Innovations in medicine
Blue light can reduce blood pressure
Exposure to blue light decreases blood pressure, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a new study from the University of Surrey and Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf in collaboration with Philips reports. Read original article
Study Finds Phone App Effectively Identifies Potentially Fatal Heart Attacks with the Near Accuracy of a Standard ECG
Can your smart phone determine if you’re having the most serious – and deadly – form of heart attack? A new research study says it can – and may be a valuable tool to save lives. Read original article
How Can We Know if a Digital Health Intervention Works? Reconsidering Success Metrics and Timelines
We talk about the potential of digital interventions to revolutionize healthcare. They’re scalable, portable, personal, and pack consumer appeal. But we still aren’t able to say with much certainty under what conditions they work, if any, particularly for some of the populations who could benefit most. […] Fortunately, the most promising future revenue models in […]
This Google AI (Sort of) Knows When You’ll Have a Heart Attack
Your eyes, they say, are the windows to your soul — and according to a new study funded by Google, your eyes may also be the windows to an impending heart attack. In the study, Google researchers used retinal-scan data from nearly 300,000 patients to “train” a neural network — an intricate series of algorithms — to detect heart-health risks just by looking at images of a patient’s eyes.
Heart attack blood test sensitive enough to be used in portable device
Cardiac defibrillators are not on the corner of every street. Nor are paramedics. So how can the number of people surviving a heart attack that occurs outside the hospital be increased? Today, it is estimated that these people’s chance of survival is only 5%. This figure could be about to change with the use of the LifeVest device.
A ‘half-hearted’ solution to one-sided heart failure
Soft robotic actuators, which are pneumatic artificial muscles designed and programmed to perform lifelike motions, have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. In fact, earlier this year, a Boston Children’s Hospital team revealed a proof-of-concept soft robotic sleeve that could support the function of a failing heart.