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Why the FDA Wants More Health Wearables on the Market

December 18, 2015, 4:15 PM UTC
Latest Products At The Wearable Device Technology Expo
An attendant wears Fitbit Inc.'s Fitbit Zip wireless activity tracker for a photograph at the Wearable Expo in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. The world largest expo for wearable devices and technologies will be held through Jan.16. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photograph by Kiuoshi Ota — Bloomberg via Getty Images

A new wave of wearable computing devices that detect and monitor serious diseases is moving from the laboratory to the market, potentially transforming the treatment of conditions ranging from epilepsy to diabetes and creating business opportunities estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars.