Tag Archives: Health

Don’t be like Quasimodo

25 Jan

Doctors are worried. More and more young people develop serious back and neck problems, such as a hunchback or hernia, by the frequent use of their smartphone. Especially young people are literally fused with their phone.

Doctors increasingly notice young people with humps and hernias. 40% of young people between 8 and 18 year have complaints to their back or neck, according to the latest research from the Zorgkompas. “A serious development,” says Piet van Loon, orthopedic surgeon. “The back and neck problem starts to become a huge problem in our country. And this is mainly by the increasing misuse of tablets and smartphones. ”

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Maurice Blom of the Dutch Chiropractors Association, recognizes the problem: “I see a lot of young people between 12 and 18 years in my practice who suffer from their neck and back by using their smartphone. Eventually there may arise humps”. Research says that smartphone-users look on their phone for an average of 4 hours a day. This means that the cervical vertebrae will be overloaded for 1400 hours a year. In extreme cases this has to be corrected with a surgery.

How does such a bulging arise in the back? According to Blom, it begins with a strenuous muscle-and joint pains. “It sounds quite logical when you consider that our head weighs about five kilos and rests on only a few vertebrae. If that weight continuous hangs down, a curvature will be created. The muscles at the back become stronger and the muscles on the front are slacking by the many use of smartphones and tablets”.

Prevention is better than cure. But how do you use your smartphone or tablet wisely without getting a chance of a hunchback or other nasty complaints? A few tips:

  • Take an active body posture. How? If you’re standing up, you have to hold your hands with your mobile phones up of your face, so your face is in a straight line to your screen. Let your shoulders hang and do not bend over.
  • A more active body posture while sitting down is more difficult. Because, sitting down in chairs and sofas makes it easier to hang, which gives you a curvy body posture. What do you need to do? Sit on the edge of your chair if you use your smartphone or tablet. Don’t bend over with your head, but bring your smartphone up to your face.
  • Do daily exercise to create a stronger upper back.

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After reading and writing this post, I really began to wonder if the use of my smartphone also begin to have effect on my own neck or back. At first I’d never thought of it, because I didn’t have any problems so far. Now I know that around 40% of people of my age suffer with these problems, I do think it’s a pretty important problem. Unfortunately, people who don’t know this, won’t keep these tips in mind while using their phone of tablet. The use of smartphones do have more impact on people’s health than we might think at first, but I think we should be more aware of the problems they can cause, so we can deal with it in a smart way. The one thing I’m really sure about, is that I don’t want my smartphone to have impact om my own health, so I’m definitely going to use these tips to prevent any back or neck complications.






Smart Dutch patch

15 Jan

A new Dutch invention can save a lot of time and money from 2017 in hospitals. It is a smart patch full of sensors which checks itself how a wound heals. Nursing staff can track the data of the heeling process via an app on their phone or tablet. Bandage has only to be changed when necessary. It sounds pretty convenient, because in this way you don’t have to remove your patch or bandage anymore to check if your wound is healing.


In the DermaTrax-patch are small sensors processed which can measure if there is an infection, what the temperature is inside the wound, how moist is in it and what the height of the PH-value is. All these results are handed over a wireless connection.

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Smart minds

Holst Centre/TNO supplied the technology. Together with researchers from the Irish Tyndall National Institute and Fleming Medical developed the Eindhovense research center the patch.

Smart price

DermaTrax is not much more expensive than a regular patch. We have just added a layer to, says Jeroen van den Brand, program manager at HolstCentre/TNO. The aim is that the patch is going to be only €1 more expensive that the a regular one.

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Smart light

Want an even more modern patch? No worries, there is a patch in development that speeds up the healing process by using led light. It is only going to take a while before this one reaches the market.

This patch definitely contributes to the Quality of Life, because usually you have to remove the patch or bandage to see of the wound is already healing. Nowadays, with all the improvements of technology, it didn’t take long before they increased simple things as a patch. You can’t really call it a life changing innovation, but it saves some time and money because they don’t have to remove and waste the patches unnecessary to check whether the wound is already healed or not.





Zensorium Tinke

1 Oct

Have you ever wondered how healthy you are at any giving moment? Now there’s a way to find out, without going to the hospital for a checkup. With a tiny device called Tinke, you can do it all by yourself.

What is it?
Tinke is a miniature wellness and stress monitor. It’s a small, really light device which you can plug into your iPhone. After doing this, you can press your thumb on the screen. Now your iPhone will show your current condition, your heart rate, your blood and oxygen levels and your heart rhythm.

Why is it cool?
I think Tinke is a very cool app, because people can see their current conditions within a few seconds. The app shows the results with some matching pictures, so the user can easily understand how the results are displayed. When they think something’s wrong with their health, they can use Tinke to find out whether it’s a serious problem and then might go see a doctor.

Why does it have future growth potential?
Because people can check their current condition at any time of the day, they can keep an eye on their own health. As a result, they won’t go to see a doctor as soon as they think something might be wrong with them. So doctors have more time to help people with serious problems, instead of listening to people who come to their offices with some vague symptoms.



Food Tripping

1 Oct

A classic road trip may seem the perfect excuse for you to grab a big mag or a take away from the Burger King. Although it’s tasty, fast and easy, lots of people regret their unhealthy snack the minute they throw way the wrapping.

To avoid this, the team of the sustainability-oriented multimedia platform SHFT, developed the Food Tripping app.

What is it?

The Food Tripping app helps you to locate the nearest healthy food options near you, within the US. The iOS and Android friendly app uses GPS to locate the nearest SHFT-approved dining options, to make sure you have a nice, healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Why is it cool?

Food Tripping is an attractive and inspiring app, because more and more people prefer a healthy dinner over a fast, unhealthy snack. By using this app, you have the opportunity to choose a healthy dinner instead of a fast take-away meal.

Why does it have future growth potential?

This healthy app could also be a source of inspiring, because, while using it, people are more likely to have a good think before they go to something like the Mac drive.

It’s also a way to find dining options near to you where you might have never been. This gives you the opportunity to try something healthy, different and new.

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