AbStats, VR & the Future of Digital Health : A Conversation with Brennan Spiegel

By JASON CHUNG Just before the holiday break, in my new capacity as the Law and Technology Editor for The Health Care Blog, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Brennan Spiegel, the Director of Cedars-Sinai Health Services Research, about his new digital health innovations as well as his views on the medtech and data privacy landscapes. Dr. Spiegel leads an interdisciplinary team which investigates how digital health technologies such as wearable sensors, smartphone applications and virtual reality can strengthen trust among patients and doctors, improve outcomes and cut costs. Below is a transcript of selected moments of our conversation. For further thoughts, I encourage you to attend the upcoming conference entitled “Virtual Medicine” at Cedars-Sinai on March 28-29th, 2018 where Dr. Spiegel and other digital health leaders will gather to discuss the medical VR revolution. Dr. Spiegel on AbStats, a new medtech device developed by his team to track the gastrointestinal rate – a new vital sign: JC: I’d like to start by asking you about the most recent thing you’ve got going on and I guess that would be AbStats. I’d like to just congratulate you and I was wondering if I could get on the record how you would quickly describe AbStats from your point of view and what it’s meant to do and how it’s meant to revolutionize care. BS: Yeah, sure. So AbStats is one of the few things we have going on now at Mount Sinai and it’s exci...
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Source: Current Nutrition and Food Science - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Conclusion: Dietary intake of high-quality protein or a blend of different proteins will provide all AA to the body. However, studies on protein quality evaluation by DIAAS method are necessary to perform.
Source: Current Nutrition and Food Science - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Conclusion: The present study confirms that the process of roasting coffee beans is a significant factor in the formation of acrylamide in Arabic coffee powders and beverages.
Source: Current Nutrition and Food Science - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Conclusion: These findings suggest that a pro-inflammatory diet is a risk factor for prostate cancer and also can have the impact on body composition.
Source: Current Nutrition and Food Science - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Conclusion: Taken together, AFPE that acts at a low micromolar range against breast cancer cells may be considered as a promising candidate for anticancer therapy.
Source: Current Nutrition and Food Science - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Conclusion: For the first time, para-aminobenzoic acid was well determined by incorporating it as an organic solid compound, 4(4-Benzophenylazo)pyrogallol, through coupling pyrogallol with diazotized para-aminobenzoic acid in regulated pH medium, ranging between 5.0 to 6.0. The existence of common excipients in the dietary supplement did not produce any significant interference. F- and ttest data analysis were used for statistical comparison of the suggested techniques with that of reference method, demonstrating excellent agreement with no significant difference in the associated precision and accuracy.
Source: Current Nutrition and Food Science - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 November 2019Source: Journal of Functional FoodsAuthor(s): Shigenobu Ina, Aya Hamada, Hanae Nakamura, Yusuke Yamaguchi, Hitoshi Kumagai, Hitomi KumagaiAbstractThe mechanism of the suppressive effect of rice albumin (RA) on postprandial hyperglycemia after glucose loading was investigated. In order to examine if small peptides derived from RA are responsible for prevention of postprandial hyperglycemia, RA was hydrolysed to indigestible high-molecular-weight peptides (HMP) and low-molecular-weight peptides (LMP) by trypsin, HMP and LMP being fractionated by gel-filtration chromatography...
Source: Journal of Functional Foods - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Functional Foods - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The practice of self-medication with analgesics is frequent among patients with chronic pain, which may be due to the underprescription of more potent analgesics, such as opioids. It can also be said that, given the data presented, there is no crisis of recreational opioid use in the studied population. PMID: 31703816 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Rev Bras Anestesiol Source Type: research
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