Combatting Childhood Obesity: Fruitful Minds

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Made up of a student board from UC Berkeley, support staff, an Advisory Board of professionals in the areas of education, dietetics and business operations, Fruitful Minds delivers customized nutrition programs to communities in need. The programs take into consideration “local diets, the ethnic makeup of the community, parent and family involvement and age appropriate lesson planning.” Each lesson, a combination of information sharing and fun activities, is given by a team of two college students called Fruitful Minds Ambassadors. From the Fruitful Minds website: “The program explores food group basics, nutrient basics, labeling, exercise, energy and personal choices, sustainable agriculture and [students can] see, touch and taste fresh local produce from a partner farm during the class.” Find out more at:  http://www.fruitfulminds.org/index.html

Electronic skin – Health monitoring skin patch that could administer drugs

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Within the next 5 years, researchers expect to see health monitoring band-aids and skin patches available for wide use. Currently, studies like the one co-authored by a University of Texas-Austin engineer, show a wearable patch prototype that works when it is connected to a power source. Eventually, these bandages are expected to bring “comfortable health monitoring” and “very precise and less invasive medical treatment.” Other versions of this “bandaid” will have temperature sensors, heart rate monitors, and blood oxygen level measuring sensors. Future versions could be powered by a smartwatch or embedded battery. Read more at: http://www.damngeeky.com/2014/04/02/19825

Once-a-day 24 hour Asthma Relief: Relvar Ellipta

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A new drug called Relvar Ellipta combines a daily dose of a steroid to reduce inflammation and a new type of long-acting beta2 agonist, a drug that dilates the airways. This new once-a-day inhaler, approved for use in Britain, can give 24-hour relief to asthmatics, including patients that suffer from COPD. Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2535605/New-day-inhaler-ease-suffering-asthma-patients-approved-use-Britain.html

Breath and Posture Wearable: Prana

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From the company website: “Prana is the first wearable which combines breath and posture tracking to help us make the most of our sitting time. Building on recent medical studies and ancient Yoga traditions, Prana supports the interconnection between good breathing and good posture for many healthy benefits including reduced stress, better focus, and less back pain.” See more at :  http://prana.co/

Backpack-Sized Blood Pumping Device – The Freedom Driver


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The Freedom Driver, a portable 13 pound “wearable” device provided by The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, allows a patient awaiting a heart transplant to leave the hospital and be functional, while waiting for a heart transplant. The driver, in conjunction with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, becomes a much lighter, backpack-like alternative to the other FDA-approved driver, dubbed “Big Blue”, which weighs in at 413 pounds and was the size of “a washing machine.” Read more at:  http://www.umcvc.org/news/archive/201501/patient-leaves-university-michigan-hospital-without-human.

Family Sleep Monitor – hugOne

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hugOne, by Sevenhugs, is a sleep monitor system that is designed to help an entire family sleep better. It also monitors temperature, humidity, air quality, and promises an alarm that identifies the best time for you to wake up in the morning.

From the company website: “When we sleep poorly, other aspects of our health decline as well. Sleep is not only important for adults, it is also an essential building block for our children’s health, well-being and academic success…All family members’ sleep behavior, as well as your home environment data, can be accessed anytime and anywhere on Sevenhugs mobile application.”

Read more at: http://www.seven-hugs.com/