New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone

By California Healthline | PUBLISHED: March 13, 2018 at 4:43 pm | UPDATED: March 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm By Gabi Redford, California Healthline Nancy Delano, 80, of Denver has no plans to slow down anytime soon. She still drives to movies, plays and dinners out with friends. A retired elder care nurse who lives alone, she also knows that “when you reach a certain age, emergencies can happen fast.” So, when her son, Tom Rogers, talked to her about installing a remote monitoring system, she didn’t hesitate. With motion sensors placed throughout the house, Rogers can see if his mom is moving around, if she’s sleeping (or not), if she forgot to lock the door and, based on a sophisticated algorithm that detects behavioral patterns, whether her activity level or eating habits have changed significantly, for instance. “It gives both of us peace of mind, particularly as she ages and wants to live at home,” said Rogers, who lives near Washington, D.C., hundreds of miles away from her. At $45-$60 a month (plus an upfront fee of $100 to $200),’s Wellness system is markedly less expensive than options such as hiring a home health aide to check on her or moving her into a retirement community. The average cost of nursing home care exceeds $95,000 a year, while assisted living and in-home care tops $45,000 annually, according to a 2017 Genworth Financial report. The exorbitant costs of nursing home and assisted living care are driving sales — and innovation — in the technology market, said Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of “The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care.” For many, the technology offers not just the tools they need to continue to live at home, but newfound confidence and connectedness with faraway family and friends. Topol calls it “monitored independence,” and it is Continue Reading

Skip the doctor’s office thanks to new technology

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri -- "I said 'that is awesome'!"That's the way Beverly Barnhart reacted to finding out about a tiny sensor, no bigger than a penny, which was implanted into her pulmonary artery during a simple outpatient surgery, according to KYTV. Each day she lays on a special pillow that transmits her artery pressure through a modem to her doctor.If the doctor sees any signs of fluid in her lungs that can lead to congestive heart failure, he will contact her about changing her medications."It gives me some confidence knowing that there's someone there who's watching me all the time," Barnahart said.She is one of only 13 patients that Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri has outfitted with the device, so far. But that number will grow as technology helps detect problems even before the symptoms appear."We went from having to monitor for the weight change which is usually only a day or two before the patient ends up in the hopsital. So we had a very narrow window to intervene," said cardiologist Dr. Gerard Oghlakian. "Now these numbers get worse weeks, sometimes, definitely days before the patient feels the difference or ends up in the emergency room. So it gives us a larger window to intervene." It is estimated that 5.7 million Americans have heart failure, and more people die from cardiovascular disease than cancer in Missouri each year.But this sensor is just the latest example of the way research money like donations made to the American Heart Association can help save lives."Every day something is changing, and we're so excited.There's things that are released every day. There's research that's funded that comes to fruition that's actually out there that are affecting patients' lives. And we're thrilled with people being able to have these options that they didn't even have two years ago," said Peggy Scott with the American Heart Association.A proud member of the Red Hat Society, Barnhart has seen her quality of life improve, having Continue Reading

How New Technologies Are Helping to Fight Crime

Crime never sleeps, sad to say, so over the years, law enforcement professionals have fought a constant battle to reduce the numbers. So many steps have been taken to reduce crime levels as well as to help those who have been accused, but technology has been one of the most crucial driving forces in fighting crime. Firearms injuries and other violent crimes can sometimes be predicted and prevented, thanks to some key recent trends in tech. Predictive Policing Tools Although no tools that can predict the precise people who might get injured, or the time a particular crime will be committed, some incredible technologies have enabled the police to predict the likelihood of crime in certain locales. Daniel Neill, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, was a key team member behind the creation of a tool known as CrimeScan. It generates maps of the areas where crime is most likely to occur. The information is based on a variety of data, including arrest records, dates of recent crimes, locations of high criminal activity, and other relevant input. It has been an incredible resource for preventing crimes before they happen. With the stats in mind, police departments can dispatch a certain number of units to roam the streets and watch for suspicious activity. They might also focus on certain individuals who are at a high risk of committing another offense. “Police already know where the bad neighborhoods are,” Neill told NBC News. “What they don’t always know is the dynamics — like when a bad neighborhood is suddenly going to see a flare-up in crime. Those are the sorts of questions [predictive policing] can answer.” The results from use of this technology have been outstanding. After using the tool to monitor crime across L.A., law enforcement personnel reported the predictive model was twice as accurate at pinpointing crime hotspots than their previous models. Crime rates fell significantly as a consequence. General Continue Reading

New technology solves wildlife mysteries in California

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Under Armour, Nike, Adidas race to ‘personalize’ products with new technology

Under Armour, Nike, Adidas race to ‘personalize’ products with new technology By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun January 4, 2018 Photo: Michel Cottin /Agence Zoom /Getty Images Under Armour keeps a 3D body scan of Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn whenever she needs to be outfitted with new workout clothes. Under Armour — and rival sports brands Nike and Adidas — are banking on a growing consumer appetite for shoes and apparel that look or feel as customized as a built-in cabinet. Under Armour keeps a 3D body scan of Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn... BALTIMORE — When Olympic skiing champion Lindsey Vonn needs custom-fitted workout clothes or cross-training shoes, she contacts Under Armour, her longtime sponsor. “I’ve got a 3D body scan,” Vonn said, “so whenever we need to make something custom like a new turtleneck they can get that going.” Most Popular 1 Board decides to suspend play by symphony 2 2018 High School Soccer Preview: Players to Watch 3 Spurs’ short-term pain still has a purpose 4 Spurs notebook: Rookie Paul owes Sixers a debt 5 Parscale summoned to testify over Russian meddling Most of the rest of us have not submitted to 3D modeling, in which sensors take intricate measurements that allow clothes to be made that drape just right. But Under Armour — and rival sports brands Nike and Adidas — are banking on a growing consumer appetite for shoes and apparel that look or feel as customized as a built-in cabinet. “We see customization and personalization as the new expectation from consumers really,” said Dave Dombrow, Under Armour’s chief designer. “It’s a very important topic to us.” The idea is to market a personalized approach akin to what the brands do free for their celebrity athletes — a Vonn, a Stephen Curry or a LeBron James — who often are Continue Reading

New technology aims to slow damage to Georgia O’Keeffe works

SANTA FE, N.M. Chemical reactions are gradually darkening many of Georgia O'Keeffe's famously vibrant paintings, and art conservation experts are hoping new digital imaging tools can help them slow the damage. Scientific experts in art conservation from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Chicago area announced plans this week to develop advanced 3-D imaging technology to detect destructive buildup in paintings by O'Keeffe and eventually other artists in museum collections around the world. Dale Kronkright, art conservationist at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, said the project builds on efforts that began in 2011 to monitor the preservation of O'Keeffe paintings using high-grade images from multiple sources of light. That prevented taking physical samples that might damage the works. Destructive buildup of soap can emerge as paintings age. It happens as fats in the original oil paints combine with alkaline materials contained in pigments or drying agents. Tiny blisters emerge in the paint and turn into protrusions that resemble tiny grains of sand and can appear translucent or white. Thousands of the tiny blemishes can noticeably darken a painting. "They're a little bit bigger than human hair, and you can see them with the naked eye," Kronkright said. The creeping problem looms not only over O'Keeffe's iconic paintings of enlarged flowers and the New Mexico desert but also the vast majority of 20th century oil paintings in museums, in part because professional-grade canvases from the period were primed with nondrying fats or oils, Kronkright said. To develop imaging technology that can assess the growth of the protrusions, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $350,000 to the O'Keeffe museum and a collaborative art-conservation center run by Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago. The project aims to create a web-based system that allows any art conservator to upload and analyze images of paintings in efforts to limit Continue Reading

Here’s how new technologies are tackling the opioid crisis

New York tech investor Steve Schlafman was recently texting old high school friends about a tragedy that has hit his hometown of Swampscott, Massachusetts, and communities like it across the country: the opioid crisis. Schlafman, 38, knows over a dozen people from Swampscott who have overdosed and died from these drugs. A few years ago, while working as a principal at venture capital firm RRE Ventures, he visited more than 10 recovery centers and programs in the U.S. as part of an effort to research treatment options for addicts. In the process, he discovered a company named Groups, which operates opioid treatment clinics in California, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio. Schlafman combined his passion for the subject with his role as a venture capitalist and led a $4 million financing round in 2015. Bessemer Venture Partners is also a backer. "A lot of these people know that they have a problem, and they want to get off of it," said Schlafman, who has since left RRE and now invests on his own. Groups is an odd choice for venture investors, who typically bet on companies selling software, technology infrastructure and connected devices with the hope of generating outsized returns when those start-ups eventually get acquired or go public. But Schlafman and other venture investors clearly see an opportunity to make money while simultaneously having a positive impact. Since 2000, more than 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids, according to the government. President Donald Trump recently declared opioid abuse a national public health emergency. Headquartered in New York, Groups has 33 clinics and is merging Continue Reading

Trump meets wireless, drone executives on new technologies

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T Inc and General Electric Co and other business leaders. The White House brought together venture capitalists and executives from the telecommunications and drone, or unmanned aerial system, industries to discuss how the government can speed technologies to market. The meeting, which lasted more than three hours including breakout sessions, is part of Trump's effort to tap industry experts on how to boost U.S. competitiveness in various fields and create jobs. On Monday, Trump met with the heads of 18 U.S. technology companies including Apple Inc, Inc and Microsoft Corp, seeking their help to make the government's computing systems more efficient. He will meet with energy industry leaders next week. "We want them to create new companies and lots of jobs," Trump told the executives on Thursday. "We're going to give you the competitive advantage that you need." In attendance were chief executives of several drone companies including Kespry Inc, AirMap, Airspace Inc, Measure UAS Inc, Trumbull Unmanned, and PrecisionHawk Inc. Drone makers argued that the administration should move faster to approve broader commercial use of drones and noted that the Transportation Department does not require automakers to win pre-approval of self-driving vehicle technologies. Senior executives at Xcel Energy Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and CenturyLink Inc also took part. Venture capital firms included Revolution LLC, headed by AOL co-founder Steve Case, 500 Startups, Cayuga Ventures, Epic Ventures and Lightspeed Ventures. Obama administration rules opened the skies to low-level small drones for education, research and routine commercial use. The Trump administration is considering whether to Continue Reading

Daily Checkup: New technologies help cardiac patients battle stent thrombosis

The specialist: A medical cardiologist with a Ph.D. in pharmacology, Dr. Jean-Sebastien Hulot specializes in using genomic technologies to provide better treatment for patients with cardiovascular disease. This is the final column in a series marking Heart Awareness month. Who’s at risk: Every year, more than 1 million Americans with cardiovascular disease have stents inserted to prop open clogged arteries leading to the heart. Overall, these stenting procedures are highly effective, but a minority of patients can develop complications. “Stent thrombosis is when a clot forms due to the reaction of your blood to the materials that have been placed in the artery,” says Hulot. “Somewhere between 1%-3% of patients who receive a stent develop stent thrombosis, so it’s a rare problem, but a serious one. Up to 30% of patients die.” Because the vast majority of patients can receive a stent safely, doctors are working hard to identify which patients fall into that 1%-3% of patients who reject it. “We’ve known for a while that patients are at higher risk if they have diabetes, heart failure or a type C lesion, which means the blockage in their artery is very developed and diffuse,” says Hulot. “Having an emergency stent procedure also puts you at higher risk than having it electively.” But overall, the identification of high-risk patients remains limited. LEARN MORE ABOUT HEART DISEASE Signs and symptoms: The clot that accompanies stent thrombosis blocks the artery, thus causing a recurrence of the symptoms that led the patient to have the procedure in the first place. “The symptoms are severe: big chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness and eventually, heart attack,” says Hulot. “We think about 30% of patients who develop stent thrombosis die from the ensuing heart attack.” If you experience these symptoms soon after a stent procedure, Continue Reading

Tech firm Pegasus Global to build futuristic ‘smart city’ to test new technologies in New Mexico

A tech firm plans on building its own "smart city" in New Mexico. The community would serve as a playground for new and innovative technologies using renewable green energy, wireless devices and smarter traffic systems. By building the pseudo city, officially dubbed The Center, inventors and research companies would be able to test their new ideas under real-world circumstances. "The idea for The Center was born out of our own company's challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile lab environment," said Robert H. Brumley, CEO of Pegasus Global, the company spearheading the project. The Center would resemble a mid-sized American city, including urban canyons, suburban neighborhoods, rural communities and distant localities. "[It] will allow private companies, not for profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies prior to introduction," he said. Pegasus Global is in talks to develop the privately financed, high-tech community in New Mexico, where it could encompass 20 square miles of "open, unimproved land." "We were drawn to New Mexico by [Gov. Susana Martinez] and her administration's encouragement of private-sector led, technology-based projects," Brumley added. The unique project could ultimately employ more than 3,000 people and would cost $200 million to create. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading