Top Five Health Innovations of the Week

This week’s innovations include an app that helps patients manage their migraines and a bra that can detect breast cancer.

Each week with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include an app that helps patients manage their migraines and a bra that can detect breast cancer. Be sure to check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages to stay on top of all things health.


Migraine Tracking App Is Like Having A Doctor On Call
Migraine Buddy is an Android app developed in Singapore which aims to assist those who suffer from chronic migraines. The app tries to understand what causes headaches and how best to stop them from happening. Besides asking users questions about their migraine, habits, and medication with a questionnaire, it knows what they’re up to by collecting data about sleep and movement patterns using the smartphone’s sensors. Once the app collects enough data, it creates a report highlighting when the symptoms happened, and what were the top triggers. It even finds out the most effective medication for by recording what was used and comparing that information with the severity of the migraine, giving patients a much better tool to understand and control their headaches.


Smartphone Displays Detect Body Fluids To Make A Health Diagnosis
Researchers at Polytechnique Montréal in Canada, collaborating with glass maker Corning, are developing a ‘smart’ glass for mobile devices that can analyze fluids on its surface. Such a capability may allow smartphones, wearables and tablets to expand their usefulness in personal medicine, security, and food and environmental safety. These features could also be indispensable for a mobile-devices industry fixated on playing a bigger role in health and fitness. If successful, the technology would allow for smartphone users to get a quick and accurate diagnosis for their illness simply by sneezing on their screen.


Software Scans Family Photos To Detect Genetic Disorders
Researchers at the at the University of Oxford have created a breakthrough technology that allows computers to analyze digital photographs and compare them to publicly available photos of people with genetic disorders. From this, the computer can to learn to identify conditions based off factors like the shape and size of eyes, eyebrows, lips, and noses. This testing revealed that 93 percent of all predictions were accurate. Currently, the software is able to identify 90 different rare genetic disorders, making it easy for patients to get an accurate and inexpensive initial diagnosis on their health simply by scanning a picture of their face.


Wearable Defibrillator Vest Delivers Life-Saving Shocks
Biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University have created a wearable defibrillator that could be worn by those at risk of heart attacks. Built around a sleek and lightweight vest, it’s an attempt to replace current clunky personal defibrillator designs that are worn on a harness around the neck. The concealed shirt-like garment can deliver life-saving shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems. The student team was tasked with developing a system that would lead to greater compliance among patients.


Connected Bra Monitors Body Heat For Breast Cancer Detection
First Warning Systems has created the FWS Circadian Biometric Recorder (CBRTM), a cancer-detecting bra that enables women to identify malignant tumors in their earliest stages. It uses sensors to detect unusual heat patterns in breast tissue in order to identify abnormalities before they become a big problem. The CBRTM is applied via a bra insert and records thermodynamic metabolic data, gathering changes in cell activity over a 2 to 12 hour period, after which the results are wirelessly transmitted to a computer for analysis. Early research has shown that there’s a 74% correlation to the actual state of cancer in all types of breast tissue, which aids the accurate recording of abnormal dynamic tissue processes which are indicative of the presence of cancer.

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