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The Emerging Sleep Wellness Market

Withings Aura

The lead image for the Times article featured the Withings Aura, a very sensitive under-the mattress sensor that connects with a colored night light and alarm clock. The light can change colors from blue, which is good for waking you up in the morning, to red, which is preferred at night since blue light inhibits melatonin production and the biological clock that tells the body it’s time to sleep. But instead of showing the bluish version, I found this red version more appropriate for an article on sleep.

Consumers are learning how sleep affects health, safety and productivity, thanks to a flood of articles in the scientific literature and mainstream news media. Today I responded to Collecting Data on a Good Night’s Sleep, an article in The New York Times about all of the fitness activity trackers and under-the-mattress sensors.

These sensors basically tell you what you already know — you don’t sleep well — but few actually help you sleep better. Some attempt to monitor sleep and wake you at the best time close to when you set your alarm. They may even show graphs of sleep patterns, based on how much you move or even your heart rate, but they can’t be very accurate without also measuring brainwave activity. Zeo was the one product I know of that did that fairly well, but it ended up going under. Read the rest of this entry »

Modern Health Talk Awarded Honor

2013 Best of Cedar Park Award

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Modern Health Talk Receives 2013 Best of Cedar Park Award

Cedar Park Award Program Honors the Achievement

CEDAR PARK January 22, 2014 — Modern Health Talk was selected for the 2013 Best of Cedar Park Award in the Mhealth category by the Cedar Park Award Program. Read the rest of this entry »

eHealth Radio interviews Modern Health Talk founder

Image of Wayne Caswell, founder of Modern Health TalkeHealth Radio host Eric Michaels recently interviewed Modern Health Talk founder Wayne Caswell, and we thank him for letting us share our story with his audience. You can listen to the recorded podcast below, visit ApexRx.com for related radio programs, or read Wayne’s program notes below.

Wayne Caswell discusses and answers the following:

  • What is Modern Health Talk, and what unique perspective do you bring?
  • Aging-in-Place and Universal Design are terms we often hear today, but what do they mean, and who is most interested?
  • Please describe the size of the problem and the market opportunity for solutions.
  • So what technical solutions address the rising healthcare costs and improve quality?
  • Can you mention some other Technologies for home healthcare as an alternative to more institutional care?

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A History of Tech Innovation — Were You There?

As a retired 30-year IBMer, I dedicate this article to IBM’s 100th anniversary as a way to reflect on past innovations and to envision, and hopefully inspire, new innovations in important areas such as health care. In this video (also on YouTube) 100 people present IBM achievement recorded in the year they were born. The chronology flows from the oldest person to the youngest, giving you a whirlwind history of IBM technology evolution and insight into the future.

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