NameTag: “The Next Best Thing”, or is it?

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Just recently, talks about an upcoming app called NameTag are spreading up so fast in the social medias and forums online. This is pertaining to a facial recognition application that will allow smart phone get acquainted with strangers they come across with.

How To?

Just by capturing a person’s face using your built in mobile cam, the app will transmit the photo to its server where the photo will be compared with other millions of photos online for a possible match.

If a match was determined by the server, it will give you that person’s social media profiles including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and alike.

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Final Guidance Over Medical Apps Issued by FDA

Final Guidance Over Medical Apps Issued by FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications. These are programs that run on mobile devices which performs same functions as medical devices. FDA intends to enforce judgement over mobile medical applications that poses potential risks to patients.


Mobile applications are intended to help doctors monitor their medical conditions even outside the traditional health care settings. Patients on the other hand find these mobile medical apps manage their own health and acquire information whenever they need it.

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Is a Robotic-assisted Heart Surgery Safe?

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Robots are now being used in different areas and even in the operating rooms, medical industry observers say, citing several incidences wherein the robot has done a great job in improving the precision and accuracy of surgeons. Robotic surgical system has helped in revolutionizing the way heart operations are performed, according to the Cleveland Clinic, as it helps improve patient outcome and surgical experiences. Although the Food and Drug Administration has already given the approval of the use of robotic assistants like the Da Vinci surgical system in a wide array of surgical procedures including heart surgery, many are still not fully convinced to undergo heart operations with the use of the said technology.

The robotic surgical system offers several advantages that may help cardiac surgeons in performing the procedure better and more efficient. Although there might not be much difference for the patients when they are undergoing traditional laparoscopic heart surgery, several critics believe. However, the use of robotic assistants during complex heart surgeries has made it possible for patients to experience improved outcomes and faster healing. The robotic assistant only mirrors the movement of the surgeon but makes it possible to have smaller incisions through the help of precise motion control. Surgeons may also opt to scale down their movements, thus making their incision and suturing more precise compared to manually moving the instruments.

Greater range of motion of the robots also makes the traditional laparoscopic procedure pale in comparison. The robot translates the hand movement of the surgeon but eliminates any tremors and unsteadiness while moving the instruments. If any untoward incidents occur, the surgeon is only in close proximity and is able to assist in the operation manually if needed. Patients are then able to experience shorter hospital stays and faster return to normal daily activities. This makes the robotic-assisted heart surgery more appealing to surgeons and patients alike, although not all men and women are subject to this form of surgery. Patients are assessed if they are possible candidates for this type of operation. Click here for more information on the Da Vinci surgical system.

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Merck Raps Glenmark for Selling Copycat Januvia, Janumet in India

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The legality of selling generic versions of sitagliptin (Januvia) and sitagliptin phosphate (Janumet) by an Indian drug manufacturer Glenmark has been questioned, pharmaceutical industry leaders say, pointing out that both Januvia and Janumet are patented under Merck & Co, CNBC 18 television reports. Leading global pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co has sued Glenmark for launching generic versions of Januvia, according Januvia is considered to be a top-selling drug and is widely used by type 2 diabetes patients throughout the world.

Merck first introduced Januvia to the world market via India in 2008. Initially, since Januvia was introduced in India, Merck was able to sell it at a price 20 percent less than it used to sell the drug in the United States. Problems arose when an Indian drug manufacturer Glenmark began to make “copycat versions.” These versions of Januvia were sold at a lower price which affected Merck’s overall sales.

Furthermore, the high court in Delhi has taken action on Merck’s Januvia lawsuit against Glenmark by refusing to impose an injunction

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Cobalt, Chromium Traces Found in Babies of Moms with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

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Women who have metal-on-metal hip implants pass metal ions to their babies during pregnancy, according to a study at Rush University Medical Center. The ions are the result of wear and corrosion as the metal parts rub against each other. This strongly shows that metal-on-metal implants are unsafe.

“We don’t know whether metal ions pose any health risks for pregnant women and their babies,” said Dr. Joshua Jacobs, professor and chairman of orthopaedic surgery at Rush, “but as metal-on-metal implants increase in popularity and use, especially among young, active patients, women of child-bearing age and their doctors need to be aware of these findings when considering options for hip replacements.”

The researchers found that mothers with metal-on-metal implants and their babies had significantly higher levels of chromium and cobalt. Furthermore, the levels of these metals in the blood of mothers with implants interrelated with the levels found in the umbilical cords. Cobalt levels in newborns were about half that in the mothers’ blood, while chromium levels were about 15 percent of the mothers’ chromium levels.

Jacobs added that to be able to find out what these metal ions effect to fetal development is through the formation of a national joint registry, to which clinicians may access long-term data.

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