Wearable to monitor blood alcohol levels wins $200K prize; Family physician outlines barriers to wearable use;

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> A wrist wearable used for monitoring blood alcohol level has won the $200,000 first prize in the Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. Skyn uses fuel cell technology and taps Bluetooth to share and store the data on a smartphone. Announcement

> Arun Villivalam, M.D., a family physician in Los Gatos, California, recently outlined three barriers to the use of wearables in clinical practice, MedCity News reports. Article

Health Insurance News

> UnitedHealth Group will not participate in New Jersey's Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange in 2017, bringing to 27 the number of state marketplaces the large insurer has departed. Article

> The demise of a proposed deal between Staples and Office Depot may be yet another sign that two pending health insurer mergers are in for a tough regulatory review. The ruling, made public this week, essentially killed a $6.3 billion deal between the two office supply giants. Article

Health IT News

> A new risk assessment tool that uses real-time analytics may help manage risk for violence in psychiatric patients. The tool, created by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, incorporates factors such as personality disorder, substance abuse, cognitive deficits and others, as well as a patient's mood, stress management and anger management. Article

And Finally... Cardinal red is all in the genes. Article

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