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Smartphone app may help spot stroke symptoms as they occur
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Smartphone app may help spot stroke symptoms as they occur

A new smartphone application may help people who are having a stroke or their family and caregivers recognise common stroke symptoms in real time, prompting them to quickly call healthcare providers. New York, Feb 3 : A new smartphone application may help people who are having a stroke or their family and caregivers recognise common stroke symptoms in real time, prompting them to quickly call healthcare providers. Called FAST.AI, the app might be as accurate at diagnosing stroke as a neurologist, which may minimise the long-term effects of a stroke and improve chances for a full recovery, preliminary research suggests. FAST.AI is a fully automated smartphone application for detection of severe stroke using machine learning algorithms to recognise facial asymmetry (drooping ...
Mobile app helps adolescents access health services in B’desh
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Mobile app helps adolescents access health services in B’desh

Millions of adolescents in Bangladesh will be able to access health information and services through two online portals launched at the National Adolescent Health Conference. Dhaka, Jan 18 : Millions of adolescents in Bangladesh will be able to access health information and services through two online portals launched at the National Adolescent Health Conference. The Adolescent Health website and mobile application, launched by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from the UN children's fund UNICEF and the Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka, on Tuesday are aimed at increasing awareness and ensuring easy access to physical and mental health information and services for adolescents. "Adolescents can be powerful agents of change, and we must do all we can...
Apple watch helps detect heart blockage
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Apple watch helps detect heart blockage

An Apple watch has reportedly been credited for detecting undiagnosed heart blockage in a woman. San Francisco, Jan 17 : An Apple watch has reportedly been credited for detecting undiagnosed heart blockage in a woman. A woman named Elain Thompson suffered seizures in 2018 and as part of her post-diagnosis treatment, her daughter suggested her to wear an Apple Watch to monitor her health, reports AppleInsider. Thompson recently received an alert from her Apple Watch that her heart rhythm was unusual. After that, she went to the cardiologist and was fitted with a heart monitor for a week.In one instance, the monitor alerted the hospital after her heart stopped for 19 seconds while she was sleeping. Doctors diagnosed Thompson with a heart blockage and installed a pacemak...
Smart ring for women to tell heart rate, oxygen level
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Smart ring for women to tell heart rate, oxygen level

Healthcare solutions company Movano Health has revealed its smart ring, Evie, which is designed specifically for women, providing them with their health data such as heart rate and oxygen level. San Francisco, Jan 2 : Healthcare solutions company Movano Health has revealed its smart ring, Evie, which is designed specifically for women, providing them with their health data such as heart rate and oxygen level. "(The) company plans to file for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of a new wearable that provides women with medical grade data and personalized actionable insights to track and manage overall health," Movano Health said in a statement. Evie is expected to combine health and wellness metrics to give a full picture of one's health including resting heart rat...
Apple Watch blood oxygen has racial bias, claims new lawsuit
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Apple Watch blood oxygen has racial bias, claims new lawsuit

A lawsuit filed against Apple has claimed that its Watch's blood oxygen sensor is racially biased against people with dark skin tones. San Francisco, Dec 28 : A lawsuit filed against Apple has claimed that its Watch's blood oxygen sensor is racially biased against people with dark skin tones. According to AppleInsider, plaintiff Alex Morales, who bought an Apple Watch between 2020 and 2021, said he was aware that the device has pulse oximetry features, and believed it did this without regard to skin tone. "For decades, there have been reports that such devices were significantly less accurate in measuring blood oxygen levels based on skin colour," the lawsuit alleges. "The 'real world significance' of this bias lay unaddressed until the middle of the coronavirus pandemic...
Next Apple Watch challenge: Detect atrial fibrillation in patients with pre-existing heart disease
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Next Apple Watch challenge: Detect atrial fibrillation in patients with pre-existing heart disease

As smart watches come packed with several health features, earlier studies have validated the accuracy of the Apple Watch for the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) in a limited number of patients with similar clinical profiles. However, in patients with a variety of coexisting ECG abnormalities, there is still a long way to go for smartwatch developers, reveal researchers in the larest study to date. New York, Oct 13 : As smart watches come packed with several health features, earlier studies have validated the accuracy of the Apple Watch for the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) in a limited number of patients with similar clinical profiles. However, in patients with a variety of coexisting ECG abnormalities, there is still a long way to go for smartwatch developers, revea...
Skin-like computing chip analyses health data with brain-mimicking AI
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Skin-like computing chip analyses health data with brain-mimicking AI

A team of US researchers have developed a flexible, stretchable computing chip that processes information by mimicking the human brain. New York, Aug 7 : A team of US researchers have developed a flexible, stretchable computing chip that processes information by mimicking the human brain. The device, described in the journal Matter, aims to change the way health data is processed. "With this work we've bridged wearable technology with artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a powerful device which can analyse health data right on our own bodies," said Sihong Wang, a materials scientist and Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. Currently, getting an in-depth profile about your health requires a visit to a hospital or clini...
Apple introduces new accessibility tools for the disabled on iPhone, Watch
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Apple introduces new accessibility tools for the disabled on iPhone, Watch

In a bid to further provide users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health, communication, and more, Apple on Tuesday previewed innovative software features that combine the power of hardware, software and machine learning (ML) on its array of products. Cupertino (California), May 17 : In a bid to further provide users with disabilities new tools for navigation, health, communication, and more, Apple on Tuesday previewed innovative software features that combine the power of hardware, software and machine learning (ML) on its array of products. People who are blind or low vision can now use their iPhone and iPad to navigate the last few feet to their destination with 'Door Detection' tool. The users with physical and motor disabilities who may rely on assistive feat...
App claims to detect Covid with 92% accuracy by hearing sound of cough
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App claims to detect Covid with 92% accuracy by hearing sound of cough

Australian scientists have developed a novel app that can detect Covid-19 infection by just the sound of a cough. London, April 21 : Australian scientists have developed a novel app that can detect Covid-19 infection by just the sound of a cough. The app, called ResApp, which uses machine learning to analyse the sounds of cough, could detect Covid with 92 per cent accuracy, Daily Mail reported. ResApp was developed by professor Udantha Abeyratne at the University of Queensland. US drug major Pfizer has recently offered $100 million to acquire the Brisbane-based company. "The sheer scale of this global pandemic and the likely evolution to an endemic disease means we need more scalable diagnostic tools that can balance our current over-reliance on rapid antigen and PCR tests...