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Smart monitoring . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1677 (Published 26 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1677

Diagnosis by smartwatch

Smartwatches use photoplethysmographic sensors to measure heart rate. Analysed by a neural network, the same data can be used to identify atrial fibrillation. At the moment, the investigators are calling it proof-of-concept, but it might not be long before the watch can warn its wearer that he or she needs to seek medical attention. It’s even possible to imagine that emergency services could be dispatched to the GPS-determined location. Failing that, smartwatch detection of arrhythmias would certainly beat Holter monitors for convenience (JAMA Cardiol doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.0136).

Newer anti-epileptic drugs

More than a dozen new anti-epileptic drugs with a variety of mechanisms of action …

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