How Smart Phone Apps Help Doctors Track Your Health

By Daniela Hernandez, Kaiser Health News Staff Writer, produced in collaboration with Wired Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home. With high-risk patients hooked up to “personal data trackers” – a portable electrocardiogram built into a smartphone case, for instance – he and his researchers can track the ups and downs of patients’ conditions as they …

5 Highlights of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Two million square feet of display space. Two giant halls (and some satellite venues) with 3,200 exhibitors hawking their high-tech wares. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is overwhelming, even for regulars. (CES runs Jan. 7-10) But a group of 50 explorers organized by the AARP Nevada office set out Jan. 7 with a very focused approach to the show. They were looking for gadgets, apps and products of particular interest to people over 50. Three of the …

¿Es malo usar los ‘gadgets’ para distraer a los niños?

Es pleno diciembre, se acerca la Navidad, la hora de comprar regalos… Ahora imagí­nate que estás en una reunion familiar con padres, tí­os, abuelos y otros parientes y dices con emoción que vas a regalarle una tableta a tu niño de 4 años. ¿Cómo crees que reaccionarí­an? Grupo 1: Los tradicionalistas se rasgarí­an las vestiduras y amenazarí­an con no pasar Navidad juntos porque les parece el colmo que gasten plata en un dispositivo que el niño no sabrá manejar y, …

Got Neck Pain? Blame Your Smartphone

Pity our poor necks, constantly bending forward for long periods as we read, text and play games on our smartphones, e-readers, iPads and other tech toys. The result of all this continual downward gazing is a growing number of people complaining about neck and back pain – or “text neck,” as the condition was dubbed by a Florida chiropractor. Slouching in a chair or on the couch reading your iPad – call it “iSlouch” – is causing similar aches and …

Could That ‘Star Trek’ Gadget Soon Be Diagnosing You?

If you’re a fan of the original Star Trek TV series and its myriad spin-offs, you may remember the medical tricorder - a futuristic gadget with special handheld sensors that the Enterprise’s intrepid crew used to check the vital signs of an injured or sick person. Pretty amazing, huh? Wouldn’t it be cool to actually have a gizmo like that to monitor your vital signs? Well, there’s a good chance that a real-life version of the Star Trek device will be available …

Technology Making Strides for Disabled People

The Chicago Tribune has a great piece today how technological innovation is creating new opportunities for disabled people. And boy, are they: “Sophie Prunty has a rare neurological disorder that makes it difficult for her to get around and communicate. But fastened to the front of the teen’s wheelchair is a computer that has changed her life. Looking like an overgrown iPad, the touch-screen tablet allows Sophie, 16, to control devices such as a television and an MP3 player. Most …