mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories

mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories   mobile health mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this past week.

On Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stepped up to aid in the global effort to curtail the alarming rate at which the deadly Ebola virus continues to spread.

More than 500,000 people die annually in Africa from malaria. That’s based on the latest data available from the WHO.

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Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference Set for October 22nd

Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference Set for October 22nd   mHealth Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference healthcare If you’re in Pasadena, California next Wednesday, October 22nd, you may want to head over to The Pasadena Towers at 10 a.m

As part of the Innovate Pasadena Connect Week, the Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference will take place Wednesday.

The event will help bring together everyone to talk about healthcare problems, come up with ideas, do group collaboration and come up with potential solutions.

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New Research Reveals the Swift Impact of Antidepressants in Many Patients

New Research Reveals the Swift Impact of Antidepressants in Many Patients   drugs Antidepressants According to a new report in Current Biology, it has now been shown that even a single dose of an antidepressant drug (in this case, escitalopram, known by its trade name, Lexapro) can cause dramatic and almost immediate changes to the human brain.

While this may not sound overtly unusual, given that Lexapro is a drug designed to cause changes in the human brain, scientists weren’t aware of the fact that the changes occurred so quickly, or that they affected as much of the brain as the studies showed they do.

In fact, even though these so-called SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs are some of the most studied, as well as frequently prescribed, drugs being used in the world today, scientists still aren’t exactly sure how they work.

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$10.8M Awarded to University of Memphis for Major Mobile Initiative

$10.8M Awarded to University of Memphis for Major Mobile Initiative   University of Memphis The National Institutes of Health mobile health mHealth According to the Columbia Daily Herald, The National Institutes of Health announced a $10.8million federal research grant to The University of Memphis to put them at the center of a national experiment to collect medical data relayed from mobile sensors to be worn.

The university’s research center is part of NIH’s larger $656 million campaign to make “wider use of technology” in healthcare. Memphis researchers win about $100 million per year in NIH grants, but few businesses and tech jobs have been created in the city. NIH is the government’s largest source of grants for basic scientific research and distributed $30.1billion last year.

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mHealth Market on the Move: Home Monitoring for Elderly

mHealth Market on the Move: Home Monitoring for Elderly   telemedicine remote patient monitoring Mobile Devices Elderly Digital Life package ABI Research According to a new report from ABI Research, over the next five years a new generation of elderly home care services will drive wearable device shipments to more than 44 million by 2019 (that’s up from 6 million in 2013).

Shipments of wearable devices linked to elderly care systems will more than double in 2014 from the previous year.

Tech-savvy families are turning to home monitoring solutions to make sure that their aging family member’s safety and wellness are being monitored. Niche players including BeClose, GrandCare Systems, and others have emerged to capitalize on a combination of market demand and the potential to leverage connected devices and systems.

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Mobile Tech Becoming a Runner’s Best Friend

Mobile Tech Becoming a Runners Best Friend   Trainer running runners mobile mHealth news mHealth Mettis In the near future, market analysts say, you’ll be hard pressed to find a serious runner who doesn’t use some form of mobile technology to either track their activities, monitor their stats, or as we’re seeing more frequently, to help improve their runs.

As mHealthWatch has previously reported, one of the standout platforms in the category of unique mobile solutions capable of helping runners optimize their movements and maximize their runs is Mettis Trainer — a shoe insert with a corresponding app that informs the runner of each foot’s balance and pressure points for the purpose of correcting the way the foot strikes the ground.

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Facebook Boss Joins The Global Fight Against Ebola

Facebook Boss Joins The Global Fight Against Ebola   mobile Mark Zuckerberg healthcare facebook Ebola On Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stepped up to aid in the global effort to curtail the alarming rate at which the deadly Ebola virus continues to spread.

Last night, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, confirmed their plans to donate $25 million to help fight the horrid virus.

We’re told the funds will be given to the Center for Disease Control Foundation.
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