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Wearable Biosensors Can Tell You When To See the Doctor
Your watch might be able to tell you it’s time to call in sick. Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have revealed the ability of wearable biosensors, similar to the Apple Watch or Fitbit, to detect physiological changes that may indicate illness, even before symptoms appear. The findings, published in PLoS Biology, may open the door to new ways to manage and monitor health, especially for those with limited access to doctors or clinics.
Changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature can reveal health issues, such as cardiovascular disease or infection. While these are evaluated at yearly checkups, without more frequent monitoring, diseases can go unnoticed and progress between doctor visits. Additionally, these parameters vary greatly over the course of the day and between individuals, so a one-time reading may not be representative or give enough inf
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The Medical Minute: Is It A Bad Cold Or RSV?
Kids get colds – sometimes, lots of them. But when runny noses and coughs turn into trouble breathing, the problem could indicate RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus.
RSV hits the youngest the hardest, often producing bronchiolitis or pneumonia in children ages two and younger.
“About 20 or 30% of those who have upper respiratory tract infections due to RSV develop lower respiratory tract infections,” said Dr. George McSherry, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Penn State Children's Hospital.
He said RSV and influenza are typically the most common reasons children see a doctor during the winter months.
While initial symptoms look much like those of any other cold, children with RSV may start breathing faster or wheezing three to five days after coming down with the cold. Sometimes, appetite decreases, the child may be irritable or lethargic, and have a fever.
When breathing t
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Study Finds Supervised Self-Injection With Empty Syringes Improved Comfort In Food-Allergic Adolescents Administering Epinephrine
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have found that supervised self-injection with empty syringes makes many food-allergic adolescents and their parents more comfortable with using the life-saving devices. The results were published on in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.
Eighty-three percent of the teenagers in the first-of-its-kind, randomized controlled study and 88% of parents, described the intervention as beneficial. Seventy percent of the youths said the intervention helped improve their ability to self-inject.
The intervention may translate into significant clinical benefits.
Nearly 6 million children have food allergies in the United States. While deaths from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that causes shortness of breath, vomiting, and lightheadedness are uncommon, they occur most often in adolescents and young adu
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No Lion, Mild Weather Could Mean A Severe And Early Allergy Season
For large sections of the country, the mild winter weather has meant that March did not come in like a lion this year.
For most people, those warmer winter temperatures have meant a break from home heating bills and a chance to get an early start on outdoor activities. But those same warmer temperatures mean something else for the millions of Americans who suffer from the sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes and scratchy throats of seasonal allergies.
“For weeks, I’ve had patients arrive in my office with complaints of allergy symptoms,” said Dr. Jennifer Caudle a family physician with Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Tree pollen and mold are the primary allergens during the springtime ‘sneezing season.’ The mild winter means that mold spores in the environment could continue to grow and spread rather than go dormant. And now, trees are starting to bloom across much of