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Purdue researchers create a smartphone app to help assess anemia

Purdue researchers create a smartphone app to help assess anemia

One of the methods that doctors use to diagnose the condition known as anemia is by looking at the person's eyelid and judging its redness, which indicates the number of red blood cells. The challenge for doctors is that the simple test isn't precise enough to give a diagnosis without drawing a blood sample from the patient. Researchers at Purdue University have developed software that could enable medical staff to take a picture of the inner eyelid of the patient using a smartphone and receive a near-accurate count of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells.

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Google Action Blocks would make iPhone simple again

Google Action Blocks would make iPhone simple again

Google Action Blocks was launched as an Android app in May of 2020, but it's the latest round of iPhones and iOS 13 that stands the most to gain. With the latest version of iOS and most iPhones released in the last couple of years, Apple's smartphone ecosystem's become a bit of a new-user nightmare. Based on my experience as resident "looks like he'd be good with computers" tech supporter for several iPhone users Baby Boomer age or older, Google Action Blocks looks like a dream come true.

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Moderna details positive Phase 1 experimental COVID-19 vaccine results

Moderna details positive Phase 1 experimental COVID-19 vaccine results

American biotech company Moderna has announced positive interim clinical data related to its mRNA-1273 vaccine candidate targeting the novel coronavirus. The positive results come from the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Phase 1 clinical trial. The test involved a total of eight volunteers who received two doses of the experimental vaccine, which will be heading into larger tests going forward.

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Fitbit promises low-cost emergency ventilators made for COVID-19

Fitbit promises low-cost emergency ventilators made for COVID-19

Wearables company Fitbit has announced intentions to manufacture emergency ventilators designed for use with COVID-19 patients. The ventilators will be made to meet demand, according to the company, which will make its ventilators available in the US and other countries. Fitbit plans to submit an Emergency Use Authorization request with the FDA to get its ventilators on the market during the pandemic.

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Alcoholism drug linked to ‘dramatic’ weight loss in obesity study

Alcoholism drug linked to ‘dramatic’ weight loss in obesity study

A new study has linked an old school drug used to treat alcoholism with rapid weight loss and protective effects in obese mice, hinting at a potential new treatment for obesity. The research comes from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging, which found that mice given the medication disulfiram lost weight much faster than mice that only went on a diet.

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Amazon develops NIH-approved face shield for healthcare workers

Amazon develops NIH-approved face shield for healthcare workers

Amazon employees have developed and refined a face shield designed for use by medical professionals, helping protect them from the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19. The face shield started out as a small community project that soon caught the attention of an Amazon employee who got other workers on board with the effort. Soon enough, a refined face shield was developed and it has since received approval by the NIH.

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iOS 13.5 will automatically share your Medical ID in an emergency call

iOS 13.5 will automatically share your Medical ID in an emergency call

Apple has more or less created and naturally cornered a market that combines mobile technology with health and medical services. Going beyond the Apple Watch and its life-saving features, the company has been integrating medical information in both iOS and watchOS. This integration goes a long way in saving lives when the user himself or herself becomes too unresponsive to give first responders critical details. An upcoming feature will even send that data to medical personnel to advise them even before they reach you.

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US human trial of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines underway at Pfizer

US human trial of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines underway at Pfizer

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company BioNTech SE have started a human trial of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine candidates in the United States, the companies announced on Tuesday. As part of this trial, multiple people located at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and NYU Grossman School of Medicine have been dosed with potential vaccines for the novel coronavirus.

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Smart Band-Aid tracks your coronavirus symptoms

Smart Band-Aid tracks your coronavirus symptoms

Northwestern University has revealed a new type of wearable designed to monitor patients for COVID-19 symptoms, one that looks like a large switch or a small bandage when applied to the skin. The wearable is designed to work with data algorithms that enable the device to monitor patients and healthcare workers for signs of the novel coronavirus, including after they leave the hospital.

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Apple Watch detected a heart condition that a hospital ECG missed

Apple Watch detected a heart condition that a hospital ECG missed

Many smart devices today, both wearables like smartwatches and even smartphones, are equipped with sensors that not only track our physical activities but can also be used to measure things like heart rate or blood oxygen levels. More often than not, manufacturers advise people to always defer to a professional for medical advice and that these readings shouldn't be taken at face value. In one exceptional case, however, such a wearable provided more useful data that helped save an elderly woman's life when a traditional hospital ECG couldn't.

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NASA JPL’s VITAL ventilator has just been approved by the FDA

NASA JPL’s VITAL ventilator has just been approved by the FDA

Although testing positive for COVID-19 isn't exactly a death sentence, one of the biggest hindrances in keeping patients alive is the lack of equipment, specifically ventilators. Countries and manufacturers have been scrambling to keep up with the sudden spike in demand for these life-saving machines. Fortunately, manufacturers from other industries have also jumped in to help compensate for the limited supply, just like this NASA-developed ventilator that just got the green light for emergency use in the US.

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Coronavirus quarantine fatigue spurs Fauci warning of ‘inevitable’ 2nd wave

Coronavirus quarantine fatigue spurs Fauci warning of ‘inevitable’ 2nd wave

As quarantine fatigue spreads across the planet, a second round of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is "inevitable" according to the USA's leading epidemiologist. If states lift restrictions on quarantine too early, the results could be dire. But if the USA makes significant progress in efforts to deal with the pandemic before the second wave, suggested Dr. Anthony Fauci, the USA should weather the storm

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