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ResearchKit, presented by Apple's Jeff Williams in March, enables app creation to aid medical research.
May 3, 2015 Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.
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A typical interaction with a Lark weight loss coach.
April 25, 2015 The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.
Athos workout wear includes sensors that measure muscle activity.
Tim Mantoani/Courtesy of Athos
April 3, 2015 Startups are developing clothing with sensors that measure heart rate, breathing and muscle activity. Fitness enthusiasts are the target market. But the garments could be used for health care, too.
Smartphones can now capture high-quality images of the front and back of an eye.
Courtesy of David Myung
October 20, 2014 Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.
He's working; really, he is.
August 29, 2014 You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.
Lively is a sensor that can be attached to a pill box, keys or doors. It lets people know whether aging parents are taking their medicines or sticking to their routines.
Courtesy of Lively
July 8, 2014 There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.
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Manic, sad, up, down. Your voice may reveal mood shifts.
May 31, 2014 Speech patterns change when people enter the manic phase of bipolar disorder, doctors say. A smartphone app might be able to detect those shifts and improve treatment.
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