Digital Health

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Fibre-optic breakthrough for brain tumour treatment

Tiny sensor has huge potential for treating otherwise inoperable brain cancers.<p>University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers have successfully …

Cancer

Test your DNA at a pharmacy? Now you can

MyDNA project will allow pharmacists to determine which medications will work best for patients<p>A new DNA test being offered at select Canadian …

Determine

AI-controlled brain implants for mood disorders tested in people

Researchers funded by the US military are developing appliances to record neural activity and automatically stimulate the brain to treat mental …

The Brain

Google voice recognition could transcribe doctor visits

Doctors work long hours, and a disturbingly large part of that is documenting patient visits -- one study indicates that they spend 6 hours of an 11-hour day making sure their records are up to snuff. But how do you streamline that work without hiring an army of note takers? Google Brain and …

Medicine

Scientists Genetically Engineer a Form of Gluten-Free Wheat

A freshly baked roll is as delightful as a soft, fluffy cloud on a summer’s day. What gives bread much of its appealing texture is gluten, a group of …

Gluten

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

A decade ago I bought my first smartphone, a clunky little BlackBerry 8830 that came in a sleek black leather sheath. I loved that phone. I loved the way it effortlessly slid in and out of its case, loved the soft purr it emitted when an email came in, loved the silent <i>whoosh</i> of its trackball as I …

Point-of

Quick Take Video Summary from The New England Journal of Medicine — Point-of-Care Loa loa Testing for Onchocerciasis Control

Medical Journals

Information About Self-Administration of Gene Therapy

Gene therapy is the administration of genetic material to modify or manipulate the expression of a gene product or to alter the biological properties …

Genetics

Scientists Alter Consciousness Without Drugs Using 'Hallucination Machine'

Meet the VR of psychedelic drugs.<p>By on<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Imagine you’re looking around at a bustling city square, complete with …

Consciousness

This Tiny Implant Could Get Paralyzed Patients Moving Again

Imagine if a matchstick-sized brain implant could circumvent damaged spinal cords and help paralyzed people become mobile -- powered by their own …

Breakthroughs

Fitness advice: How to use a heart rate monitor to burn more fat during your workouts

Do you find it hard to motivate yourself whilst training on your own? Or do you feel like you could have worked harder in your training session? Then …

Wearable Tech

Maybe Santa shouldn’t bring the kids any internet-enabled toys this year

Germany is cracking down on the sale of smart watches aimed at kids between the ages of 5 and 12 years over concerns that they can be turned into spying devices. <b>German telecom watchdog, the Federal Network Agency has banned the sale of the devices</b>, and in an announcement made Friday, they said they …

Kids

Nucleic acid purification from plants, animals and microbes in under 30 seconds

1. Ward E, Foster SJ, Fraaije BA, McCartney HA. Plant pathogen diagnostics: immunological and nucleic acid-based approaches. Ann Appl Biol. 2004;145: …

Biology

The Digital Health Newsletter for Nov 21, 2017

That Time A Researcher Wished His Brain Tumor Had A Share Button

As preparation for the Forbes Healthcare Summit next week, I’ve been going through past presentations. This one, from 2015, is one of my all-time favorites.<p>In 2007, Steven Keating, then an MIT postdoc, volunteered for a research study that involved an MRI of a brain. Researchers found an …

Cancer

Digital opioids help doctors track prescription painkiller use

The pills are equipped with sensors powered by stomach acid<p>The latest weapon in the fight against opioid addiction may be sensors in prescription opioids that alert physicians whenever their patients pop a pill. These digital pills aren’t on the market yet, but a small test run shows that they can …

Pain

The £40 smart plaster that spots sepsis six hours early

A smart plaster that detects the early signs of sepsis is to be fast-tracked into NHS hospitals as the gadget is earmarked for rapid adoption across …

Spit test may diagnose, predict duration of concussion in kids

<b>(CNN) —</b> A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to a study published Monday in the JAMA Pediatrics.<p>A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to either the head or the body. Though not …

Medicine

A New Algorithm Can Spot Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>Today<p>A New Algorithm Can Spot Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist<p>Add diagnosing dangerous lung diseases …

Machine Learning

AISense wants to deliver total recall by transcribing all your conversations

There’s a new machine learning company on the block, with big ambitions to help people remember every conversation they’ve ever had. Called AISense, the company operates a voice transcription system that’s designed to work through long conversations using machine learning and provide users with a …

Machine Learning

Apple launching special Thanksgiving challenge for Apple Watch users

Ahead of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Apple is launching its Apple Watch Activity Challenge for customers in the United States.<p>U.S.-based Apple Watch users who rack up a 5K workout this Thursday, November 23, will be rewarded with the 2017 Thanksgiving Activity badge and iMessage sticker.<p>The challenge …

Smartwatches

Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation the new Prozac?

Brielle Wellington was one week away from succumbing to the disability pension due to chronic pain. After years of being on the doctors' circuit …

Medicine

Blockchain and Global Health

Every year, some $455 billion of the world’s health care spending is lost to fraud—an amount that is more than the GDPs of Finland and Sri Lanka …

Ban Ki-moon

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a shout-out to a $100-per-year app for doctors — here's what it does

• <b>Advances in machine learning now mean that doctors can take a photo and identify the disease or condition depicted.</b>• <b><br>Apple is a fan of one specific app, VisualDx, that uses new machine learning software to assist with diagnosis on an iPhone.</b>• <b><br>VisualDx has built a database of 32,000 high-quality medical</b> …

Medicine

Revenge porn will soon be a crime in New York City

New York City has unanimously passed legislation that makes revenge porn a crime.<p>The city council voted on Thursday to make it a misdemeanor to disclose, or to threaten to disclose, the intimate images of someone without their consent andwith the intent to cause harm. The act will be punishable of …

Law

Scary 'Slaughterbots' video shows danger of autonomous killer drones

Commentary: An institute backed by Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk offers a graphic warning against machines that decide whom to kill.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When you're smart, you can make decisions all for yourself.<p>That could be a …

Stephen Hawking

Medical watch uses AI to monitor health | Reuters.com

The smartwatch health monitor that promises an early warning system for medical emergencies and can even call an ambulance, as Stuart McDill reports.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>The latest health monitor watching over its wearer - on permanent call for any signs of illness. Sensors on the MAP …

Medical Technology

Germany Bans Kids' Smartwatches, Classifies Them as Illegal Spying Devices

Germany's Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the country's telecommunications agency, has banned the sale of children's smartwatches after …

Identity Theft

Health IQ raises $34.6 million for life insurance for healthy people

People who work out and eat healthily shouldn’t have to pay as much for life insurance.<p>That’s the concept behind Health IQ, a startup that’s been making headways in the “insureTech” category.<p>Venture capitalists have been betting that insurance is ready for change and Health IQ has convinced …

Insurance