Edible QR codes may alter dosage directions for prescribed drugs

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Researchers are developing a new way to customize prescription dosages with quick response codes. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have teamed up with peers at Finland’s Åbo Akademi University to use edible QR codes as a tool for customizing prescription drug dosages. The new technique is designed to help personalize the way patients are dosed with their medications for greater precision and improved results. The researchers have already created a white edible material on which a drug-based QR code is printed. The researchers have come up with a white…

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Could a wearable technology app save your life? It did for one man

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An apple smartwatch application showed a spike in heart rate which turned out to be a blood clot. The idea of a wearable technology app has become extremely commonplace to the point that many of us don’t think much of them. However, as it turns out, under the right circumstances they have the ability to save a person’s life. This was what happened when a man names James Green had his life saved by his Apple smartwatch. James Green, an American man living in New York, formerly employed with MTV,…

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Virtual reality brain surgery recorded for first time for medical students

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The idea is to provide med students with an improved opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the procedure. A new virtual reality brain surgery recording has become the first of its kind and is designed to give medical students the chance to see the procedure as they would within an operating theater. It can be very difficult for med students to obtain this type of opportunity as spaces are very limited. According to Barts Health NHS Trust surgeon, Alex Alamri, virtual reality brain surgery is on the edge of changing…

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Mobile health technology offers SIDS protection to newborns

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A recent study showed smartphone tech can assist parents in sudden infant death syndrome prevention. Researchers at the University of Virginia, Yale University and Boston University have determined that mobile health technology may help parents save their newborns’ lives. The researchers conducted a study using mobile tech to support parents in preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related death risks in their babies. The mhealth technology used only the most basic mobile phone functions to help educate parents. Participants in the study received texts from hospitals to…

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Unique QR codes reduce fraud in medical condition documents

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An Indian government institution is adding quick response codes to its certificates to simplify authentication. Fraud related to faked illnesses is a growing problem In India, but unique QR codes added to documentation may soon control this problem. The scannable quick response codes will be added to certificates of medical and fitness conditions. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has become the first government sector institution to pilot a program using unique QR codes to authenticate medical documents. The idea is to make it easy for any recipient…

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Smartphone addiction consequences among parents may include behavioral problems in kids

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A recent U.S. study showed that parents continually using mobile devices are more likely to have misbehaving children. A small American study indicates that there may be smartphone addiction consequences occurring among the children of the addicted. Parents who regularly look to their mobile devices to check texts, emails, other alerts and videos have an increased chance of having kids who develop behavioral problems, said the research. Similarly, parents who aren’t as attached to their screens are less likely to have kids who misbehave. The study was limited, but involved…

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Wearable technology devices help Zurich Life promote customer health

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The insurer is the first to launch a pilot program in Ireland geared toward trackable wellness for policyholders. Zurich Life Assurance (Zurich Life) has launched the first ever program in Ireland using wearable technology devices to help policyholders improve their health. This is a trial program being offered to a limited number of Zurich Life policyholders via select financial brokers. The customers will be rewarded for their participation in using the wearable technology devices by receiving cashback on their policy premiums. This reward will be applied if they are able…

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IBM says medical nanotechnology could give you superpowers in 5 years

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The tech giant predicts that microscopic health devices and superhero vision are a half decade away. IBM has released its annual “Five in Five” list which includes medical nanotechnology innovations this year. The company issues the report to forecast some of the top innovations and scientific directions that could considerably change our lives in five years. The technology IBM spotlights in the report has the chance to alter the way we live and interact every day. The broad theme of the 2017 report is “making the invisible visible.” In that…

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Microsoft HoloLens will help med students learn anatomy

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An American university will be using a revolutionary new technology to avoid using cadavers. Case Western University is in the midst of developing a program using Microsoft HoloLens to teach anatomy to med students. This device uses virtual reality technology. The school will use it to provide a 3D representation of a human body. The virtual reality device wearers will be able to examine layers of tissue such as skin and muscle. The Microsoft HoloLens will also make it possible to look at the skeleton and organs behind the skin…

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Mobile health apps aren’t helping the people who most need them

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New research has shown that these applications aren’t necessarily doing what they were designed to accomplish. Mobile health apps have the opportunity to transform the way Americans receive health care. The vast majority of U.S. adults carry smartphones. People who have chronic conditions or other complex health requirements have considerable mobile device resources available to them. However, a new study revealed that these health focused apps are falling short in several ways. The research looked into the reach and effectiveness of mobile health apps. What was found was that app…

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QR code nail stickers launched for dementia patient tracking

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A Japanese city has used quick response codes as a part of a new initiative to care for the elderly. A city in Japan has started to use QR code stickers on residents with dementia. The goal is to give authorities a barcode to scan if those individuals wander off and become lost. The local police, hospitals and other authorities will have the means to scan these barcodes to call up identification information for the lost person. Iruma, a company located north of Tokyo, first developed these tiny unique barcode…

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