Apple patents multi-parameter, phone-based health tracking

Apple  has been granted a patent for phone technology using a front-facing camera and light, proximity, and multiple sensors to measure body fat, heart rate, circulation, blood pressure, and breathing, as well as emotional state via galvanic skin response. The device computes health data of the user based upon sensor data regarding the received light. It has been reported […]

Single blood draw detects 1250 pathogens from cell-free DNA

Karius‘s  next-generation sequencing detects fragments of 1250 microbes from a single blood draw.  Identifying microbial cell-free DNA from bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa can facilitate the rapid diagnosis of infectious disease.  Current diagnostics only detect a narrow range of pathogens, and may require invasive biopsies. This fast and comprehensive analysis could enable more effective, targeted […]

Headset-free mixed reality

Disney Research’s Magic Bench is a mixed-reality technology that lets multiple users interact with animated characters, with out headsets or handheld devices.  When seated on the Magic Bench, one sees a mirrored image on a large display, creating a third-person point of view. The scene is reconstructed using a depth sensor, allowing participants to occupy […]

Alzheimer’s diagnosis disputed in up to 50% of PET study subjects

James Hendrix and Alzheimer’s Association colleagues are conducting a study to see how PET scans could change the nature of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment. 4,000 of 18,000 subjects have been tested to date, with a stunning result showing that a significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may […]