Police use apps to prevent drug abuse; New startup wants to reinvent the PHR;

> Police in Warrenton, Ore., have partnered with app developers to create an app to help get unused, or excess pharmaceuticals off the streets. The goal: To help prevent or reduce prescription drug abuse, according to a story at the Daily Astorian. The Warrenton Police Department is working with the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC), a public health campaign against prescription drug abuse to distribute the app, "AMCC Rx Drop," which tells users where they can safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications. Article

> An intrepid new startup, Cognovant, aims to reinvent, and reinvigorate, the deflated personal health record market. With $500,000 in seed money, it's debuting a platform that company officials say is low-cost and will be far more user-controlled than PHRs of the past. Here's one way: Users can store their records on their own phones, rather than in a central database. Article

> The University of California and its partners just received a major grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its tattoo-like sensor/fetal monitor. The sensor adheres to the skin and continuously monitors uterine contractions, fetal heart rate and oxygen, and maternal heart rate and body temperature, according to an article at Medgadget. Article

> Check out this interesting New York Times piece on the evolving role of mobile health globally. Article

And Finally... From one marathon to another. Article