Apple Watch gains weak heart pump detecting algorithm developed by Mayo Clinic

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The algorithm will help spot the condition which affects between 2 and 3 percent of people worldwide. The Mayo clinic is working on the development of an algorithm that will use the Apple Watch electrocardiogram (ECG) feature to help detect weak heart pumps affecting the wearer. The feature would help to spot a condition in which the wearer’s heart doesn’t optimally pump blood. Weak heart pump conditions impact between 2 and 3 percent of people worldwide. Among people over the age of 60 years, that figure rises to 9 percent.…

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Wearable devices can improve sleep provided the right data is tracked

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Fitness trackers and other gadgets record lots of figures, but it’s not all equally useful to getting rest. Wearable devices have been adding an increasing number of data types that have to do with getting sleep. That said, according to sleep experts, not all that information is equally helpful to people who are trying to get more rest at night. While users are often interested in the information tracked while they sleep, using it isn’t as obvious. Various types of wearable devices from smartwatches to fitness trackers often measure the…

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Using virtual reality can lead to temporary depersonalization and derealization symptoms

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The symptoms are mild and transient, but clearly impact an individual’s sense of what is real. Newly released research has placed the spotlight on the way virtual reality (VR) can have an impact on the way a user interprets what is real. The research is still considered to be preliminary but indicates an unexpected impact of VR use. The result of the virtual reality study was published in the Computers in Human Behavior journal. Researchers had been observing preliminary indications that using VR could produce feelings of alienation directed inward…

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More than 1 in 4 patients want to use mobile wallets for healthcare payments

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A recent study showed that 28 percent of US patients would like to pay digitally or by app. According to the results of a recently conducted payments study, 28 percent of US patients would like to be able to make medical payments using mobile wallets or digital transactions. One of the biggest points of friction patients suffer in accessing medical care is in making payments. Certainly, the cost of care is a heavier burden, but the transaction methods available can also add substantial friction to a patient’s ability to conveniently…

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Virtual reality games can improve amputation patient rehab

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The technology helps to make the rehabilitation exercises more fun for patients. Rehabilitation centers in certain hospitals and clinics have started using virtual reality games to help amputation patients to enjoy their rehabilitation. The VR experience lets the patients play sports such s soccer, snowboarding and parachuting. The patients using the virtual reality games as a part of their amputation rehabilitation programs follow a program that lasts several weeks. The patients will typically return to the hospital or clinic on a daily basis for around six weeks for their therapy.…

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