Fitbit introduces new Sleep Animals feature to wearer profiles

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The fitness tracker wearers will be assigned a designation based on their typical sleeping patterns. Fitbit has announced that it is adding a new feature to its user profiles, which will include Sleep Animals that will be assigned to users based on their typical sleep cycles. The designation is meant to help people to better understand the type of sleeper they are. The Google-owned fitness tracking company is rolling out an overall profile for sleepers that is aimed at making it easier for people to understand their overnight rest data…

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Stroke detecting and preventing AI technology wins national award

AI Technology - Medical Research

The tech was developed by a PhD grad conducting medical research following the death of her grandfather. PhD grad from Montreal Canada, Karina Gasbarrino has won a Mitacs Social Entrepreneurship Award for her development of AI technology that can both prevent and detect strokes. The artificial intelligence Gasbarrino developed was the result of a decade of research. Gasbarrino’s own grandfather died of a stroke more than ten years ago, at which time she decided to research the subject. Throughout that time, she worked to create the AI technology that would…

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AI technology could help physicians to make mental health diagnoses

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The artificial intelligence has a great deal of potential, though experts say clinicians should use it with caution. A new form of AI technology has been developed by Emilia Molimpakis at University College London, in Canada, following the attempted suicide of a friend. The technology was created to help fill mental health treatment gaps. Molimpakis is a postdoctoral neuroscience researcher and co-found Thymia. That AI technology uses video games to collect patient information about the way they interact with their screens. From there, it helps to interpret whether the patient…

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Tips and Tricks to Become a Manager in Healthcare

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It’s not uncommon for healthcare professionals to have further career aspirations. Usually, these aspirations revolve around management and team leading roles. Healthcare is a growing industry, meaning there are lots of management roles becoming available. A manager in healthcare typically adopts an administrative position in the public or private sector. Unlike many other healthcare professions, being a manager does not involve providing direct care to patients. Instead, it revolves around keeping an organization’s standards high—from employee performances to the funding decisions that get the green light. There are countless benefits…

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Canadian city’s police uses virtual reality to improve mental health crisis response

Virtual Reality - Hamilton, Ontario

The city of Hamilton, Ontario is training with VR headsets to better their response to these cases. Officers in the Hamilton Police Service in Ontario, Canada are training using virtual reality to improve their response to individuals suffering mental health crises. The technology is helping officers to better diffuse situations and calm people without using force. The officers are experiencing highly realistic scenarios in a three-dimensional environment using a virtual reality headset. It allows them to experience a situation similar to one they might encounter in real life. It allows…

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