Monthly Archives: May 2016

Evolution of Wearable Technology: Women Can Track Fertility Levels, Stop Menstrual Cramps

Apple_Watch-Beyond pedometers, fitness and health trackers are doing a great job of helping to improve the lives of women and men.

Wearable technology has achieved something incredible,  incorporating advanced electronic technologies with clothing. In some cases, this is called “tech togs,” while other refer to it as “fashion electronics.” No matter what you called it, it’s been recognized that wearable technology is being used to boost the health of women.

Women face specific health issues, which stand apart from health issues faced solely by men. More and more, businesses are looking to meet the unique needs of women, developing and perfecting wearable technology that intends to keep them healthy. These technologies aren’t restricted to tracking running and walking, smart fitness clothing and wearable technology to track fertility levels and other things that a technician would be required for.

Livia

Livia, for instance, is a gadget that promises to stop menstrual cramps, which is debilitating for some women. Drug-based pain relief can be temporarily sufficient, but doesn’t help quite as much as it should and could become expensive. Livia targets ‘the pain gates’ and attempts to close them. This is done by stimulating the nerves involved, and blocking pain signals being sent to the brain. The compact device can fit comfortably on a waistband while two electrodes are applied to the abdomen to put an end to the pain. The USB-chargeable device has no side-effects, and can last about 15 hours.

Elvie and OhMiBod’s Lovelife krush

Whether you’re attempting to recover from childbirth or improve your bladder and bowel control, pelvic floor exercises are likely quite beneficial to you. Elvie, which is a tampon-like device provides pelvic floor workouts in five-minute increments. In conjunction with a cell phone, users can control program and strength rating before they complete kegel exercises. The device is able to meet the needs of different body types and ‘skill levels.’ As kegel muscles strengthen, the device adapts and become gradually more difficult in order to encourage and track progress. OhMiBod’s Lovelife krush is a similar device, but it has a slight twist. It’s part pelvic floor exercise gadget and part sexual health device. It has built-in sensors, a supplementary app that tracks daily activity, and it has special vibration patterns for sexual intimacy.

The Looncup

The Looncup is a wearable sensor for your period, tracking menstruation volume levels and color variations. The device analyzes the health of a woman’s period, it checks for discrepancies and determines if a visit to the doctor is warranted. This device is made from hypoallergenic silicone, and has a battery life of about six months, and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other conventional options.

iTBra and OMbra

The iTBra is a smart bra that detects the early signs of breast cancer. The bra can detect if there have been any sudden changes in a woman’s circadian temperature, unveiling abnormal developments within the breast cells. Examinations take anywhere between two and 24 hours, and the results are sent to the wearer’s smartphone or personal computer for future consultation. The detection rate for the iTBra is higher than for mammograms. Also, OMbra is a smart bra, which adapts to body and workout, absorbing pressure and reducing stress on one’s back and shoulders. Feedback is shared on heart rate, cadence, impact, and breathing rate. It perfectly captures how much you push yourself when working out.

The Pilldrill

The Pilldrill is an updated take on the pillbox. As opposed to just housing your pills, this pillbox delivers timely visual and audio alerts for each dose. A user only needs to scan the pill container, and the Pilldrill tracks tablets. The box works in conjunction with a number of other apps, such as Mood Cube, which tracks adverse side effects when switching birth control methods.

The digital resources available to women can truly change their lives and improve their personal health.

from Dr. Lori Gore-Green | Gynecology and Obstetrics http://ift.tt/21PJp0l

The Millennial Generation is a Charitable Community, Enabled by Tech Tools

Millennials Jam Workshop: Youth and ICTs beyond 2015The tech-driven millennial generation engages with philanthropic causes on an ongoing bases. They’re instantly granted access to localized information on the causes that matter to them most due to modernizing technology. Ultimately, this connection to philanthropic efforts has helped to shape the members of the millennial generation, helping them to affect real and social change.

Women and men born in the 1990s and 1980s differ from their parents and grandparents, who established community in communal organizations and churches. Instead, they’re more likely to crave short-term engagement; they tend to change employers several times over a lifetime, and they change industries and interests. Employment trends among millennials suggest that an employers’ social responsibility and cause-related work can be a huge determining factor throughout their job search.

For millennials, a company’s social responsibility ranks just below salary and benefits when they are selecting positions. Businesses are quite aware of this, and they’re often willing to accommodate attitudes about volunteering and giving. In fact, the American Red Cross reworked its business plan to offer frictionless opportunities to fuel a specific goal. Like other generations, millennials want to work collaboratively to stimulate change.

The available technology allows for this populace to connect with one another at an accelerated rate, this has increased peer influence. The spread of data, the movement of news, and the purchasing of products are procedures that are more in line with the value of millennials, which overwhelming supports philanthropy and the environment. Today, there are far fewer barriers to philanthropy, and impact investing and social entrepreneurship is becoming mainstay.

Millennials have reshaped charity through online giving, which hints at the massive generosity of the subset. Approximately 84 percent of millennials made charitable donations in 2014 while 70 percent spent at least an hour volunteering. The desire to take  on roles within philanthropy and leadership has manifested in the form of dollar donations, as well as a focus on local causes, which made further accessible thanks to email blasts, charity apps, and text messaging. GoFundMe, GiveEasy, and JustGive have perfected the one-touch donation.

Millennials have embraced donation and investment, and many have recognized that participation can be made possible through digital tools.They’re investing their capital and time emotionally.

from Dr. Lori Gore-Green | Community Service http://ift.tt/24HEeot