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UCLA researchers employ Google Glass app as disease diagnostics tool

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — A team of researchers from UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a Google Glass application and a server platform that allow users of the wearable, glasses-like computer to perform instant, wireless diagnostic testing for a variety of diseases and health conditions.

With the new UCLA technology, Google Glass wearers can use the device’s hands-free camera to capture pictures of rapid diagnostic tests, small strips on which blood or fluid samples are placed and which change color to indicate the presence of HIV, malaria, prostate cancer or other conditions. Without relying on any additional devices, users can upload these images to a UCLA-designed server platform and receive accurate analyses — far more detailed than with the human eye — in as little as eight seconds.

According to the group, the new technology could enhance the tracking of diseases and improve public health monitoring and rapid responses in disaster-relief areas or quarantine zones where conventional medical tools are not available or feasible, the researchers said.

"This breakthrough technology takes advantage of gains in both immunochromatographic rapid diagnostic tests and wearable computers," stated principal investigator Aydogan Ozcan, the Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at UCLA and associate director of UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute. "This smart app allows for real-time tracking of health conditions and could be quite valuable in epidemiology, mobile health and telemedicine."

The research is published online in the peer-reviewed journal ACS Nano.

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BioElectronics, supplier of pain relief products, initiates consumer awareness program

BY Michael Johnsen

FREDERICK, Md. — BioElectronics, maker of consumer medical devices and drug-free pain therapies, earlier this week announced that it is participating in upcoming consumer educational events and programs as part of an international campaign to discuss alternative pain modalities.

BioElectronics is participating in “Take Control of Your Pain” day sponsored by the U.S. Pain Foundation on March 9 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mac Stein, a registered physical therapist, will answer questions and provide information about drug-free treatment of injuries and chronic pain.   

“Consumers should know that physical therapy, especially when augmented with pain-relief devices like those made by BioElectronics can provide significant relief by quickly minimizing pain and reducing swelling," Stein said. "ActiPatch seamlessly integrates with most pain-management programs.” 

ActiPatch was recently picked up for distribution by Boots in the United Kingdom. “ActiPatch brings real innovation to both consumers and customers," stated Paul Screawn, director of GRO-International, European Brand Managers. “The innovation and the consumer benefits of long lasting, safe and affordable pain relief gained the interest of the Boots team. Their input and guidance has been invaluable in ensuring the brand is relevantly positioned to grow in the United Kingdom and broader European markets."

Additional upcoming installments of BioElectronics educational program on Google Plus News, “Get Out of Pain,” will feature a panel of medical experts providing consumer-level education highlighting drug-free pain treatment.  

 

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GN ReSound launches hearing aid compatible with Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod

BY Michael Johnsen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — GN ReSound recently launched its ReSound LiNX in global markets as a hearing aid capable of streaming high-quality stereo sound from an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without the need for an additional pendant-like device. Users can also customize their hearing experience through the ReSound Smart App. 

“We saw an opportunity to create the world’s best hearing aid by combining the capability of GN ReSound’s life-changing technologies with the compatibility and global prevalence of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch,” stated GN ReSound CEO Lars Viksmoen. “We are committed to improving people’s lives through use of innovative technology and look forward to more people correcting their hearing with this new technology — a triumph in accessibility for the hearing impaired.”

ReSound LiNX incorporates a number of ReSound technologies, including:

  • ReSound LiNX applies a version of Surround Sound by ReSound – an integrated sound processing technology;
  • ReSound LiNX is a Made for iPhone hearing aid that offers direct streaming of sound from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, allowing wearers to utilize their hearing aids to talk on the phone and listen to music in high-quality stereo sound without the need for an additional remote control, accessory or pendant;
  • The accompanying ReSound Smart App allows users to set preferred volume levels as well as treble/bass settings, and use geo-tagging to assign and adjust to the acoustics of frequently visited places like home, work and favorite restaurant, among other locations;
  • ReSound Smart also features a ‘Find My Hearing Aid’ function to help users pinpoint their hearing aids if misplaced;
  • ReSound LiNX is the smallest wireless Receiver-in-the-Ear hearing aid brought to market by GN ReSound, yet powerful enough to address 90% of all hearing losses; and
  • GN ReSound’s unique 3rd generation 2.4 GHz wireless technology, based on the all new SmartRange chipset, is the foundation of this latest technological breakthrough. ReSound LiNX is the first hearing aid on the market to integrate SmartRange with Bluetooth Smart technology.

 

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