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Italian News - April 2

Italian researchers have come up with software able to send heart-beat, blood-pressure and blood-sugar data via cellphone. "All you need is a wireless device and the monitoring equipment, preferably worn on the body," said Fabrizio Conforti of Pisa's Institute of Clinical Physiology. "The software puts together a clinical picture and the cellphone does the rest".

Conforti said the new device could enable heart patients to monitor their pulse and blood pressure. "If the data is over the top, the cellphone sends an emergency signal, via SMS or e-mail, to the specialist or medical facility hooked up to the system.

Handy blood-pressure monitors for home use are available in many countries but the Italian device is believed to be the first that hooks up directly to a cell phone.