Today we talk about a new device that allows you to measure your vitals. Produced from the company Vie, Sens is advertised as a personal health center, that can measure such things as skin hydration, heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen, glucose, ketones, cholesterol, and uric acid. The device logs the information and in one tap, allows the user to get an appointment and ask a question. This device an example of healthcare taking another step towards precision medicine. Read more or preorder at https://vie.live/
In a report published on 5/19 on the Science Daily website, we find that Boston Children’s Hospital has published a study in the American Journal of Public Health. This report states “Through integration with a wearable thermometer, the Thermia online health educational tool has enabled prediction of seasonal influenza outbreaks in China one month earlier than before.” Read more at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170519124027.htm
With a modern-flavor on old-school house-calls, Dispatch Health provides Denver area residents a combined physician and EMT experience, all thru an easy to use app…. AND it takes many insurance. According to the Dispatch Health website, here is how it works:
You request care thru an app or website, where you explain your symptoms. You get immediately triaged while a team is dispatched. Then the team arrives, and you get treated. Read more at: https://www.dispatchhealth.com/
Today’s blog comes to us from Lithuania, where researchers at the Kaunas University of Technology institute of Biomedical Engineering are developing a bathroom scale that could detect life-threatening conditions.
In a news release, the researchers state that this scale will be able to not only monitor for such things as arteriosclerosis or cardiac arrhythmia, but ultimately 20 other parameters/conditions like hyperkalemia (elevated level of potassium in dialysis patients). Read more in this article on the KTU website: Bathroom Scales Will Inform About Life Threatening Conditions.
Today we talk about Habit, which takes a unique approach to meal planning and delivery. Using what they describe as a “science-based” approach, the company sends you a home nutrition test kit where you can take an easy blood test and cheek swab. They then combine this information with metrics and goals to create a personalized nutrition plan. This results in individualized meals that are delivered directly to your door. This personalized nutrition approach is aimed at getting you the right nutrient mix and vitamins, and it is all based upon research and trials. Read more at the Habit website: https://habit.com/
The University of Pittsburgh has released findings from two studies that may improve outcomes for the very serious and limited treatment options pancreatic cancer condition. In the first study, the researchers used genomic profiling to identify targeted therapies for the patients and in the other researchers used existing drugs that are used to treat similar genetic conditions.
In a press release from 5/9, Seattle Children’s Hospital has announced results from a phase 1 pilot study showing “T-cell immunotherapy to be effective in getting 93 percent of patients with relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) into complete initial remission.”
This pilot, the Seattle Children’s Pediatric Leukemia Adoptive Therapy (PLAT-02) trial opens the door for a PLAT-03 trial, where patients will receive “booster” infusions of a second T-cell product, called T antigen-presenting cells (T-APCs). The hope of the next pilot is to help put patients in long-term remission. Read more at: Seattle Children’s Hospital Website.