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Pacemaker wearers should keep distance from interfering smartphones

Researchers have warned those who wear a pacemaker or other cardiac devices to ensure they hold their smartphones to the opposite ear and to keep the handset away from the chest. According to Carsten Lennerz at the German Heart Centre, Munich, the electromagnetic interference (EMI) can cause the pacemakers to malfunction, briefly pausing the cardiac… Read More

Robotic pills to treat diabetes and arthritis

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced yesterday that it would be partnering with U.S. startup Rani Therapeutics to investigate the potential of robotic pills. The drug delivery platform developed by Rani administers “large-molecule” drugs without the need for needles. Insulin for diabetes patients and other injectable drugs, such as treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and multiple… Read More

More than a million CareFirst customer accounts exposed in security breach

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, one of the largest regional health insurers in the U.S., has confirmed a major security breach which is thought to have affected as many as 1.1 million customers. The Washington D.C.-based firm announced yesterday that the hack had taken place in June last year. CareFirst said that the breach had been a “sophisticated… Read More

App for cancer patients launches on Apple Watch to transform care quality

Healthcare tech firm Medopad has today announced the global launch of its Apple Watch chemotherapy app, with cancer patients at London’s King’s College Hospital the first to trial the solution. The app is already deployed in active-care settings around the world, including NHS hospitals and private health facilities. However, now taking advantage of the Apple Watch, the… Read More

IBM partners with Apple and Johnson & Johnson as it pushes Watson into medicine

IBM has announced new developments in creating its health care cloud, using its Watson artificial intelligence (AI) system to allow for remote and secure use of medical data fed from hospitals, health facilities and consumer devices such as smartphones and wearables. “We are convinced that by the size and scale of what we’re doing we… Read More