Category Archives: medical

Episode 136, AliveCor Kardia receives FDA clearance for personal ECG device for measurement of QTc Interval, a critical marker for heart safety



In this episode we will discuss AliveCor announced Thursday, July 8 it received 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for healthcare professionals to use the KardiaMobile 6L device to calculate patients’ QTc interval.  We will talk about the Kardia device and explain why this new announcement is important to those who have an interest in their heart health. More info on the device is at https://alivecor.com.

Six leads, six times the heart data of its competitors. Record an EKG anytime, anywhere. KardiaMobile 6L is portable and works wherever you are and get results in just 30 seconds. It is FDA-cleared and doctor recommended. The clinically validated 6-lead personal EKG, FDA-cleared to detect AFib, Bradycardia, and Tachycardia. Save your EKGs on your phone or send them to your doctor for review remotely. Compatible with most Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.  

Episode 133, Apple advances personal health by introducing secure sharing and new insights



In this episode, we will discuss the announcement during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2021) that with iOS 15, iPhone and Apple Watch users will now have the ability to share health data with loved ones or a care network, view Trends, and measure their Walking Steadiness.

iOS 15 brings secure sharing and new insights for users within the Health application.
Users can choose to share their health and wellness data with loved ones or caregivers for more meaningful conversations and support, even from afar.
Users have granular control over which health data types they choose to share and with whom.

 


Episode 123, Apple’s announces new Fitness + workouts, Apple Watch Activity Challenges and Apple launch event scheduled



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s announcement of new activity challenges for Earth Day and International Dance Day occurring soon and specialized workouts added to Fitness +. We will also talk about Apple’s event scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  More information about Mac Minutes is at the following website link.

Apple sets new Apple Watch Activity Challenges for Earth Day and International Dance Day.
New Workouts for Pregnancy, Workouts for Older Adults, and Workouts for Beginners will be available in Apple Fitness+ on Monday, April 19.

Episode 121, Apple announces Worldwide Developer’s Conference; and a review of KeySmart’s CleanLight, portable ionic UV air purifier



In this episode, we discuss Apple’s announcement this week of the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) and a product review of the CleanLight, a portable ionic UV air purifier manufactured by KeySmart. More information about the Mac Minutes Podcast can be found at the podcast’s website. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc. and KeySmart)

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off online beginning June 7, 2021
The CleanLight Air Pro is a portable ionic UV air purifier.

Episode 120, Stanford Study finds AppleWatch can accurately assess frailty; Apple updates mobile device operating systems



In this episode, we discuss how a Stanford Study found the AppleWatch can predict frailty in Veteran’s Health Administration patients, proving once again how important the AppleWatch when combined with an iPhone can be in a health program.  We will finish the podcast covering Apple’s recent updates of various mobile device operating systems, including iOS 14.4.2, iPad OS 14.2.2 and WatchOS 7.3.3. You can read the Stanford Study and find out more information at the Mac Minutes Podcast website. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)

An Apple Watch, such as the Series 4, which monitors ECG functions, is one such device that can augment your home healthcare program.

Episode 118, AirPop launches first smart air wearable, Active + with Halo Sensor; and Apple updates operating systems



In this episode, we discuss the launch of the AirPop Active + Smart Mask with Halo Sensor which tracks a combination of air quality data and information about your breathing rate, helping users take control of their respiratory health.  We will finish the podcast talking about the sweeping updates this week to Apple’s operating systems  More information for the mask are at AirPop and the Mac Minutes Podcast websites. (Graphics courtesy of AirPopHealth)

Halo’s discreet sensor array automatically detects when you start breathing and then syncs your breathing data with the app. An inhale/exhale LED ring indicates breath rate while its intelligent capture supports real-time or background passive modes. The personal dashboard shows real-time protection levels and tracks breathing by activity and location. The device works with Apple HealthKit, so you can track your breathing in iOS.
With its patented 360 degrees sealing, medical-grade soft touch membrane, and super light construction the Active mask filters adaptively seal to the contours of your face. The design maintains its shape and fit when snapped into the Airknit pre-formed shell. Paired with adjustable earloops to create the ideal fit for every face.

Episode 113, AliveCor KardiaMobile devices expand range of ECG determinations; Apple updates macOS with Big Sur 11.2



In this episode we will discuss AliveCor expanding the range of electrocardiogram or ECG determinations for their KardiaMobile devices used with the iPhone; and Apple updates macOS with Big Sur 11.2. More information can be found https://alivecor.com and podcast information at https://macminutespodcast.com (Graphics courtesy of AliveCor Inc.)

Using an AliveCor KardiaMobile device with your iPhone, you can detect more arrhythmias than any other personal EKG. AliveCor introduced three new medical determinations on Monday, Feb. 1.
KardiaMobile 6L gives six views of the heart six times the data. 

Episode 108, Using Apple’s Sleep Tracking Application on Apple Watch and iPhone to help you improve your sleep habits in 2021



In this episode we will look at using Apple Watch and iPhone to improve sleep in 2021. For many it’s a New Year’s resolution and for others it simply a desire to improve your health and mental wellness. It’s easy to track your sleep using Apple technology. We will look at Apple’s sleep tracking and making it work to improve your life. You can reference the written instructions at the Apple Support link: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/sleep-apd830528336/watchos (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Viewing your recent sleep history is a key feature of the Sleep Tracking App on the Apple Watch.
With Apple Watch Sleep Tracking there is a feature to change or turn off your next wake-up alarm.

Episode 107, Apple launches cardio fitness notifications on Apple Watch; updates iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2



In this episode we will look at an Apple’s announcement Monday, Dec 14th where users can view their cardio fitness level in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notifications on Apple Watch if it falls within the low range. We will explore how to personalize and use the new feature. Users will need to update to iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 which was released simultaneously. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple Watch users can now view how their cardio fitness level is classified based on their age group and sex in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notification if it falls within the low range.
With watchOS 7, Apple Watch uses multiple sensors to estimate an expanded range of cardio fitness as users walk throughout the day, whether or not they are tracking a workout.

Episode 93, Apple launches Apple Watch 6 expanding health & fitness capabilities



In this episode, we will discuss one of the announcements from Apple’s virtual presentation which occurred Tuesday morning, specifically the  Apple Watch Series 6, which introduces hardware improvements, watchOS 7 and a number of health and wellness breakthroughs. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Introducing Apple Watch Series 6, featuring a revolutionary Blood Oxygen sensor and app
Apple Watch Series 6 offers its most colorful collection yet