October 14, 2015


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October 14, 2015


Cool News

By Sahil Kapoor, MBA, M.Tech Manager, HITLAB India

Pain relief without painkillers?

About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild, excruciating, or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. In any case, it can have a profound effect on both daily living and sleep.

To diminish such discomfort, many reach first thing for pain killers. Wouldn’t it be great if we could reduce our dependence on medications, or even get by without them? Here’s a technology that may well help.

Quell, a 100% drug-free pain relief technology designed by NeuroMetrix (a 1996 spinoff of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology) is gaining popularity among both doctors and patients. It is an over-the-counter, lightweight wearable device that can be worn during daytime activities and while sleeping. Quell utilizes wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS) that is clinically proven to help manage chronic pain such as diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, sciatica, and osteoarthritis.

Quell is the only wearable pain relief device that is cleared by FDA, even for use during sleep. Not only that, this cool tool comes with “The Quell Relief” app, which allows users to track sessions, view sleep quality over time, and control features via Bluetooth technology on mobile.

Now, you can have a pain relief gadget with you that is on call 24 hours a day! For product information, visit www.quellrelief.com

 

November 19, 2015


November 19, 2015


Cool News

By Sahil Kapoor, MBA, M.Tech, Manager, HITLAB India

Turn your smartphone into a cancer diagnostic tool

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in humans. In North America, one in five people will develop skin cancer; one person dies of melanoma every hour. We often ignore moles/spots on our bodies but these moles may turn into melanoma. Regular skin check-ups are recommended by doctors, but how many of us comply? Now, though, it’s possible to use a smartphone-powered app to monitor the skin for cancer.

MoleScope by MetaOptima is a tiny device that attaches to the camera on your smartphone. Simply use the device to take high quality images of your moles, then send these images to a dermatologist via the cloud-based analytical platform “DermEngine.” You will be notified whether your mole is suspicious. MoleScope comes with its own IOS compatible app that is HIPAA compliant and connects seamlessly with the DermEngine web platform. 

This smartphone-based medical technology helps detect skin cancer at an early stage. Individuals don’t have to wait for days and weeks to receive feedback. They can self-examine their moles and consult doctors for online mole checkups. MoleScope is a valuable gadget for regions where cancer specialists are not available and a boon for Telehealth systems. 

It is a cutting-edge technology for cancer detection. According MetaOptima, early detection can increase survival rates up to 98% as compared to 15% for those diagnosed late-stage. The MelaScope is currently available for the iPhone5 onwards. This digital health innovative technology was launched at World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver in 2015 and is available as both a “home edition” and a “medical professional edition.” For more information, click here.

 

December 17, 2015


December 17, 2015


Cool News

By Sahil Kapoor, MBA, M.Tech, Manager, HITLAB India

Connecting pacemakers to smartphones

A pacemaker is a small cardiac device placed inside the human body to treat irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. It can control an abnormal heart rhythm, enabling a more active lifestyle. Globally, three million people use pacemakers and each year 600,000 pacemakers are implanted. Post-implant check-ups are mandatory but not all patients follow-up. Thanks to significant progress in telehealth, here’s a technology that facilitates regular checks of the pacemaker. Launched by Medtronic, the world’s first app-based remote monitoring system for pacemakers is called MyCareLink Smart Monitor.

MyCareLink includes a handheld portable device reader and a smart mobile app. The monitor is connected to a smartphone or tablet with cellular or Wi-Fi services, allowing patients to transmit data to the Medtronic CareLink network used for remote monitoring. Physicians interpret the data and provide treatment accordingly. The technology is compatible with Android and Apple smartphones as well as tablets. The FDA-approved MyCareLink Smart Monitor is commercially available in the United States for patients with implantable pacemakers.

Remote cardiac monitoring leads to faster diagnosis of pacemaker problems and a higher survival rate. This innovative technology helps patients create a personalized profile and manage their pacemaker data. Patients also receive notifications of data transmission.

MyCareLink Smart Monitor is a boon for cardiac patients as it seamlessly connects them to physicians. With more than one million users, MyCareLink Smart Monitor is a valuable gadget for cardiac patients of all ages and especially for people over 65. For more, click here.

 

 

January 28, 2016


January 28, 2016


Cool News

By Sahil Kapoor, MBA, M.Tech, Manager, HITLAB India

This Smart Bandage Detects Early Bacterial Infection!

Bacterial infection in patients with burn wounds occurs fairly often and can be a devastating complication. These infections are a major concern for clinicians as they lead to increased pain, scars, and even death.

To avoid such outcomes, physicians tend to overprescribe antibiotics to patients with burns, which can unfortunately lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a novel antimicrobial dressing that may go a long way toward averting such issues: an intelligent bandage that detects early bacterial infection and prevents excessive use of antibiotics.

This smart bandage is a color-changing dressing that contains gel-like material infused with tiny capsules. It signals the presence of harmful bacteria by releasing non-toxic fluorescent dyes. The outer layer of tiny capsules is designed to mimic a cell membrane. Toxins produced by the bacterial colony puncture the capsules (as though they were cells), which release the marker dye. The bandage then turns fluorescent, confirming bacterial infection. It is an undoubtedly “handy tool” for doctors to detect early infection and monitor surgical wounds as well as wounds caused by traumatic injury.

Clinical utility of the smart bandage is not yet proven but it is a breakthrough technology in the field of medical microbiology. Diagnosing wound infections is a big challenge for physicians but this bandage alerts them before symptoms arise. The United Kingdom Medical Research Council has recently provided a grant to the research team for testing the bandage on wound swabs from pediatric burn victims. This revolutionary technology could be ready for clinical testing by 2018. To see a video on the smart bandage, click here. To learn more, read MIT’s Technology Review or visit the University’s site.



 

 

 

March 29, 2016


March 29, 2016


COOL NEWS

By Sahil Kapoor, MBA, M.Tech, Manager, HITLAB India

 

Scan food at molecular level and relish meals without worry!

We all know a balanced diet combined with regular exercise connotes a healthy lifestyle, but do we stick with our good intentions? Food platters tempt us more often than not and, when we indulge, create anxiety about the calories we’ve ingested.

What if you could scan food at the molecular level to assess the true implications of that temptation in advance? Introducing innovative food sensors that analyze your meal: the pocket-sized, Bluetooth-connected molecular sensor SCio is a dream tool for dieters as well as people suffering with diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disorders.

Launched by French startup Dietsensor, the scanning app was named a CES 2016 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree. Scio uses near-infrared spectrometry to analyze the chemical make-up of homogenous food and beverages.

Just hold the device an inch above the food or drink. With a simple click, transfer the nutrient statistics to your phone via Bluetooth. Login to the mobile app and view levels of calories, carbs, proteins, fat, and alcohol. It’s truly a magical gadget that provides a snapshot of nutrient value and caloric content. Eliminate the need to search for a nutrient fact sheet or manually record calories, carbohydrates, protein and sugars at every meal.

Another breakthrough technology, Nima, is a boon for people suffering with “celiac disease,” a condition characterized by hypersensitivity to gluten. Nima is a portable sensor invented by 6SensorLabs that scans gluten at a level of at least 20 ppm. It even detects cross-contamination. Put a tiny food sample inside the NIMA capsule; food is analyzed with 99.5% accuracy. It’s also possible to sync results with a mobile app to study trends. It will be a great help for sufferers who, until now, could not enjoy meals at parties or restaurants without worrying. Nima was selected one of 25 Best Innovations of 2015 by Time magazine.