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Introducing New Follow-Up Features On Curely

It’s a new year and we’ve got exciting new features and updates for both our consumer and doctor community on Curely! We can hardly wait to share details.

FOR CURELY CONSUMERS:

You can now get More From Curely to Achieve Your 2016 health and wellness goals.

First, you can now ask professional, verified doctors more questions for less with our new follow-up feature. How it works: Send a follow up email within 24 hours of receiving your initial response from a health professional for FREE! Got more questions to ask? Send a second follow-up email within 7 days for half the price.

 

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Next, there are now more ways to save even more on Curely when you use our new Curely Credits system. Use Curely Credits as you need it to contact doctors anytime you want. You’ll get special access to events, discounts and more!

 

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You can update your version of the Curely app here to receive these new features and updates. Get right to asking our verified health professionals advice to achieve your 2016 health goals. Speak with a nutritionist, a personal trainer, sports medicine specialist, and more! Whatever your concerns or goals, Curely has you covered.

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FOR CURELY HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:  

For our health professionals on Curely, we have some exciting new features and updates to share with you for 2016.

Consumers can now follow-up on emails with one additional question within 24 hours of receiving your initial response to their concern. Additionally, they can now send a second follow-up email within 7 days. It means more potential for interactivity and to grow your brand and practice with consumers for our health professionals!

We also have a new tutorial for Health Professionals, which includes the latest guidelines on how to use Curely:

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Be sure to carefully read the instructions and information regarding Mail thread and IBM Watson. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.  We’re happy to help!

Are you interested in being featured or contributing your expertise on the Curely blog? Let us know! We’d love to include you in an upcoming post!

From all of us at Curely, we hope that everyone has had a great holiday season, and wish all a happy and healthy new year. Look for more new features and great updates to Curely in the coming weeks!

 

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How Many Calories Should People Eat? Ask A Doctor On Curely!

One of the most key elements to our health and weight is the amount of food we eat. But how much food we need depends greatly on different factors, and it can be difficult to know what is best. Many of us grew up being told to ‘clean our plates’ and make sure that we eat three hearty meals a day. As children, we may (or may not!) have needed that much food intake. As adults, it can be very much the opposite!

Caloric needs are based on a range of details, and generally vary from person to person. It can include health status, age, activity level, and many other aspects. To best be sure, you’ll want to talk with your doctor or a physician who can give the most accurate and precise assessment and details.

But for a lot of people this isn’t exactly something they’d schedule a doctor office visit to find out. If you’re wondering how many calories you need to maintain your weight, or you have other questions about diet, fitness and health, you can ask a doctor on Curely. While Curely isn’t meant to replace office visits, it can be a great resource for getting customized information from a doctor for questions like this and more! Plus with thousands of doctors around the world, you can find and connect with a broad range of practice areas to get all the details you need and want.

 

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Top Health Gadgets for the New Year

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At Home Health Equipment in 2016.

These home health gadgets are becoming more popular every day!

  • World demand for home medical equipment is forecast to rise to $28 billion in 2016.
  • World demand for home patient support equipment is forecast to increase to $5.7 billion in 2016.
  • A heightened prevalence of chronic conditions, especially respiratory disorders, kidney failure and cancer, will boost global demand for home therapeutic equipment to $17.3 billion in 2016.
  • In fall 2015, a study showed chronic health conditions—such as diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension—as one of the top drivers of the consumer medical product market’s rapid growth.
  • The United States spends more on healthcare than any other developed nation—more than $9000 per person per year.
  • Portable oxygen concentrators for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), continuous positive airway products (CPAP) for managing obstructive sleep apnea, and ventilators and accessories for alleviating severe breathing impairments will account for the fastest sales growth among home respiratory therapy equipment.

What’s in store for home health gadgets in 2016?

Home Oxygen Delivery

Smart Oxygen

  • Developed by ieCrowd.
  • Designed to be used by patients suffering from diseases such as COPD.
  • The Device has the ability to automatically adjust to the patient’s oxygen needs.
  • Adjusts automatically on a breath-by-breath basis.
  • Uses an algorithm delivering a specific dose of oxygen in response to the respiratory pattern that the patient is exhibiting.
  • Maintains satisfactory blood oxygen levels.
  • No need to manually adjust the oxygen flow rate.
  • The results:
    • More dynamic lifestyle.
    • Increased mobility.
    • Better exercise performance.
    • Improved quality of life.

COPD is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. with an estimated 14.8 million diagnosed patients and another 12 million undiagnosed.

Home Dialysis

New Home Hemodialysis System

  • Developed by NxStage.
  • Produces carbonate buffered dialysate on demand from tap water at a significantly higher flow rates than others.
  • The System includes touch screen display and remains portable.
  • Dialysis machine can also be used in-center.
  • Patient care staff can be reduced to achieve the desired treatment cost.

The five-year survival rate for Home Hemodialysis (HHD) is at 85 percent while the survival rate for Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) patients is just 44 percent.

Blood Glucose Monitoring

Glucowise

  • Developed by Mediwise.
  • Non-invasive.
  • 100% pain-free.
  • Sensor technology allows monitoring of blood glucose levels without need to pierce the skin.
  • Ability to sample as often and wherever patient likes.
  • Helps avoid sudden hypoglycemic events.
  • It’s smart.
  • App and Smart Cloud technology deliver personalized advice and alerts.
  • Intelligent analytics will use current and historical data to calculate and forecast immediate trends in blood glucose levels.
  • Allows adjustment of food or medication intake according to activities or how patient feels.
  • The results:
    • Offers unlimited testing without the need for costly consumables.
    • It will take no more than 10 seconds for testing.
    • Data can be sent wirelessly to smartphone or tablet.
    • It’s quick, non-invasive, portable and continuous.

56% of people with diabetes would test themselves between 8-10 times per day if testing was painless and convenient.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

QardioARM

  • Developed by Qardio.
  • It’s a smart blood pressure monitor.
  • Clinically validated to accurately measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure along with heart rate.
  • Has irregular heart beat detection and will store the data, providing the doctor with more actionable insights into the heart health.
  • It’s portable.
  • It allows multiple users.
  • Can monitor blood pressure across multiple locations.
  • This helps understand how a particular lifestyle impacts the patient’s health.
  • The Patient can set reminders, notifications or track monthly averages to stay on top of their health.
  • Works with Apple Health and integrated with Apple HealthKit.
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices.

About 70 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 of every 3 adults.

Patient Monitoring

C3

  • Developed by Cortirum.
  • Designed for both in-patient and home health monitoring.
  • Device measures all five vital sign parameters and more:
    • ECG
    • Heart Rate
    • Respiratory Rate
    • Blood Oxygen Level
    • Blood Pressure
    • Accelerometer Data
    • Skin Surface Temperature
    • Heart Rate Recovery
    • Sleep Analysis
    • Heart Rate Variability
    • Physical Activity Level
    • Motion
    • Data is sent via Bluetooth to a tablet and then onto a portal where a provider can review it.

Cortrium has raised $1.6 million for its connected health-tracking device.

Everyday Health and Fitness

Muse Brain Sensing Band

  • Developed by InteraXon Inc.
  • Designed to be your personal meditation assistant.
  • The headband uses brain-sensing technology to measure whether your mind is calm or active and translates those signals into guiding sounds.
  • Real-time feedback lets you hear what’s happening in your brain while you meditate.
  • With simple exercises that show you exactly what to do.
  • Personalized tracking, motivational challenges, and rewards encourage you to build a more regular and effective practice.
  • Helps you improve your meditation practice in as little as 3 minutes a day – any time, anywhere.
  • Helps you experience all the benefits of meditation – such as relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress – with none of the uncertainty.

Muse is the first tool in the world that gives you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain when you meditate.

Beddit Sleep Tracker

  • Developed by Beddit LTD.
  • Designed for sleep tracking.
  • Ultra-thin sensor strip for all kinds of beds.
  • Turns any bed, into a smart bed.
  • Sleepscore shows you how you slept.
  • Easily track down into the most important parameters of your sleep, such as:
    • Sleep quality.
    • Total sleep time.
    • Time to fall asleep.
    • Sleep efficiency.
    • Heart rate.
    • Respiration.
    • Sleep cycles.
    • Snoring.
    • Bed exits.
    • Restless sleep indicator.

Note: Beddit is not a medical device and should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical conditions.

An estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder.

Moov Now™

  • Developed by Moov™.
  • It’s a 2nd generation multi-sport wearable coach.
  • Designed for running, cycling, fitness walking, swimming, cardio boxing and 7-minute total body workouts.
  • Features:
    • Analyzes and coaches form.
    • Counts reps for you.
    • Talks to you as you work out.
    • 12+ scientific guided workouts.
    • 3rd party heart rate monitor support.
    • Connect and compete with friends.
    • 6-month battery life.
    • Water and dust proof.
    • Tracks active minutes and sleep.
    • Omni Motion™ 3D sensor.
    • Combines 3 different sensors (magnetic, angular rate and gravity sensors) to form a 3D motion-sensing system.

Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950; physically active jobs now make up less than 20% of our workforce.

Top Health Tips for the Holidays!

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Curely Ambassadors have prepared some health tips to help you relax, enjoy, and get the most out of the holiday season. Whether you’re traveling, or staying at home, Curely will connect you to doctors anytime, anywhere this season.

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1. Eat Healthy

Holidays are here and finally we will be able to spend more time with our beloved ones, usually around an overflowing table of delicious food! In these conditions, feasts are extremely likely to happen, and having a balanced meal may be almost impossible, therefore you should follow few tips:

  • Taste every course, but consider there will be more, be wise! Traditional dishes are delicious, and usually very high in calories too, do not exaggerate with servings or you will not be able to taste Grandma’s cake.
  • Has aunt Mary invited you over for dinner? To be prepared, have a light lunch, just in case. Generally calories should be divided almost equally during the day (preferably in 3 meals and 2 snacks), but if you already know you will eat a lot for dinner, you should definitely consider eating something light for lunch in order to maintain your usual caloric intake for the day.
  • If you suffer from heart disease remember that large meals can be bad since conditions that make the heart require more oxygen, or reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the cardiac tissue, can cause angina. Large meals, as well as emotional stress and cold weather, may trigger angina attacks so please be careful.
  • Overeating is always bad, do not make it a habit. Overeating at one meal can cause a massive increase in insulin secretion and a consequent rapid drop in blood sugar. If repeated, this may lead to weight gain and insulin resistance, without mention the fact you will progressively increase your stomach ability to stretch and expand because of the massive food intake, losing the feeling of fullness you were used to.
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2. Take Care of Your Skin

  • Drink eight – 8 ounce glasses of water. If you are consuming alcoholic beverages, drink an additional 16 ounces of water for each alcoholic beverage. This will help you avoid dehydration and dry skin.
  • Always wash your face carefully and remove all of your makeup before going to sleep, as this will help you avoid after-party breakouts. It is also a good idea to apply a moisturizer before going to bed.
  • Keep calm and avoid stress during the holidays. Stress causes our body to produce more testosterone, a hormone that can cause skin’s oil production levels to increase and cause acne. So, relax as much as possible.

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3. Stay Safe

  • While holiday decorating, remember that safety is first. An average of 2-3 people per hour are injured during this time of year. Most accidents are related to falling off ladders, stairs, furniture, and rooftops. Always make sure you are stepping on a stable surface, if you have any doubts don’t take the risk!
  • For people who love to travel during the holidays, it’s a risky season for back pain, or even injuries, due to lifting heavy luggage and presents.  TIPS:  1) Shop for the right type of luggage (light weight, wheels, handles), 2) Pack lightly, 3) When you lift your luggage, it is best to bend your knees and use your leg muscles rather than your waist.

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4. Go Have Fun

  • If you are feeling down, try to get out of the house – even if it is just to catch a movie, or to have a cup of coffee in a cafe. It’s the holiday season which means many people will be meeting with family and friends. Go to a club, bar, or a gathering and join in the festivities. If you know someone who will be alone this holiday season, contact them and invite them out – it will make a big difference.
  • Allow yourself to do nothing. All year we spend our time working and trying to meet other’s expectations. In this holiday season, please allow yourself some time to do absolutely nothing. Sleep all day, watch an entire season of a TV series in one session, eat a whole box of cookies… Relax – and don’t feel bad about it.

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5. Treat Your Feet Right
  • Wear boots as persistently damp or sweaty feet can promote bacterial infections. Dry your feet before putting them in your shoes as humidity is your enemy.
  • Make sure to wear proper fitting footwear as ill fitting and incorrectly sized shoes, ski boots, and skates can lead to chaffing, blisters, or arch and ankle injuries. Give your feet a rest for a period of time during the day and take off your shoes! This will improve circulation and decrease pressure on your feet.
  • Wash your feet with warm water and regularly. This will relax your muscles and decrease tension on your feet.

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6. Keep Your Children Safe
  • Check your children’s toys and read the instructions before letting them play. Make sure items don’t contain any small parts (especially batteries) that could cause them to choke. Remember to also check the recommended age, especially if your child receives a gift from someone other than you.
  • To prevent scalding burns, make sure you keep hot food or drinks away from the edge of any table or countertop accessible to your child.
  • When using electrical ornaments such as tree lights, check the wires and sockets for damage (even if they are new),  and keep them out of the reach of children.

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Is Bronchitis Contagious? Ask A Doctor on Curely!

One of the most commonly asked questions about consumer health and wellness is whether or not bronchitis is contagious. With the two types of bronchitis (acute or chronic) affecting over 12 million of people every year, it’s not a surprise that people may be seeking more information about this!

Bronchitis can affect anyone of any age, though typically those with chronic bronchitis are often smokers, over age of 45, or work in certain jobs where exposure to air pollutants can play a factor, such as coal mining, grain handling, or welding. These types of factors can also contribute or cause acute bronchitis as well, though it is often other sources such as virus or bacterial infection.

It’s also common for those affected by bronchitis to seek information about treatment, including natural and alternative options, and other information. This is where Curely can help. Not only can you get accurate, professional information about bronchitis, causes and treatments from a verified physician, you can ask as many questions about it, learn about treatment options, and other insight – all from the comfort of your smart phone, anytime, anywhere.

On Curely you can find pulmonologists, chronic disease specialists, and more health professionals! Use the search bar to find the doctor that best fits your needs.

To join Curely and ask your questions about bronchitis, CLICK HERE.

 

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