The More Bells and Whistles It Has, the Less Accurate It's Probably Going
Pedometers seem to come with more and more extras. Do we really need
One expert says no:
The latest models not only will count the number of steps you take but
can check your pulse, show how far you've gone, tell how many calories
you've burned and let you know when it's time to quit.
"We really encourage people to get the single-function step counter because
most people don't want to fuss with all the extras," says Helen Thompson of
America on the Move, the foundation promoting pedometer use.
"The more bells and whistles it has, the less accurate it's probably going
to be. To measure calories burned or distance covered, you have to put in
the length of your stride. But most people will enter a meaningful stride,
which is a little longer than an everyday walk, and that throws off all the
January 31st, 2007
Omron Measures Metabolism and Skeletal Muscle Mass Levels
Omron has announced its latest body fat monitor, the
HBF-500. According to a
company press release:
The HBF-500 is a consumer-friendly, easy-to-use scale which not only
measures visceral fat, but resting metabolism and skeletal muscle mass
levels--both helpful indicators for consumers to use when determining
appropriate calorie intake and amount of exercise.
A person's resting metabolism, or amount of calories burned daily through
normal activity, often decreases with age. However, building up skeletal
muscle mass (muscles attached to bones and used to move the body) through
exercise and other activity enables a person to maintain a higher resting
metabolism and prevent weight gain.
The HBF-500 scale also takes more common measurements such as body fat
percentage, weight and BMI to help users plan proactive steps toward better
More information is at the
January 24th, 2007
Matsushita's New Wrist Blood Pressure Monitors
News reports that Matsushita is to launch a new series of "wrist-watch"
blood pressure monitors. Initially sales will be in Japan only, with a
launch date of February 1st. Three models will be available, all under the
"Diagnostic" brand, and the company is targeting total monthly sales of
18,500 units. According to a
company press release (in Japanese only), a total of 1.45 million blood
pressure monitors were sold in Japan in 2005, rising to an estimated 1.5
million in 2006 and a forecast 1.55 million in 2007.
January 17th, 2007
Conception - The Question of Timing
Newsday has followed up yesterday's Clearblue Easy
Fertility Monitor press release (below) with its own interesting
pregnancy monitor report, including an interview with an independent
expert who seems to agree that the Clearblue really does provide an
excellent means of determining the best time for conception:
"It is very interesting," said Dr. Nancy Jasper, an assistant clinical
professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital in
Manhattan, who wasn't part of the study. "The latest ovulation monitor that
measures a by-product of estrogen and leutinizing hormone opens the window
for women to have more opportunities to get pregnant."
Most monitors just measure leutinizing hormone, or LH, which surges on the
brink of ovulation and tells women ovulation will occur in the next 24 to 36
hours. The Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor lets women know when they are a
few days away from ovulating, based on their urine, so they have more time
to try and conceive. Jasper said the egg is usually viable for 48 hours.
Sperm is still active for three to five days.
..."Many women don't have a perfectly timed cycle," Jasper said. "And for
many women, timing is an issue in trying to conceive. That is why this type
of monitoring is ideal."
January 12th, 2007
Get Pregnant Quicker
release from Inverness Medical Innovations says new research "proves"
that the company's Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor "can significantly
improve the odds of a quicker conception".
The results of this controlled study are being published in the February
issue of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's publication
"Fertility & Sterility"....
Findings revealed that approximately 23% of women who took part in the
research using the Monitor became pregnant during the first two cycles of
use, compared with 14% of the women who were not using the Monitor. This
indicates that over a third more women conceived using the Clearblue Easy
Fertility Monitor. Additionally, product feedback was overwhelmingly
positive with 90% of participants agreeing that the Fertility Monitor was
easy to use.
January 11th, 2007
In-Car Alcohol Detection Systems
is developing a system - based on steering wheel sweat sensors - that
will detect if a driver has consumed excessive alcohol, and which will be
able to shut down the vehicle. The company reportedly expects to start
installing the system in cars by the end of 2009. Nissan is also working on
in-car breathalyzers. More
January 4th, 2007