April 11 Media Roundup
August 04, 2016
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Get up to speed on some of last week’s biggest news headlines from our social media feed below.
mHealth and Tech
- Pfizer and IBM are joining forces to fight Parkinson’s with an IoT system of sensors, devices and other machines to monitor patients and report the findings to medical professionals.
- If you’re a health app developer and unsure if regulations apply to your app, check out the new, interactive FTC website designed to provide guidance.
- A study testing how usable mHealth diabetes treatments are for patients found that younger, more tech-savvy patients had a higher performance.
- Nonprofit Medic Mobile, an app maker for health workers in areas lacking easy access to medical care, received $1 million in grant funding from the Peery Foundation.
- Did you know pedometers have been around in Japan since the 1960s? The Financial Times spotlights the first company to create a pedometer.
- A new algorithm was released to help doctors prescribe the best possible medicationto patients whose conditions demand very precise drug dosing.
- Early study results show promising findings for a smart pill designed for hypertension and Type 2 diabetes patients. Most users were able to reach their blood pressure goals using the combination of sensors, wearable and apps.
- The next time you’re taking a leisurely trip to the hospital, check the facility’s Yelp reviews first. Researchers have found online information provides a better overview than government ratings.
- A blood-loss tracking app made for surgeons raised 12.6 million in funding last week. The app has FDA clearance and measures how much blood has been lost during surgery.
- Wearable biosensors previously only available as medical-grade devices are being released to consumers, allowing hospitals to monitor patients via the cloud.
- With the high costs of drug discovery, pharma is looking for ways to improve productivity. Will algorithms provide a path to the next generation of medical breakthroughs?
- Big data is extending into mental illness treatments. Computational psychiatry is using data-based tools to better understand and treat illnesses.
Life Sciences and Pharma
- A Boston scientist is taking a fresh look at plant extracts as a potential source of new drugs to treat diseases and disorders.
- Cancer Research UK shared a bunch of projects on its horizon including artificial intelligence to advise if surgery is beneficial, nano-bubbles to oxygenate tumors and a tongue-twisting “cancer cell shape sorter.”
- New research suggests that cell therapy using bone marrow cells may help treat heart failure patients.
- The “Cancer Moonshot” is taking shape and has announced its panel of experts who will be advising the NIH in its work.
- In case you missed it, our own Glen de Vries wrote a STAT article about the need for better engaged participants in clinical trials and how tech will help.
- London-based Bento Lab announced the world’s first DIY DNA analysis kit. The kit comes with everything you need to run a variety of creative experiments.