Apple Watch triggers chain-reaction rescue after woman’s seizure

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Fall detection could be a lifesaver for some Apple Watch wearers.
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Apple Watch’s fall detection feature came the rescue of a Sydney, Australia woman who fell unconscious after suffering a seizure.

Kate Donald has epilepsy and was home alone, but her Apple Watch Series 4 sent out emergency text messages to first responders and her husband, according to news reports.

Apple Watch wearer saved by fall detection in Norway

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The fall detection feature in Apple Watch Series 4 can distinguish between a fall, a trip and a slip.
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The ECG on the Apple Watch Series 4 has made a lot of news for alerting some wearers to potentially fatal heart problems.

Now, the watch’s fall detection feature grabs its own hero headline.

A 67-year-old man in Norway was home alone when he fainted and suffered a hard fall in his bathroom that left him unconscious. There, he might have stayed had the Series 4 watch he was wearing not sent alerts to first responders.

Free Apple Watches may land on some senior citizens’ wrists

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That includes a life-saving ECG app.
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Apple and a handful of private Medicare insurers are exploring a deal that could subsidize the cost of Apple Watches for people over 65 to use for health tracking.

Insurance companies offering the Apple Watch free or at a reduced cost as a carrot to get healthy is a growing trend as the watch continues to grab headlines for its health benefits.

Apple’s little-known sleep tracker could get big update soon

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Beddit 3 sees you when you’re sleeping; it knows when you’re awake.
Beddit 3 sees you when you’re sleeping; it knows when you’re awake.
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The FCC granted its approval for Apple to make a “Sleep Monitor.” This is almost certainly an improved version of the Beddit, a product the company acquired last year.

It will apparently join Apple’s growing lineup of health-tracking products.

How to set up and track Apple Watch wheelchair workouts

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Apple Watch now supports wheelchair users.
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People in wheelchairs no longer get treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Apple Watch’s fitness-tracking features. With the recent watchOS 3.0 update, which brings lots of big changes to the fitness-oriented wearable, Apple Watch wheelchair workouts can be tracked after a quick and easy setup.

Future Apple Earphones Could Track Your Health [Patent]

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A new Apple patent, published Tuesday, reveals how future Apple earbuds and headphones might incorporate health-monitoring features.

The patent shows how a monitoring system could be cleverly built into Apple earphones, and used to track activity such as speed and distance traveled during exercise. The device would also be able to sense other biometric data relating to metrics body temperature, perspiration rate, and heart rate.