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24 Sep

San Francisco Chronicle wine critic Esther Mobley was named feature wine writer of the year Thursday in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards, a prestigious international competition.

Mobley was recognized for her body of work in 2018, which included “Battle for Napa Valley’s future,” an insightful look at the 50th anniversary of the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve and the controversial 2018 ballot measure, Measure C, that sought to limit new vineyard plantings.

In reporting the story, Mobley found Napa Valley bitterly divided over the measure. She went on to detail in the article how “Measure C, and the oak trees it aims to protect, epitomize a battle over what Napa Valley has become and what it should be.”

“The great wine country of California has met its match in Esther Mobley, who has in a few short years become not only the go-to expert on the region’s industry and its world-renowned wines. She’s also the chronicler of a way of life, found in the stories of the winemakers, and the histories of the vineyards and their future under climate change,” said Kitty Morgan, deputy managing editor of The Chronicle. “It’s her amazing range — whether she takes up pop culture trends or the serious business of cult wines — that sets her apart.”

The Roederer awards — named after famed French wine producer Louis Roederer — is arguably the most prestigious writing award for wine journalists outside of an award from the James Beard Foundation.

“This award doesn’t just recognize my individual work — it also reflects The Chronicle’s amazing, ongoing commitment to wine coverage,” Mobley said. “I’m lucky to be the only wine critic at a daily newspaper on the West Coast, and we’re uniquely positioned to tell the story of California wine.”

Mobley joined The Chronicle in 2015 to cover the state’s wine, beer and spirits. She previously was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York.

Justin Phillips is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jphillips@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JustMrPhillips


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04 Sep

SleepScore Labs announced an algorithm built into its SleepScore App and SleepScore Max that generates a free ‘Sleep Report for Doctor.’ Customers will be notified when consistent periods of poor night’s sleep occur and given the opportunity to receive a comprehensive SleepScore CheckUp report, which includes a clinical sleep self-assessment for sleep disorders.

Seeking help for accurate solutions to improve sleep can be a time-consuming process, which explains the more than one billion people worldwide who suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea. To be a resource to consumers and help solve the underlying issue, SleepScore Labs developed the free ‘SleepScore CheckUp’ feature assessing the customer’s objective sleep for four consecutive weeks.

When the SleepScore App detects a pattern of poor sleep quality, the customer is prompted to answer a set of clinically validated questions designed to aide a healthcare professional in proper diagnosis of patients. When this self-assessment confirms the patient is experiencing signs of a sleep disorder, a comprehensive report is generated and sent by e-mail. The report lists both the objective data and self reported results, both of which can be easily interpreted and assists the healthcare professional to make an informed decision.

“According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65% of people experience a poor night’s sleep at least a few times a week,” Roy Raymann, PhD, vice president of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs, SleepScore Labs, says in a statement. “But not all sleep complaints can be solved with over-the-counter products. Some sleep problems need to be looked after by a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. Studies published in the Academic Journal of Sleep Medicine showed 85% of people with sleep apnea go undiagnosed and untreated and only 13% of people with insomnia ever consult a healthcare provider for their sleep problem. According to a recent report of Parks Associates, 49% of people say that they see value in bringing sleep data collected from their sleep tracker to their doctor if needed. This is why we developed SleepScore CheckUp: serving both doctors and people with a detailed longitudinal report on the customer’s objectively measured sleep for the most recent 30 nights of sleep.”

Designed in collaboration with sleep experts, SleepScore CheckUp provides detailed insights into recent sleep, reporting on the most common outcome measures used in sleep practice. The report is emailed to customers as a downloadable PDF which can be reviewed by a physician, or even be assessed remotely by a sleep expert via telemedicine provider to examine potential sleep issues. If a pattern of poor sleep quality is detected, SleepScore CheckUp will notify the user so discussions can begin with a healthcare provider or sleep specialist if needed. SleepScore CheckUp acts as a screening test and is by no means a diagnostic tool. Those experiencing poor sleep quality are always advised to visit their healthcare professional.

In conjunction with SleepScore CheckUp, SleepScore Labs announced its partnership with BetterNight, a sleep telemedicine provider, to facilitate online consultations with board-certified physicians for analyzing a customer’s sleep health and providing appropriate care where needed. According to Jackson Healthcare, telemedicine was predicted to attract more than seven million patient customers by 2018. To cater to growing consumer demand for remote healthcare services, the SleepScore CheckUp feature provides SleepScore App customers  longitudinal sleep data and the ability to receive immediate care remotely.

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02 Sep

CNBC reports that Apple will launch a new sleep monitoring feature for the Apple Watch called “Time in Bed tracking.”

The company has not yet provided a first-party way for Apple Watch owners to track their sleep, but may finally be ready to after acquiring a sleep tracking company named Beddit in 2017.

The report said it’s unclear if users will need to buy a new Apple Watch to use the feature, called “Burrito” internally, or if it will work with older models, too. Apple is expected to introduce new Apple Watches during its iPhone event on Sept. 10.

Apple will tell users how well they slept inside the Health app on an iPhone, with data pulled from sensors on the Apple Watch that detect movement, noises and a wearer’s heart rate, 9to5Mac said. Other wearables, such as those from Samsung and Fitbit, already provide sleep tracking capabilities. The feature could help Apple take sales away from competitors who have offered the option to track sleep.

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