New Healthy Living Technologies

At a recent Health 2.0 conference, several new gadgets were on display that bring contemporary technology into the realm of preventative medicine and patient care. 

What's the Latest Development?


A recent Health 2.0 conference brought to light new gadgets that take advantage of cutting-edge technology to make living a healthy life a little easier. Among the more inventive products were the Lumoback, a band-aid sized sensor that, when affixed to your back, vibrates slightly when your posture deteriorates. It connects wirelessly to a smartphone app that tracks your posture over time. Another device which straps to the lower leg of the elderly patients keeps data that may be used to predict if that person is at risk to fall down. 

What's the Big Idea?

Several software innovations also made a splash at the conference. Caslight is a program that does for healthcare what many sites already do for consumer products: Compare prices. "The cost of common diagnostic tests and medical procedures can vary widely; a cholesterol test in the same city might cost from $11 to $150, for example. These costs are typically opaque to the consumer." Another program digitizes the Alcoholics Anonymous network so that members of its community will be alerted if another is suffering from emotional stress. 

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

People who engage in fat-shaming tend to score high in this personality trait

A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.

Pixabay
Mind & Brain
  • The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
  • The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
  • People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
Keep reading Show less

4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.

Moon Landing Apollo
popular
  • Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
  • Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
  • All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
Keep reading Show less

Reigning in brutality - how one man's outrage led to the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions

The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.

Napoleon III at the Battle of Solferino. Painting by Adolphe Yvon. 1861.
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
  • Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
  • Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
Keep reading Show less