New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help accurately predict sleep apnea and hypertension

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:30
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

A new study released from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that wearable devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

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FDA initiates program towards streamlining approvals for digital devices

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017, 05:12
Category: Health, iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, Software, watchOS

This may help Apple’s plans to help make HealthKit ubiquitous and to get digital patient records out in a timely manner.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week released a statement on how the government agency is aiming to streamline innovation of digital health and medical technology through a new approach to regulating devices:

FDA will soon be putting forward a broad initiative that is focused on fostering new innovation across our medical product centers. I will have more to say on many elements of this initiative soon. However, today I want to focus on one critical aspect of this innovation initiative: A new Digital Health Innovation Plan that is focused on fostering innovation at the intersection of medicine and digital health technology. This plan will include a novel, post-market approach to how we intend to regulate these digital medical devices.

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Apple Watch could help detect signs of atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of strokes

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Wearables

This could be helpful, if not potentially life-saving.

A team of researchers just proved that the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor can actually detect an early sign of heart disease without any symptoms at all, a development that could change how people use their Apple Watches.

The sensor can accurately detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rate that can lead to stroke or heart disease. While atrial fibrillation can be caused by a variety of factors, including high blood pressure, this doesn’t qualify the Apple Watch as a diagnostic device. Still, its accurate heart rate sensor shows there is potential for the watch as a health and fitness tool beyond its basic fitness-tracking features.

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Apple buys Gliimpse, apparently looking into health data

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2016, 07:30
Category: Finance, Health, News

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Apple has apparently acquired Gliimpse, a health startup whose stated aim is to allow any American to pull together a comprehensive picture of their health, which they would be free to share with medical professionals as desired.

The acquisition reportedly happened “earlier this year” and has yet to be noted by Apple or published on the Gliimpse web site. For its part, Apple offered its usual “non-denial” statement that it ‘buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.’

Interestingly, Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi started out as an Apple engineer back in the late 80s, before becoming a serial entrepreneur after forming and taking public his company Sequoia Software. He said that he formed Gliimpse out of a frustration at the incompatibility of existing Electronic Health Record systems.

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Apple eliminates 2 more toxins from iPhone production

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 08:08
Category: Apple, Environment, Health, News

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Over the years, either voluntarily or by pressure from environmentalists, Apple has paved the way toward eliminating hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and arsenic in the production of their products. Getting the ball rolling several years was no easy task as Apple was pressured mercilessly by Greenpeace to “clean up their act”. Now in 2014, Apple is the leader in safer production practices and renewable energy. Now Apple is adding two more chemicals to its list of banned toxins, benzene and n-hexane.

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Doctor sets the bar for Apple’s Health app

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Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 08:24
Category: Apple, Apps, Features, Health, iOS, Software

482887779JS023_APPLE_HOSTS_Do a search for “health tracker” in the App Store and you’ll get a list of 500 apps before the search truncates the list. Health apps are a dime a dozen. The apps track everything from diet (calories, weight) to activities (running, biking) to vital body readings (blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate), some integrated with hardware such as Withings Blood Pressure Monitor. When Apple finally releases its Health app, what will make it any different or more valuable than the other 500 apps? Well, according to Dr. Thomas J. Morrow who holds the position of Chief Medical Officer at Next IT, developers of virtual assistant technology for healthcare, Apple needs to include 3 vital functions if the Health app is to set itself apart from the crowd.

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