FDA to fast-tack its review of unique potassium screening mHealth device

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AliveCor has designed a device that can detect dangerously high levels of potassium. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has given “Breakthrough Device” status to a potassium screening mHealth device developed by California-based medical device company AliveCor. The company’s KardiaK mHealth platform has been created to analyze ECG readings to detect dangerously high level of potassium in a person’s blood, without the need to draw blood. The digital health tools is designed to detect hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia is an elevated level of potassium, a mineral and electrolyte, in your blood.…

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Dirty smartphones could be a hazard to your health

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A toilet seat is more than three times cleaner than the average smartphone screen. Dirty smartphones are not uncommon. In fact, over a third of people have never cleaned their phone with a cleaning fluid, sanitary wipes or other similar cleaning products, according to research conducted by Insurance2go. However, this research is even more troubling considering what the company found was that the average smartphone screen is three times dirtier than a toilet seat. Aerobic bacteria, yeast and mold were found on the tested handsets. In its study, the mobile…

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California launches first-ever license alert mHealth app

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App developed by the Medical Board of California (MBC) empowers health care consumers. The groundbreaking license alert mHealth app enables California health care consumers to make informed decisions about their doctors. The innovative mobile app provides users with instant updates regarding their doctors’ license status. These updates include everything from new specialties to disciplinary issues. The license alert mHealth app sends notifications directly to a user’s mobile device whenever there is an update to their doctor’s license. For instance, it will send a notification if there is a change in…

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Cleveland patients granted mobile health data access

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Cleveland Clinic patients will be able to access their health records via their iPhones. Patients will be able to obtain their personal health information and history through their computer or via mobile health data access through Health Records on iPhone and through the MyChart application. Patients will be able to see all their health records through the mobile apps. Regardless of whether patients obtain their mobile health data access via Health Records or MyChart, both will provide a full view of their health records. This includes information, such as allergies,…

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Ocutrx receives first U.S. medical patent for its AR glasses

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USPTO gives thumbs up to the California-based companies Augmented Reality (AR) medical application technology. Ocutrx Vision Technologies, LLC announced that their AR glasses, the Oculenz, has been given its first medical patent by the Unite States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for restoring functional sight to patients who have visual field defects. The Oculenz is the first of its kind. “The Oculenz is the first ground-breaking technology to offer a solution for advanced central visual defects in patients with retinal disease,” stated Dr. Thomas Finley, M.D. in the Ocutrx press…

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New Apple Health Records API open to app developers

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Apple’s upcoming software update will have a new mHealth feature. Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced iOS 12 at the start of WWDC 2018 and revealed the new features of the upcoming software update, among which include an Apple Health Records service update. The mHealth feature, which is designed to help monitor and improve a user’s health and wellbeing, will give users the option to share their medical data with third-party apps. Apple users will not only be able to access their medical records but share this information with their favorite,…

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LifeLeaf smartwatch claimed to be first-ever noninvasive CGM

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LifePlus has introduced a new and revolutionary medical wearable. The startup based in California announced its LifeLeaf smartwatch. The company claims that it is the world’s first fully non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitoring (CGM) wearable. The device is the first of its kind to non-invasively monitor five psychological health indicators. The patent-pending multi-sensor wearable device does more than monitor blood glucose. It is also the first of its kind to non-invasively monitor these other four key physiological parameters: heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, oxygen saturation. With the ability to…

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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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