Helping Physically Disabled Toddlers Explore: Tot Bot

According to NYU, infants who are not exposed to environmental stimulation show lower IQ’s in later years. Two students from the Tanson School of Engineering have come up with a solution. In an article from Engadget, today we find the Tot Bot, the brainchild of two NYU Tandon School of Engineering students. This touch-screen enabled wheelchair allows infants with disabilities to explore at will. Read more at Engadget.

Glucometer and Smartphone App Together…Finally

 Today we report on a device originally covered by Yanko Design back in November of 2016. The glucometer is a device about the size of a quarter and plugs directly into your mobile device. Developed by iHealth, the device, called Align, is now available for around $17 (not including the price of the glucose testing strips). Once made, the readings are transferred to an app and then to the IHealth Cloud. For those wondering, the iHealth website says the device is FDA approved. Read more at the iHealth website, here.

 

Thync: A wearable for better sleep, mood, and stress reduction

From an article on the PSFK website, we find a wearable that uses neurostimulation technology to reduce stress and improve sleep quality and mood. With, over 5,000 test sessions, and published studies on stress reduction, sleep quality, and mood, the Thync Relax Pro from Thync is now available for sale. This offering comes with  a wearable device designed to encourage relaxation using low-level electrical stimulation and a smartphone app. Read more at PSFK or Thync .

Precision Medicine on the horizon: Merging people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles to create personalized treatment plans

You may have heard about The Precision Healthcare Initiative during 2015, but now the day is not far off in the future where such technologies as FHIR, HIE’s, biomedical informatics, and genomic data sharing will come together to create a new and better way of providing individualized healthcare. In an article from HealthcareITNews, they discuss a number of initiatives under way with the goal of realizing Precision Medicine.  Read more at: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/dawn-precision-medicine-has-begun-onc-says

 

 

Early research suggests standing desks may help with health but not weight loss…

An article from the Public Library of Science (plos.org), suggest that even though there isn’t a lot of research about standing desks, much of the initial research suggests that while using a standing desk may help with things like lowering your blood sugar, it may not have a noticeable effect on weight loss.  Read more at: http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2017/03/29/standing-desks-will-not-help-you-or-your-kids-lose-weight/

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ZOLL Medical: LifeVest defibrillator system

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Pediatric patients often have unique challenges. Often children at risk for sudden cardiac arrest do not have the option for an implantable defibrillator or pacemaker. Now there is a non-invasive invention FDA approved device that can be with pediatric patients who are not  a candidate  for a surgically installed implantable defibrillator or pacemaker. Read more at: http://www.damngeeky.com/2016/01/01/38405/38405.html

“How can you mend a broken heart?”

The answer may now have been discovered in at the University of Minnesota, where, using 3-D printing technology, researchers have been able to help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. Using a bio-printed cell patch, researchers have placed the patch on a mouse following a simulated heart attack. The researchers then saw a significant increase in functional heart capacity after just four weeks.  This research study was published in Circulation Research, a journal published by the American Heart Association.  Read more on the University of Minnesota website here.