Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Medical Wearables Marketing Information

Below are some links that might help you in Medical Wearables -  
What's popular and what's not

Now and in the future....

Good Luck! 


Wearable Medical Devices Market Trends


Report: Wearables Poised to Dominate Medical Device ...


10 Medical-Device Wearables To Improve Patients' Lives ...


Wearable health technology in medical and consumer arenas


Wearable Medical Devices Market- Global Industry Analysis ...


Wearable Devices Magazine - The Authority in Wearable ...


Wearable Technology 2015-2025: Technologies, Markets ...


MaRS Market Insights Wearable Tech: Leveraging ...


Health wearables - PwC


Wearable Technology Future is Ripe for Growth – Most ...


Top Trends: Wearable Technology - Blog


Wearable Technology – Market Assessment


How emerging consumer and professional healthcare trends


Report: Wearables Poised to Dominate Medical Device ...


Wearable Technology - Statistics & Facts | Statista


Market research on garment-based "wearables" and ...


A survey on wearable biosensor systems for health ...


How wearable technologies will impact the future of health ...


assessment of wearable sensor technologies for ...


Beyond Fitbit: The quest to develop medical-grade wearables


The Wearable Medical Device in Your Future…Is Now .


10 Wearable Health Tech Devices To Watch ...


Wearables in Wellness Report - HERO Health


PLOS Medicine: The Rise of Consumer Health Wearables ...


Wearable Technology - 2016 News, Articles & Innovation


Wearable Electronics: Market & Technology analysis


“Smart Clothing” is the Next Frontier for Wearable Health Tech


Market value of wearable mobile medical equipment in ...


Top health industry issues of 2015 - PwC


Plains to Peaks Post » Blog Archive » Wearable Technology ...


Wearable and Implantable Sensors: The Patient's Perspective


Global Wearable Medical Device Market - Growth, Trends ...


CDC - NIOSH Science Blog – Wearable Exoskeletons to ...


CDC - NIOSH Science Blog – The Future of Wearable ...


A review of wearable sensors and systems with application ...


Market research on garment-based "wearables" and ... - NCBI


The Past, Present and Future of Wearable Technology


In Ten Years, You Won't Even Know You're Wearing Them ...


Wearable Industry - CSUS


Consumer wearables: Biosensors and health care | The ...


'Wearables' Shed Light on Brain, Behavior - The NIH Record ...


The Science of Sweat: Skin Biosensors | Armed with Science


The Guide to the Future of Medicine - The Medical Futurist


Consumer Intelligence Series: The wearable technology future


IDC: China's Wearable Device Market Continues to Grow ...


Global Wearable Medical Devices Market To Grow to $17B ...


5 Wearables That Could Transform Healthcare - 中国国际 ...


Internet Search String for more like this > (health OR clinical OR physiological OR medical) wearables market (trend OR size OR analysis OR future OR futuristic OR growth OR research)

 Have Fun!

 Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not any advice at all, especially medical and/or legal.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Microcontroller (Arduino) controlled Placebo Medical Device? Mobile Phone App?

Is anyone experimenting with a Medical Device that enhances the Placebo Effect?

Perhaps with a Micro-Controller, such as Arduino? 

Or...with a cell phone app?... 


Or what????

I tried these search strings and found little, (so far) - 

(device OR machine OR apparatus) (placebo OR quack OR quackery OR fake) (microcontroller OR arduino)

 (placebo OR quack OR quackery) app (phone OR mobile OR cellular)

I see great potential in enhancing the Placebo Effect in healing. - What do you think?

Are you interested?  - Stay tuned!

References, particularly of interest - 

*  Do medical devices have enhanced placebo effects? - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10942860

*Testing Medical Devices, Placebo Surgery and Ethics - http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303775504579396954056675022

*  A Placebo Mobile App that Changes Your Life - from Placebo Effect - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-placebo-mobile-app-that-changes-your-life-from-placebo-effect

*  Enhancing placebo effects: insights from social psychology. - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23488251

*  Enhancing the Placebo - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/03/enhancing-the-placebo/?_r=0

......More to come, I predict....

Placebo references....


"Patients frequently show improvement even when given a sham or "fake" treatment. Such intentionally inert placebo treatments can take many forms, such as a pill containing only sugar, a surgery where nothing efficacious is actually done (just an incision and sometimes some minor touching or handling of the underlying structures), or a medical device (such as an ultrasound machine) that is not actually turned on. Also, due to the body's natural healing ability and statistical effects such as regression to the mean, many patients will get better even when given no treatment at all. Thus, the relevant question when assessing a treatment is not "does the treatment work?" but "does the treatment work better than a placebo treatment, or no treatment at all?" As one early clinical trial researcher wrote, "the first object of a therapeutic trial is to discover whether the patients who receive the treatment under investigation are cured more rapidly, more completely or more frequently, than they would have been without it."[1]p.195 More broadly, the aim of a clinical trial is to determine what treatments, delivered in what circumstances, to which patients, in what conditions, are the most effective."


"A placebo has been defined as "a substance or procedure… that is objectively without specific activity for the condition being treated".[16] Under this definition, a wide variety of things can be placebos and exhibit a placebo effect. Pharmacological substances administered through any means can act as placebos, including pills, creams, inhalants, and injections. Medical devices such as ultrasound can act as placebos.[18][19] Sham surgery,[20][21][22] sham electrodes implanted in the brain,[1] and sham acupuncture, either with sham needles or on fake acupuncture points, have all exhibited placebo effects.[23] Bedding not treated to reduce allergies has been used as a placebo to control for treated bedding.[24] The physician has even been called a placebo;[25] a study found that patient recovery can be increased by words that suggest the patient "would be better in a few days", and if the patient is given treatment, that "the treatment would certainly make him better" rather than negative words such as "I am not sure that the treatment I am going to give you will have an effect".[26] The placebo effect may be a component of pharmacological therapies: Pain killing and anxiety reducing drugs that are infused secretly without an individual's knowledge are less effective than when a patient knows they are receiving them. Likewise, the effects of stimulation from implanted electrodes in the brains of those with advanced Parkinson's disease are greater when they are aware they are receiving this stimulation.[27] Sometimes administering or prescribing a placebo merges into fake medicine."

Hypnosis References - 


Combining Hypnosis with the Placebo Effect!!!!!

*  Hypnobo: perspectives on hypnosis and placebo. - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17685242

Technical Stuff...

Microcontroller - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcontroller

Arduino - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino

Some resources on Inventing Your own App's....

*  "App Inventor" - by Hal Abelson, Ellen Spertus, Liz Looney - "O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Apr 20, 2011

*  MIT App Inventor - http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/

Looking for examples or ideas on how this all might work....?

*  The "Virtual Healing Machine" - combining hypnosis and activating the Placebo Effect - https://sites.google.com/site/thevirtualhealingmachine/

*  Make your own Virtual Healing Machine with "Virtual Hypnotist"- http://thevirtualhealingmachine.blogspot.com/2011/06/make-your-own-virtual-healing-machine.html

How to Make Your Own Healing Machine - Little Known Techniques to Help You Heal- http://interesting-health-information.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-to-make-your-own-healing-machine.html

Have fun!  :-)

Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not advice of any kind.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

3-D Printing Information, especially for Public Libraries

This is a brief collection of what I think would be helpful for those starting in 3-D Printing, especially Public Libraries: 

General Information -

3D printing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

3-D Printing and the Future of Stuff - WIPO

3-D printing : NPR

Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014 | MAKE

 Open Source -

RepRap - RepRapWiki

Collaboration, Groups, etc. - 

 3ders.org - 3D printer and 3D printing news, trends and

 Information Hubs -

3D Printing Resources » MakeIt Labs

 Public Libraries -  

 Need to use a 3-D printer? Try your local library. - The ...

Makerspaces in Libraries - Libraries & Maker Culture: A

Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces

High-tech tool adds dimensions to Sauk City Library : S

How are 3D printers being used in libraries? What a

Makerspaces 3D Printing & Libraries on Pinterest | 234

Partnering for Possibilities - The Unquiet Librarian

3D Printers & Maker Spaces - Public Libraries News

3D Printers and Maker Spaces in Libraries

All-in-One Guide to Maker Culture and 3D Printing - OEDB.org

Listing of libraries with 3d printers, makerspaces, etc. -Makerspaces in Libraries - Libraries & Maker Culture: A ...

For more information try this Internet Search String - 

(library OR libraries) (3d printing OR fablabs OR hackerspaces)

Add your location to the above string to find other libraries near you, that you could collaborate with.  Example for Wisconsin - (library OR libraries) (3d printing OR fablabs OR hackerspaces) wisconsin

Good Luck!

Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not advice of any kind.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Inventing and Patenting Information Resources

FYI - Here are some resources you might find helpful....

Inventor Information - 

Patent Searching -
 Patenting - 
Funding, especially Crowdfunding - 
Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not advice of any kind.

Monday, September 22, 2014

How to Make a Bicycle Helmet Reminder - YOU Can Do Something to Save Your Child from Bicycle Injuries!

How to Make a Bicycle Helmet Reminder, Similar to a Vehicle Seat Belt Reminder

YOU Can Do Something to Save Your Child from Bicycle Injuries!

How many articles have you seen written on the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet, especially for children? Most of these articles offer few successful solutions. Usually, the solutions offered consist of parents reminding their children to wear helmets. 

How about having a "Bicycle Helmet Reminder", similar to the "Seatbelt Reminder" in an automobile?
I was surprised when I looked on the Internet. There does not seem to be such a device on the market. Therefore, I wrote this article to stimulate innovation and/or discussion to make such a device. 

Will you be the first to invent this? Consider all the lives or injuries you could save with your new device. 

It seems to me certain key elements would be necessary in such a system:
  • Something would sense when the bicycle is being ridden, in motion, or someone is on the bicycle seat.
  • Something would sense whether the rider is wearing a helmet or not.
  • Something like a buzzer would alert when the bicycle is being ridden without a helmet.
I thought of various scenarios and came up with the combination below:
  • A Pressure Sensor could be inside the helmet to detect when the helmet is being worn.
  • A Pressure Sensor could be on the bicycle seat to detect when someone is on the bicycle.
These Pressure Sensors could be "Wireless", maybe RFID, and could communicate to a Central Control Module on the bike or helmet. An inexpensive open-source microprocessor, like Arduino, could be used in the Central Module. This module would make a sound, like a Seatbelt Buzzer, when the bike was being ridden without the rider wearing a helmet. The module could be solar powered to eliminate batteries. Of course, all the components would need to be weatherproof. 

There could be multiple pressure sensors within the helmet to detect proper positioning of the helmet on the rider's head. Maybe there could be one buzzer tone for "riding without a helmet" and another buzzer tone for "helmet improperly positioned". 

This cannot be so far-fetched since I did find some articles and/or patents that describe "helmet reminders". 

What I found were pieces of the above concept. Perhaps you could use the above concept, previous concepts, or devise a much better way of doing this. 

Here are some possible Action Steps, if you think this is a good idea:
  • If you are handy, make such a device. Previous designs are listed below, from which you could derive some ideas. If you are not handy, find someone to make this, e.g. engineering student, free lance inventor, etc. Maybe they have some better ideas on how to do this.
  • If you are a parent, you can "lobby" to have this device made. Some places to "lobby" would be local bike shops, manufacturers, government officials, etc.
  • Children's hospitals can also "lobby" to have such a device made.
  • If you are a student, consider this as a Science Fair Project.
  • If you are an engineering student, wouldn't this be a good project to put on your future employment resume?
  • As a manufacturer, you could make a new and improved Bicycle Helmet Reminder.
  • A "Bicycle Helmet Reminder" could save lives and injuries.
  • If such a device is not available, YOU can take action steps to "make it happen".
For more information:
Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not medical or legal advice.

There Are Not Enough Medications or Treatments for Pediatric Cancer. Here is What You Can Do About It

What Would You Do If Your Child Had Cancer and There was No Treatment?

There Are Not Enough Medications or Treatments for Pediatric Cancer. Here is What You Can Do About It

From the recent article "Cancer drugs for children remain scarce in U.S.", I was shocked to learn that only one new drug for pediatric cancer has been available in the U.S. over the last 20 years. In addition, only 4 percent of research dollars goes for pediatric cancers. 

From what I have read so far, the problem is that drug companies do not want to make new pediatric cancer drugs because the drugs are not profitable. Other than leukemia, other childhood cancers are relatively rare. 

To encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop new pediatric cancer drugs, new U.S. laws were made, but these new laws do not seem to be very effective.
I did not like to hear that, so I am writing this article on what can be done to improve this situation. 

Here is what you can do to help develop new cancer treatments for children: 

1. Express your concerns to your local Congress Person.
2. Tell the U.S. President more needs to be done.
3. Contact your local Children's Hospital and ask what can be done on a local level.
4. Check out the Organizations listed below. Ask how you can help, then follow through and implement their advice.
5. Promote this cause on Social Media, e.g. Facebook.
6. Pass this article around and ask others to become involved. Some examples might be your doctor, place of worship, friends, family, work, etc. The more people asking for change, the more likely change will occur.
7. Where possible and practical, use photos and true-life stories for emphasis. It is harder to say no to a person, especially a sick child, than a statistic.
8. Keep at it. Be persistent. Do not give up. Sick kids are depending on you. 

  • Pediatric cancer drugs are not developed in the U.S. due to lack of profit.
  • Drug makers might be encouraged to develop new drugs or treatments.
  • You can help effect positive change by taking action steps. Start today.
For More Information:
The Problem:
Potential Solutions:
Disclaimer - Article is for information only and is not medical advice.