Apps Will Cut Down on Visits [INFOGRAPHIC] | mHealth | Scoop.it
Many doctors believe that accessing apps that keep track of your health will help cut down on doctor visits, a new report suggests.

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Mighty Mouse heart beats again!

Mighty Mouse heart beats again! | mHealth | Scoop.it
A mouse's heart, stripped of cells and rebuilt with human ones, has begun beating again in a further step towards generating human organs for transplant

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OMP Digital's curator insight, August 14, 2013 12:17 PM

Sorry are we reading this correctly???


A mouse heart has been seen to beat after becoming part-human, part-mouse!


The stem cell generated proceduce took a total of 10 years to complete. The cardiac precursor cells had been engineered to a mouses heart to contain about 70 per cent human heart precursor cells, which provide enough mechanical force for contraction.


Thybrid heart which was constructed at the University of Pittsburgh was stripped of its own cells and rebuilt with human ones.


It has been said that the so called 'designer hearts' beat rhythmically but are not strong enough to pump bloood around the body.


The team's next step will be to improve the mechanical and electrical synchronisation of the heartbeat.

 

An unbelievable breakthrough!

 

"We hope to make a piece of human heart tissue soon but our dream is to regenerate a human heart organ."

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Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies

Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies | mHealth | Scoop.it
From telemedicine robots to toilet sensors, remote patient monitoring technology continues to win venture capital. These nine startups have landed funding in the past year.
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Verizon works to bring mHealth to the masses | mHealthNews

Verizon works to bring mHealth to the masses | mHealthNews | mHealth | Scoop.it

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This new wearable electronic patch can be crumpled, stretched and drenched

This new wearable electronic patch can be crumpled, stretched and drenched | mHealth | Scoop.it
Thinner than a human hair, the patch is suited to unobtrusive health monitoring. It could also give a robot a more delicate sense of touch.

 

Toss a newly developed electronic patch into the air, and it will float softly to the ground like a feather. Crumple it into a ball and it will unfold undamaged.

The patch, detailed in a paper published today in Nature (subscription required), is thinner than a human hair and can be placed directly on the skin. It can be stretched to more than two times its normal size and is nearly unbreakable. It is also made on a sheet of inexpensive plastic. The patch could be worn by a medical patient or an athlete as an unobtrusive way to monitor health. Because it is waterproof, it could even be placed in a wearer’s mouth or used while swimming.


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Osman Kurt's curator insight, July 26, 2013 3:47 AM

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