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> A San Francisco start-up focused on wearable technologies, including Google Glass innovation, has raised $8 million in new funding, according to an article in Fortune. Wearable Intelligence already has four Glass products in the market. One, called Director, offers healthcare clinicians a hands-free workflow system for operational checklists and procedures. A second, called Mentor, offers real-time data alerts relating to a patient's vital signs. Article

> A metro Detroit pharmacy is providing customers and patients a free app for ordering and managing prescriptions. The Henry Ford Rx app also sends users alerts when medication is ready for pickup and provides user an overview of their medical records, according to an announcement on the app. Announcement

> A new armband, Myo, is one of the latest advancement in wearable mHealth and may eliminate the need for touch pads, buttons, remote control and even voice control when it comes to wearable computing devices, according to a Forbes article. It relies on subtle hand gestures to interact with apps on smartglasses, such as Google Glass. Article

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> A new study reveals that self-monitoring of blood pressure using fairly inexpensive oscillometric devices can help patients suffering from high-blood pressure. Researchers warn however that home-based programs be conducted with medical supervision. Article

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> "Puppy time" can be a viable stress reducer for emergency room doctors and nurses, according to results from a program run at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The "Pet a Pooch" program giving clinicians a much-needed break from the daily work stress and is also providing to be a viable way to find homes for puppies and kittens. Article

And Finally… IBM's Watson cooking up something beyond cancer treatments. Article