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Vaccines and the honour system

My son emailed me this week to ask if he had been immunized for measles when he was little. He’s working for a Silicon Valley tech company for a co-op work term. His employer had issued a notice that an employee in another building has contracted measles, so he wondered if he is at risk. His concern is valid […]

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Digital health tech startup dos & don’ts

At the recent Health 2.0 Toronto: Product Innovation in Digital Healthcare event held at Toronto’s MaRS Centre on September 16, 2014, Palo-Alto based Geoffrey Clapp (CEO of Better and Health Hero, and Advisor at Rock Health) delighted the room full of 100 digital health startup entrepreneurs. Clapp drew from his experience with healthcare startup business models and the challenges […]

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No harm, no foul: The benefits of simulation education

After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, there was a huge influx of patients to local hospitals, yet all of the 140 victims treated in the aftermath of the incident lived, thanks in part to mass casualty simulation training that had taken place years before. Simulation education is a vital tool for all healthcare […]

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Review: Mio ALPHA Heart Rate Monitor

A few weeks ago, I noticed my indoor cycling instructor’s Garmin watch said his heart rate was 56. That’s a pretty good resting heart rate for a fit person, but we had been doing sprint intervals, pedalling flat out. I asked him about it after class and he laughed, “My chest strap slipped!” Until recently, […]

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My Pick: Fitbit Flex Fitness Band

There are some great smartphone apps for tracking physical activity, heart rate and sleep habits, but it becomes a bit of a drag after a while to keep entering data manually in all those different apps. Enter fitness tracker bands, wearable bracelet devices that passively track a combination of health behaviours while you get on […]

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Technology Innovations for Independent Aging

Meeting Baby Boomers’ expectations for long-term independent aging.  There are 77 million American Baby Boomers and they are turning 63 at a rate of nearly one every seven seconds. Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., and Director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), refers to Baby Boomers as “generation expectation” because they expect to live […]

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atrial fibrillation

New Canadian Heart Monitor for Atrial Fibrillation to Prevent Strokes

February is Heart Month and atrial fibrillation is making headlines again. A year ago, I spoke with Dr. David Gladstone about his EMBRACE trial for a new device, the first 30-day cardiac monitor for stroke patients. The monitoring belt tracks heart rhythm data continuously for a complete month rather than the standard Holter-monitor 24-hour test, […]

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Zeo Sleep Manager

Zeo Sleep Manager: The Science of a Sleep Lab at Home

Are you tired of waking up tired? Almost half of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights and more than half say they have a sleep problem every night, including snoring, waking up in the middle of the night, waking too early, […]

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Pain Squad App Helps Sick Kids Fight Cancer Pain

A new iPhone app called Pain Squad is helping kids with cancer fight pain, by helping them track how much pain they have, how long it lasts, where it hurts and what helps to keep it in check. Each year in Canada, 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer and they have to fight both the […]

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Cardiio App: Hands-Free Heart Rate Check

Now you can measure your resting heart rate hands-free with Cardiio, a mobile app developed by scientists and engineers at the MIT Media Lab. The technology works by turning your iPhone or iPad into a biosensor that measures how much light your face reflects.  Every time your heart beats, blood is pumped into your face, […]

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