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INNOVATIONS IN MEDICINE

Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality

To be able to curb the global pandemic of physical inactivity and the associated 5.3 million deaths per year, we need to understand the basic principles that govern physical activity. However, there is a lack of large-scale measurements of physical activity patterns across free-living populations worldwide.

In this study, researchers leveraged the wide usage of smartphones with built-in accelerometry to measure physical activity at the global scale. They studied a dataset consisting of 68 million days of physical activity for 717,527 people, giving them a window into activity in 111 countries across the globe. […]

A CONNECTED JACKET THAT WATCHES OVER THE HEART

Cardiac defibrillators are not on the corner of every street. Nor are paramedics. So how can the number of people surviving a heart attack that occurs outside the hospital be increased? Today, it is estimated that these people’s chance of survival is only 5%. This figure could be about to change with the use of the LifeVest device.

Belt, braces or connected life jacket: call it what you like, this is the innovation that everybody is talking about. Comprising a harness that goes around the chest and a box attached to the belt, this is not like other wearable technology. Its role? To watch over patients at high risk of sudden death, for example those who are waiting for a transplant or an implantable defibrillator. […]

 

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