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The Brain Hack That Could Kill Your Procrastination

Recent research suggests we can artificially create motivation with a combination of psyching ourselves up and an fMRI scanner.<p>We can psych ourselves up and try to get motivated all we want, but it's often easier said than done. But recent research suggests that it can be scientifically crafted. …

Meet the App That Wants to Beat Depression and Anxiety

One in four people experience a mental illness or neurological condition at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization. Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and other mental health problems have become the leading cause of ill-health and disability.<p>Unfortunately, many …

Mental Disorders

Apple Watch use to diagnose a heart condition raises red flags

Even though Apple Watch was used to diagnose a heart arrhythmia, there are several red flags to beware of.The post Apple Watch use to diagnose a …

A new $100 million company could transform the way we interact with our own DNA

Yet despite all that, most people don't get their own DNA sequenced — in part because it's still hard for the average person to get any practical knowledge from the information in their genomes. We still don't know how to interpret a lot of our genetic information.<p>Unless a person is curious about …

There's no need to fear dementia. The end of the epidemic is in sight | Rudi Westendorp

The risk of getting dementia is actually decreasing and the prospect of living to a fulfilled old age is better than ever before<p>Only few want to grow old, as most of us are afraid of becoming senile. But now that our bodies last longer in better health, our brain being no exception, the prospect of …

7 Ideas in Psychology That Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

Over the course of human history our collective knowledge is continuously changing shape and growing. We know more today than we did 100 years ago, …

90 minutes in nature really change the brain

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.<p>Specifically, the study finds that people who …

There’s a dark side to startups, and it haunts 30% of the world’s most brilliant people

For Heinz, it was seeing the surfers at Del Mar. He raised his phone to snap a photo for a friend.<p>Mike Alfred saw the grin on his face, so he took his own photo of his friend's happiness.<p>Heinz's long, curly brown hair is whipping back in the wind secured only by a green San Francisco hat. A black …

Healthcare Outcomes Improve When Technology Imitates Nature

Computers are increasingly integrated into almost every aspect of our health and well-being. But computers usually just do what you tell them to do. Their programming dictates exactly how they behave, and if you want to have a computer act in an intelligent way, you have to anticipate and design …

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole …

Apple's New Plan For Healthcare: The Doctor Will Track You Now

An Apple relay will keep your doctor’s fears allayed.<p>That’s the plan, at least, behind the company’s growing health care strategy: To use the Apple HealthKit platform to collect real-time data from iPhones, the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, and other devices — and connect it to hospitals, …

We Can Predict When People Are Going To Die From Their “DNA Clock”

Scientists have discovered a human “biological clock” based on certain changes to genes, called DNA methylation. These are important for the …

How to Beat Depression and Start Feeling Better About Yourself

Albert Ellis<p>You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.<p><b>Are You Feeling Depressed?</b><p>Depression …

Bryony Gordon goes to see a doctor about her depression

How the other half lives: struggling with mental-health problems, Bryony Gordon visits a GP<p>The doctor’s waiting-room is cold and the walls are a disconcerting shade of orange, like nicotine. There are people coughing and sneezing while some just stare into the middle distance, and I wonder if they …

Design for Healthcare

<b>Worrell is a global design firm that specializes in healthcare innovation and strategy.</b> <br>Since 1976, Worrell has served medical device and …

23andMe will offer your genetic data to researchers (with your consent)

The genetic samples you send to 23andMe aren't just useful for discovering your roots or potential illnesses -- they could soon help pharmaceutical research, too. The company has struck a deal that opens its DNA research platform to Pfizer's scientists, letting them use the data to quickly find …

A Prescription For Better Health And Cost Savings

Business-driven analytics and integrated patient insights provide information and opportunities for retail pharmacies and other community healthcare organizations to better understand their customers and improve quality of care. With the right tools and data, these companies can deliver better …

10 Daily Habits of the Happiest People You Know

Want more emotional sunshine in your world? Try these simple tips.<p>You probably know someone who's eternally positive and makes you feel good just by emanating his or her perpetual sunshine. How do you become this kind of magnetic individual? Do what happy people do.<p>1. Refuse to make …

Using Algorithms to Predict the Next Outbreak

There’s no doubt that our world faces complex challenges, from a warming climate to violent uprisings to political instability to outbreaks of disease. The number of these crises currently unfolding – in combination with persistent economic uncertainty – has led many leaders to lament the rise of …

How Successful People Quash Stress

We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives? Researchers at Yale University have the answer. They found that intense stress actually reduces the …

Healthcare in the Cloud

Cloud-based services are becoming more widely adopted by healthcare organizations. The past year has seen a surge of interest regarding the potential …

Data From Our Wearables Is Now Courtroom Fodder

Courtrooms typically lag in technological innovation. But emerging technologies inevitably creep in when lawyers try to make their cases. Data …

Early HealthKit adapters are rapturous — New report shows lack of skilled health informatics professionals — Pros and cons of big data to evaluate medical data

<i>With help from David Pittman (@David_Pittman) and Arthur Allen (@ArthurAllen202)</i><p><b>EARLY HEALTHKIT ADAPTERS ARE RAPTUROUS:</b> Early clinical adopters of Apple’s HealthKit are thrilled with what it’s doing but so far have scant evidence the platform will be a game-changer for mobile health technology — or …

Digital Health

The Movo Wave is a stripped-down fitness tracker that costs just $30

These days, there are only two reasons for us to write about fitness trackers: Either they pack an impressive number of sensors, or they're really, really cheap. The Wave, from a new startup called Movo, definitely falls into the latter category. The device itself is unremarkable in every way -- …

Hype Around Healthcare Wearables Runs Into Reality

Makers and boosters of wearable technology have had a few reality checks lately.<p>Late last month, while we Americans were enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend and/or indulging in the Black Friday retail frenzy, Juniper Research over in the UK was putting out a report forecasting that fitness …

Investors, pay attention to these three health trends

<i>This is a guest post by Jiff CEO Derek Newell</i><p>Digital health may be garnering all the glory for its promise to transform health care, but take a closer look and you’ll find a promising next wave of health care investments.<p>With a proliferation of mobile apps and data being generated at a dizzying …

Attention digital health startups: VCs say now is a ‘great’ time to raise money

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s a great time for health startups to raise money, according to some of the biggest names in health investing.<p>Funding for digital health grew dramatically in 2012 and is continuing to climb. The health market is pegged at $6 trillion worldwide, and there are far-reaching …

Digital Health Update: Investors Hopeful But Disruption Elusive

This morning, Rock Health released its midyear report on the state of digital health, a sector that continues to demonstrate a growth in venture funding, in contrast to other areas of healthcare. It’s not just capital — Rock Health might have also highlighted venture’s increased deployment of …

How will wearable tech change healthcare? Qualcomm Life backs new incubator to find out

The wearable technology trend is beginning to take off and two big health organizations want to make sure that they’re not left behind. This week, …