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Medical Technology And Health Apps - by Ellen Dudley

Do you geek out over the latest gadgets, wearable technologies and smartphone apps that improve you and your family's health, fitness, or well being? Then you've come to the right place.

As a biomedical engineer with 5 years cofounding startups as a mobile app designer, I love writing about inventions that involve smartphones or hardware to help you track, monitor, and improve your health, fitness and happiness.

I also love to cover inventions that have a female focus, and aim to improve women's quality of life. Get in touch if you'd like me to cover your latest invention. 

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Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.

Are You Getting Enough Sunlight? Find Out With SunSprite

Do you spend a lot of time outside? Or very little? How do you know if you are getting all the sunlight you need? SunSprite is a super cool wearable device that measures the amount of sunlight you are being exposed to, letting you know when enough is enough. It's the first solar powered, wearable, light tracker invented by Harvard trained doctors and engineers that can help you to improve your energy, your sleep, your mood, your focus, your eyesight and reduce stress.

3D Printed Syringe Pump Cuts Cost Of Science

Syringe pumps are used to administer small amounts of fluid (with or without medication) to a patient, or they are used for chemical and biomedical research in laboratories. They normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but now, scientists at MTU have made the design for a syringe pump open source, so it can be printed out on a 3D printer for just $50. Lower cost means that labs can run more experiments in parallel without worrying about the cost of equipment. 

Mango Health App Makes Taking Your Medication More Fun

Mango Health just updated their app for medication adherence for iOS8, and it's worth taking a look. Set reminders to ensure you take your medication, see the side effects of your medication, and potentially dangerous interactions between the medications you are taking, including your supplements. Win points for rewards and get notifications when you are running low.

Chewing Is Good For The Environment - Power Your Wearable Devices With This Chin Strap

Do you find yourself suffering from jaw pain, or headaches from grinding or clenching your teeth while you're asleep? Now there could be an upside to your stress induced dental strain - scientists have created a chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements.

Curing Blindness Goes Mobile With PEEK Vision App

Did you know that it's possible to test your eyesight using your smartphone? Andrew Bastawrous, a 34 year old ophthalmologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, invented the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or PEEK, a mobile app and clip-on hardware that transforms a smartphone into a pocket-size optical clinic. 

Apple's HealthKit On IOS8: Your Health And Fitness Apps In One Place

HealthKit is set to be released in a few hours with the release of iOS8, a fierce attempt by Apple to take their place as the leader of health tracking technologies. It's a brand new framework that centralizes the data storage of personal health information, to make a developers apps more engaging and personal for users. Today they launched clinical trials with Duke and Stanford University, to track cancer and heart disease statistics on the HealthKit app.

Suffering From Alzheimer's? Wander Safely With New Wearable Sensor

A young scientist has invented a wearable sensor, SafeWander, that alerts caregivers on their smartphones when their patients wander out of bed. He invented it based on personal experiences with his own grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's and has started to wander.

Magnets That Clean Blood And Cure Sepsis

A magnetic device has been invented to extract bacteria, fungi and other toxins from the blood, potentially curing sepsis, a life threatening complication of infection that kills 1 in 4 who are affected. It consists of a microfluidic device that removes magnetic nanometer-sized beads that have bound to pathogens in the bloodstream.

Watch How Medication Affects Movement In Parkinson's Disease

Global Kinetics has just received FDA approval for their Parkinson's KinetiGraph (PKG) Data Logger, a wearable wrist recorder that monitors and tracks the movement of a patient suffering from movement disorders like Parkinson's, to help their physician determine the best course of treatment.