The New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Only Works in the U.S.

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When Apple said its new Apple Watch heart monitoring capabilities were FDA cleared, they meant only FDA cleared, it seems. The new Apple Watch touts a fancy new ECG, or electrocardiogram, monitor. It’s the type of device that is medically advanced enough to need clearance before public consumer use. Apple actually only got FDA clearance a day before its big event… Read more »

Can your voice reveal whether you have an illness?

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Our voices are amazing things.  We can use them to sing, shout and whisper sweet nothings. We can use them to activate gadgets and prove who we are to banks.  And now researchers believe they can also reveal whether we’re getting ill. Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 17th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38637257 Discussion 1) What are some of… Read more »

Dust-sized ‘fitbits’ offer new way to monitor the body from within

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Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range of conditions, including epilepsy and control next-generation prosthetics. Source: CBC Date: September 20th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fitness-sensors-tiny-wireless-1.3751021 Discussion 1) The ability to monitor at such small scale could have a myriad… Read more »

Google wants to inject cyborg lenses into your eyeballs

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Google has patented a new technology that would let the company inject a computerized lens directly into your eyeball.   In its patent application, which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved last week, Google says it could remove the lens of your eye, inject fluid into your empty lens capsule and then place an electronic… Read more »

Consumer 3D printer used to create human tissue

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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, have adapted a low cost MakerBot 3D printer to print with biological materials. The team hope their work could one day lead to a world in which transplants are no longer necessary to repair damaged organs. Source: BBC News Date: October 27, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34505242 Discussion 1) The video talks… Read more »

Would you tell Apple when you’ve had sex?

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  When Apple released its iOS9 mobile operating system it included a new feature – the ability for women to log their sexual activity alongside details of their menstrual cycles.  An earlier version of its HealthKit software – which tracks everything from electrodermal activity to chromium intake – had lacked the facility.  Other apps existed… Read more »

Medical devices vulnerable to hackers

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Thousands of critical medical systems, such as MRI machines, are available for hackers to access online, according to researchers.  Some 68,000 medical systems from just one large unnamed US health group have been exposed. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 2nd, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34390165 Discussion 1) The article says that “The researchers used Shodan – a search engine… Read more »

Anthem probe looking at China as possible source of hack

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Anthem’s computer experts, and private contractors the company has hired to investigate the hack, are convinced the breach of their systems came from China, according to government and private sector people involved in the investigation. Source: CNN Money Date: February 12th, 2015 Link (to paste into browser): http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/06/technology/anthem-hack/index.html Discussion 1) The title of this article… Read more »

Health data boom heralds new era of personalised medicine

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Discussion: “We are moving from a world where we treat illnesses to one where we predict and prevent them, advised by mobile doctors in our pockets.” We are moving to a new healthcare system that is aiming to prevent health problems rather then fixing them after they have occurred. The healthcare system is seeking to… Read more »