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Blueprint for a Better Human Body

People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.<p>When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing: that her right leg is made out of carbon fiber and metal. It’s also part of her. “It is my right …

Prosthetics

IBM Announces Deals With Apple, Johnson And Johnson, And Medtronic In Bid To Transform Health Care

Experts in health care and information technology agree on the future’s biggest opportunity: the creation of a new computational model that will link together all of the massive computers that now hold medical information. The question remains: who will build it, and how?<p>IBM is today staking its …

Digital Health

Nanotech replaces your torn knee ligament without further pain

As Tom Brady and other athletes can attest, you really, <i>really</i> want to avoid tearing your knee's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). It can't heal up, and the tendon graft used to reconstruct it will likely leave you with permanent pain. Victims may have a much easier time of things if Northwestern …

This CEO is out for blood

<i>[Author’s note: On December 17, 2015, I published a protracted correction to this article here.]</i><p>In the fall of 2003, Elizabeth Holmes, a 19-year-old …

Philips introduces BlueTouch, PulseRelief control for pain relief

Pain sufferers have a new way to manage their personal treatment to relieve pain, said Philips. Its introduction this month of BlueTouch and …

Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

It is astonishing that the design of crutches hasn’t changed much since they were invented about 100 years ago. Behzad Rashidi’s brilliant Sit & …

Handsfree

Pill Covered In Needles Injects You With Drugs From Inside Your Gut

Seems like a hard pill to swallow -- but actually, it's pretty easy<p>People who dread the sharp stab of an injection at the doctor's office may be in luck. A team of researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a capsule coated in needles for patients to swallow, enabling …

Boston

Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Researchers in Germany have grown complete spinal cords in a Petri dish<p>• The man who grew eyes • The lab-grown penis comes closer<p>As regenerative medicine and stem cell technologies continue to progress, so the list of tissues and organs that can be grown from scratch – and potentially replaced – …

You Should Share Your Health Data: Its Value Outweighs the Privacy Risk

<i>This article first appeared in Wired on Nov 6, 2014</i><p>From genome-based therapeutics and diagnostics to pulse-monitoring smart watches, health data is …

Digital Health

With $100 Million, Entrepreneur Sees Path to Disrupt Medical Imaging - MIT Technology Review

A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what’s inside is being developed by …

Imaging

Microsoft's fitness wearable leaked in mobile app stores

Speculation has been circling that Microsoft will unveil a fitness wearable in the near future and we’ve now got our first look at the upcoming device thanks to a leak of its syncing software by Apple, Google and even Microsoft’s own app store.<p>The device, which is simply referred to as the …

Bright.md raises $1M for remote primary care platform

The investment money continues to roll into the virtual and mobile care space. In the U.S. we now spend about $150 billion a year to treat simple primary care health problems, and many of those problems don’t require the hands-on attention of a physician.<p>Many of the telemedicine startups we’ve seen …

Researchers attach iPhone to slitlamp for eye exams over Skype

Teleophthalmology is the ability to perform eye exams over a long distance virtually. The ability to have real time image transference is crucial to …

Health Industry Cashes In One Year After Rocky Obamacare Rollout

Even after the disastrous rollout of the healthcare.gov web site a year ago, health insurance companies and providers of medical care are reporting more promising profits as third quarter earnings emerge.<p>Although the next enrollment period for uninsured Americans seeking coverage from …

Omada brings pre-diabetes into the open with virtual prevention

There’s an oft-heard story in digital health circles: A patient comes into the doctor’s office complaining of common pre-diabetic symptoms, so the doctor — who has no treatment code for “pre-diabetes” — tells the patient, “Come back when you have diabetes.”<p>And the patient often does come back with …