Health News Rundown: Apples and Limes

Busy week? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the major news stories that made the rounds online last week.

An Apple A Day

An Apple (Watch) a day keeps the programmers at play? Apple currently has 75 health-related positions on their growing staff. While this already seems like a crazy statistic for the tech giant, consider the growth: the tech giant had just 15 staff positions related to health in 2017. What’s driving their almost 500% growth rate? The FDA cleared Apple’s Series 4 Apple Watch to measure heartbeats and conduct electrocardiograms, or ECGs. From there, the tech giant’s health division’s growth skyrocketed. The Apple Watch is not the only product that Apple might include health sensors in, though. Reportedly, Apple updated their patents concerned with their AirPods to contain health sensors. One iteration held a blood pressure and heart rate monitor.

Birds and Limes

As the CDC remains in Austin to finish up their investigation related to public health and scooter usage, a University of California-Los Angeles study is finishing up as well. In an analysis of injuries associated with riding scooters for September 2017-August 2018 at two different emergency rooms, researchers found that scooter incidents were on the rise. With 249 events, 40% resulted in head injuries, and 27% ended up as fractures. The number of scooter injuries surpassed those of bikes and pedestrians over the same period. Many local laws require riders to wear a helmet, as do two of the significant scooter companies, Bird and Lime do. Researchers in Austin are calling for increased documentation of scooter injuries, as well as all the factors that contribute to them (no helmets, drunkenness, and underage riders).

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