Sep 13, 2018

The Apple Watch's move into heart monitoring

Apple Watch released in the September 12 product launch. Photo: Qi Heng/VCG via Getty Images

Apple expanded its health care footprint yesterday with its latest Apple Watch, adding features that can monitor users' heart rates and also detect falls.

The big picture: Apple is carving out a consistent niche for itself as the tech industry more broadly searches for ways into the health care market.

  • The fitness and health monitoring functions of the Apple Watch are already one of the company's selling points, and its recent move to help consumers more easily access and store their own health records has gotten good reviews.

There are limits to the watch's new capabilities. The Food and Drug Administration signed off on Apple's heart-monitoring features, but said consumers should use them "for informational purposes only" and should not use them as the basis for any clinical decisions without consulting a doctor first.

Doctors said the new features could help patients quickly identify an irregular heartbeat, but could also lead to false positives and over-treatment.

  • One cardiologist "said it isn’t clear whether the watch’s benefits in detecting asymptomatic cases outweigh such risks," the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • He's not alone, as UCSF scientist Ethan Weiss tweets:

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Intelligence community watchdog suggests Trump fired him for doing his job

Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the Intelligence Community,at the Capitol in October. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson said suggested in a statement Sunday President Trump fired him for "having faithfully discharged my legal obligations."

Why it matters: Atkinson alerted Congress last September to the whistleblower complaint that triggered Trump's impeachment. The firing is part of a broader push to purge the administration of officials deemed disloyal to the president.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 9,500

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 9,500 in the U.S. Sunday evening, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday this upcoming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. Biden says DNC may have to hold virtual convention.
  5. States updates: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is "literally going day-to-day" with supplies.
  6. World update: Queen Elizabeth II urges the British people to confront pandemic with "self-discipline" and "resolve" in rare televised address.
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