March 18, 2016

Technology Trends: Wellness Through Technology

Modern technology creates new engaging ways to inspire us to lead healthier lifestyles and take better care of our health. Thanks to incredible advances in mobile health technology, we can now easily track how much we exercise, what we eat, how well we sleep, or how stressed we feel. There are wearable devices that help manage chronic conditions, and smartphone apps that allow us to monitor environmental risk factors.

While technology alone can’t solve every health challenge, it can be a valuable tool in assessing various risk factors, detecting emerging symptoms, and enabling earlier interventions to achieve better outcomes.

This week, we explore how technology can help us manage our health and the potential implications of large-scale technology introduction into the healthcare market.

The Intersection of Health and WellnessHuffington Post

The modern technology boom has brought us countless innovative tools that are aimed at improving our health and wellbeing. Today, we have access to unique digital devices and software programs that enable us to monitor, quantify, and control our various body functions and activities – from sun exposure and food intake to stress levels and physical activity. This article presents a sample of digital wellness initiatives that we have at our fingertips.

Does Mobile Health Technology Help the Heart?Medical News Today

A group of scientists from the American Heart Association (AHA) conducted a research project in order to find out whether popular gadgets and apps that track physical activity actually have a direct impact on cardiovascular health. Studies connect heart disease with a number of risk factors, including smoking, high cholesterol level, elevated blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, etc. What AHA scientists found was that, while mobile health technologies can help reduce risk factors by encouraging healthier lifestyles, there simply isn’t enough research data available to detect a more direct correlation between technologies and heart health.

Brain Games Are Not Just Kid’s Play, Aging Experts SayNBC News

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, of the University of California San Francisco, is a neuroscientist at the forefront of the brain-game movement, whose work is focused on demonstrating that a video game might be more effective than a pill in keeping older minds sharp. Dr. Gazzaley designed a game called NeuroRacer and had a group of seniors play it three times a week for a month. At the end of this study, he discovered that the game drastically improved the participants’ performance on a number of cognitive tests. NeuroRacer was giving the brain just the right type of exercise to improve working memory, attention span, and thought processes. This kind of digital medicine might be the next big game-changer in the healthcare market.

“See” What You Breathe with New Air-Quality MonitorLive Science

Poor indoor air quality can cause a number of health issues, from eye and nose irritation to serious respiratory infections, bronchitis, and even lung cancer. The AirVisual Node – a gadget engineered by a global team of scientists – is a technologically advanced way to help people identify pollutants in their homes and protect their families’ health from air pollution.

The New Disruptors of Old AgeThe Atlantic

According to statistics, 10,000 Americans will be turning 65 every day for the next decade. Seeing the increasing proportion of elderly people in the U.S., engineers and software developers are now using technology to revolutionize the way we approach aging. Retirement age people, like any other age group, want to live active, exciting lives. This article outlines ways in which different gadgets can help seniors maintain their autonomy and independence, and use technology to prove that the myths of aging are just myths.