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(AP) A new app is making it easier to donate blood. The American Red Cross describes the app as a first of its kind. It allows users to schedule blood donations, locate a donation center, track their donations and invite friends to join in the giving, among other features. The app can also synchronize a blood donation appointment with the donor's schedule and lead to exclusive discounts at retailers. Call[ed] the Blood Donor App, it is free and available for download in app stores.
(Scientific American) Just when it seems there's a mobile app for just about everything, psychologists have shown there's room for one more: they are using smartphones to help them better understand the dynamics of moral and immoral behavior out in the community.
(Reuters) Developers of apps for mobile devices are asking a U.S. agency to clarify its rules for protecting patient health information to reflect the fast-evolving technology… In the letter viewed by Reuters, the developers said they are struggling to compete with larger vendors that have the resources to hire lawyers and consultants. They say they must rely on government websites, which have not been updated recently. Regulators "have not kept pace with the rapid growth of technology that gives users greater access to healthcare providers and more control over their health information," the letter said.
(Science Daily) Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their wellness goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses through companion computer programs and mobile apps. Given the large market for these devices, researchers analyzed 13 of these devices to compare how the devices and their apps work to motivate the wearer.
(Science Daily) Medical researchers have designed a remote medical care system that supports the rehabilitation of people with spasticity, an alteration of the nervous system related to increased tone muscle making motor skills difficult or impossible for those affected.
(Science Daily) The recently developed fluorescent protein Amrose is now being used for advanced near-IR imaging procedures. With the aid of a novel evolutionary platform technology, scientists have developed this infrared marker as part of a combined effort to improve the quality of tissue imaging.
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Contrast-Enhanced CT Scan Safe for Most Patients
(Science Daily) Iodine-based contrast material injected intravenously to enhance CT images can be safely used in most patients, according to a study. Of the 80 million or more CT scans performed each year in the United States, iodine-based contrast material is used in at least half to enhance computed tomography (CT) images, according to researchers.
(Science Daily) A new biosensor for the scattered light of individual unmarked biomolecules such as proteins and tumor markers may facilitate medical diagnosis. The biodetector uses the interferometric method iSCAT.
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