Pediatrics

By Jonah Comstock November 6, 2014
A new app from Baylor University takes advantage of a smartphone's camera -- and of the smartphone owner's tendency to take a lot of pictures -- to potentially detect rare eye cancers in babies. Baylor chemist Bryan Shaw and Baylor computer scientist Greg Hamerly have launched the White Eye Detection app, in which parents can upload pictures of their babies and digitally scan them for signs of...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2014
According to a non-randomized trial of 524 mostly African American teenagers, screenings administered via iPad could help pediatricians to learn about their patients' drug, alcohol, and tobacco use more reliably. The study, recently published in Pediatrics and conducted in Baltimore, Maryland, tested a new brief screening tool from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -- one...
By Jonah Comstock August 7, 2013
Qualcomm, through its Wireless Reach initiative, is embarking on a 50-patient research project which will use mobile health technology to help show asthmatic children and teenagers where and how their worst asthma attacks occur. Zephyr Technology, maker of wearable vitals monitoring system BioHarness, is providing technology for the program, as is Asthmapolis, a startup that makes GPS-enabled...
By Brian Dolan August 24, 2010
That is, at least, according to a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology: Daily text message reminders did not help the 82 women in the study become more adherent to their birth control pill regimen. Both the text-receiving participants and the control group missed about 5 pills per month. (Worth noting perhaps that, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal about the study,...