This week’s innovations include a cup that automatically tracks your drinking habits and a mouthguard that detects head injuries.

Each week PSFK.com 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 a cup that automatically tracks your drinking habits and a mouthguard that detects head injuries. Be sure to check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages to stay on top of all things health.

Can Data From Fitness Trackers Be Used To Transform Medicine?Fitness bands that track physical activity are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and now a growing number of physicians are formally studying how these wearables can improve patients health by urging people to get moving and stay active. Amy Wheeler, a primary-care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital, gave FitLinxx pedometers to 126 patients with Type 2 diabetes, in order to track how many steps the patients walked and linked to a software program that calculated whether patients met their exercise goals. Based on patients’ progress in meeting their goals, data from their electronic medical records, and whether it was sunny or rainy that day, patients would receive motivational tips via text message. Overall, patients who received the tips did a better job of controlling their blood-sugar levels than those who didn’t.

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