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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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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.

Can A Vibrating Pill Cure Your Constipation?

Introducing the Vibrating Capsule: a pill with an engine inside that;s programmed to vibrate 6-8 hours after it's ingested to cure chronic constipation. No more gas, cramping and diarrhea for the 15% of US population who take laxatives. Soon it will be cool to be constipated.

Instagram For Health Care Professionals

Figure 1 is a complex version of Instagram for health care professionals. It's a place for medical students and professionals to both upload and access a growing database of images related to medical conditions. It contains patient photos, brain scans, X-Rays and even cellular images, with text to accompany each image. 

Share Secrets with Friends with Charming Electronic Smart Band

Collectible. Collectible. Wearable. Customizable. Electronic. These buzz word describe the latest in wearable bracelets: the Nex Band. This next generation charm bracelet comes with an initial set of modular components (mods) that include a microcontroller, a vibration motor, a low-energy Bluetooth radio and a battery that can last for 2-4 days, depending on how much you use it.

Monitor Your Unborn Baby's Heartbeat From Home With Bellabeat

Bellabeat is a doppler device that attaches to your smartphone to monitor your baby's heartbeat and kicking patterns while it's still in the womb. The latest app update includes the ability for expectant mothers to monitor their moods and connect with other expectant mothers, to catch early signs of depression.

Runtastic Fitness App Update: Coaches You To Stay Hydrated

Runtastic released a new version of their flagship app today, to track and manage health and fitness data to motivate individuals to get in shape. By crunching the numbers on your activity, personal stats, and local weather conditions, Runtastic will provide a post-hydration recommendation to ensure you are staying hydrated.

Coming Soon: Cure Your Hayfever With Photo Therapy

Suffering from hayfever? A new treatment that doesn't involve taking antihistamines every day for the rest of your life is in the works. It's called Allergia, and it's a phototherapeutic medical device that suppresses the sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion of seasonal allergenic rhinitis (SAR).