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Smartphones can help grow vegetables

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It is possible that in near future, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables.

A Taipei, Taiwan-based company has developed a farm cube – a small enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app.

Instead of going outside to pick vegetables like lettuce, you could be harvesting your food inside your home, using a stack of farm cubes made by OPCOM.

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Jack Ting, CEO, OPCOM tells: “In this one, the one cycle, around six weeks, 200 pieces or 100 pieces depending on different vegetables.”

The cube uses hydroponics to grow plants without soil. Software controls the environment, so seedlings get the correct amount of air, light and water as they develop. A fan directs the air flow. The built-in lights are LEDs. Red lights promote the growth of the seedlings, while white light supports established plants.

Jack Ting adds: “All water is UV light purified, so it is very safe, even our vegetables, no need to wash.”

With an app that connects your smartphone or computer to the cube, you can monitor the process, or make your own adjustments to the air temperature, humidity and light settings.

For garden centers and commercial farmers, OPCOM has created a larger system called the farm container. Using solar power, this multi-cube can grow 2,000 plants at a time. (Deborah Block, VOA News, Washington)

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Smartphones Can Also Help Patients to Take Medicines on Time: Research

This study tested the impact of a smartphone application on medication compliance

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Researchers have found that a simple Smartphone apps can be a cost effective way of helping these patients take their medicines for the period prescribed. Pixabay

The smartphones are now frequently blamed for a lot of health problems, but it appears that the device may also have a positive impact on heart patients.

Researchers have found that a simple app can be a cost effective way of helping these patients take their medicines for the period prescribed, thereby reducing risk of premature death.

Following a heart attack, patients are prescribed medications to prevent another event.

However, one in four patients discontinue at least one drug in the first 30 days after discharge from hospital.

This leads to poor symptom control and an increased likelihood of rehospitalisation and premature death. There is currently no simple and cost-effective strategy to improve adherence.

The study presented at the 45th Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2019) held in Buenos Aires showed that heart patients using a smartphone app reminder are more likely to take their medication than those who receive written instructions.

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For those assigned to the Smartphone group, the prescribed medication schedule was uploaded to the digital application, and an alarm would ring each time a pill should be taken. Pixabay

“We hypothesised that the app would increase adherence by 30 per cent, but the impact was even greater,” said study author Cristian M. Garmendia, of the Cardiovascular Institute of Buenos Aires.

“Patients using the app were alerted to take their pills. They also had better knowledge about why they had been prescribed each medication and could check compliance with their doctor.”

This study tested the impact of a smartphone application on medication compliance. A total of 90 heart attack patients admitted to hospital were randomly allocated to the app or detailed written information (standard care).

Adherence to medical treatment was measured at 90 days using the Morisky Medical Adherence Scale (MMAS-8).

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The smartphones are now frequently blamed for a lot of health problems, but it appears that the device may also have a positive impact on heart patients. Pixabay

For those assigned to the smartphone group, the prescribed medication schedule was uploaded to the digital application, and an alarm would ring each time a pill should be taken.

After taking the pills, patients confirmed it in the application. Doctors could check daily adherence using a professional digital platform linked to the patient’s smartphone.

The average age of patients in the study was 63 years.

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At 90 days, significantly more patients in the digital application group were correctly taking their pills (65 per cent) compared to those who received standard care (21 per cent), said the study. (IANS)