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By Leontina Postelnicu March 4, 2019
A&E departments in the UK should introduce AliveCor’s KardiaMobile device into standard care, researchers have said, for patients presenting with heart palpitations or feeling lightheaded, after a study found it was five times more effective than current tests used to diagnose heart rhythm problems. Although often harmless, if patients fully recover before getting to A&E, detecting the...

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By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2019
Researchers who use Fitabase to capture data from Fitbit and Garmin devices will soon be able to capture a new kind of data: continuous glucose monitoring data from Dexcom products. The ability to capture glucose values, as well as calibrations, syncs, and alerts, from Dexcom CGMs will allow researchers to study the interplay between blood glucose and the activity, heart rate, and sleep — the...

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By Leontina Postelnicu January 21, 2019
WHAT HAPPENED Researchers in the UK have designed a game that can improve users’ concentration, with a version being released today as part of the Peak Brain Training app for free. The team that developed and tested the game, called Decoder, from the University of Cambridge’s Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute have demonstrated that playing it for eight hours over a one-month period...
teen using digital health app while exercising
By Jonah Comstock August 1, 2018
Just under two-thirds of U.S. teens and young adults have used a health-related mobile health app, according to a new survey of more than 1,300 US teens and young adults aged 14 to 22 years. The survey, sponsored by Hope Lab and Well Being Trust, was designed and analyzed in part by Susannah Fox, a former HHS chief technology officer who also conducted similar surveys in the past as a part of the...
By Jonah Comstock June 14, 2018
Benchling, which offers a software suite for improving collaboration and productivity among life sciences and biotech researchers, has raised $14.5 million in series B funding. Benchmark led the round, with additional participation by F-Prime Capital and returning investor Thrive Capital. “Just as computer science has changed the world and transformed every industry, we think that in 10 to 20...
By Bernie Monegain September 8, 2017
Big Blue is investing $240 million over 10 years to build the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab in partnership with MIT. The lab will engage in research into artificial intelligence with the goal of driving scientific AI breakthroughs. The collaboration will focus on AI hardware, software, and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas. It aims to increase AI’s impact on industries, such as...
By Aditi Pai August 14, 2014
Intel has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), a nonprofit organization focused on Parkinson's disease research, to study symptom patterns in Parkinson's patients. During the multiphase research study, patients will monitor their symptoms with wearable devices and researchers will use a big data analytics platform to then analyze the information gathered. There is currently no...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2014
A new longitudinal study of the microbiome from researchers at Harvard and MIT demonstrates how the ubiquity of a smartphone enables research that would have been much more difficult previously. In the study, two patients tracked a number of health factors on an iPhone app for a year and also took stool samples almost every day. Researchers analyzed the bacteria in the stool samples alongside the...
By Aditi Pai February 20, 2014
Withings connected weight scale Mobile-connected blood pressure monitor sales grew by 42 percent across Great Britain, Germany, France, and the Netherlands from 2012 to 2013 and connected personal weighing scale sales rose by 88 percent, according to market research firm GfK. GfK added that despite this growth, the connected device market in Europe is still a minority market. Last year,...
By Brian Dolan March 19, 2010
"While the mHealth market presents significant growth opportunities, when taking into account device, software, connectivity and overall service revenue streams, the market and ecosystem are fragmented, creating challenges for any single player to address the full breadth of opportunities," according to a new report from CSMG called "mHealth: Taking the Pulse." CSMG estimated that the mHealth...