A 42-year-old man from New Jersey recently showed up in an emergency ward following a seizure. After looking at the data collected by his Fitbit Charge HR, the doctors decided to reset his heart rate with an electrical cardioversion. It’s the first time in history that a fitness tracker was used in this way.
Patients are increasingly bringing their fitness-tracker data to their checkups. Not only are doctors ill-equipped to deal with this information—they’re skeptical that it’s even useful.
Wearable technologies like fitness trackers are becoming hugely popular, leading many to speculate about the potential for implantable technologies to augment human biology. The question that is often not asked however is: “How do we feel about living with technology on (or in) our bodies 24/7?”
Apple announced several things yesterday, but ResearchKit, the company's new medical research and health platform, is clearly the technology with the most potential to actually improve people's lives. Services like it are already at work around the globe, helping doctors and patients manage symptoms and improve…
Back in 2013, the FDA forced 23andme to pull its DNA testing kits in the United States, saying the personal genetics company was offering an untested diagnostic device. Now the FDA has given the okay for 23andme to test for one specific genetic disorder — a potential sign that the company's full offering may stage a…
Wouldn't it be amazing if we all had a personal medical scanning device like Star Trek's tricorder? Now the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is hoping to make it happen. We spoke to some contestants to learn how they're planning to win part of the $10 million in prize money.
The FDA has given personal genetics company 23andme 15 days to comply with health regulations, before the federal agency begins seizing the company's DNA testing kits. The FDA says 23andme is offering an untested "diagnostic" device in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Tiny computer chips installed on your teeth could one day allow you to monitor everything from the chemical composition of what you're eating, to your ratio of talking to chewing. This technology could be part of your "quantified self" regimen, or a whole new system of surveillance.