vital signs

How Smart Phone Apps Help Doctors Track Your Health

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy 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 …

Annoying? Unnecessary? Waking Patients for Vitals

Posted on 07/3/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAsk anyone who’s spent time in a hospital: One of the most annoying things is how the nurses wake you during the night to check your vital signs. Wouldn’t it be better for our health to let us sleep? Yes, says a new study, confirming what patients have groused about since 1893, when this practice first started. According to research published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, low-risk patients may heal faster and have a better attitude during …

40,000 Health Apps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyChristine Porter is hooked on the My Fitness Pal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets. “This is like my main page here,” says Porter, who lost 42 pounds in nine months. “It’s telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the ‘add to diary’ button. I’m on it all day either through my …

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

Posted on 05/30/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf 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 …