Digital Health

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Supercomputer helps determine which puppies can serve the blind

<b>YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. --</b> If there are two things that seem to be polar opposites, it's the warm exuberance of puppies and the cold intelligence of a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Digital Health Newsletter for July 27, 2017

Today the U.S. FDA announced its " Digital Health Innovation Action Plan" and the launch of its " Software Precertification (PreCert) Pilot Program". …

Karenann Terrell appointed Chief Digital & Technology Officer, GSK | GSK

<b>Issued: London UK</b><p>GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced that Karenann Terrell has been appointed Chief Digital & Technology Officer with …

CIOs

Apple and Cochlear team up to roll out the first implant made for the iPhone

Apple has teamed up with Australian-based Cochlear to bring iPhone users the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant.<p>Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

NEW YORK (AP) — At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.<p>But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made DNA.<p>Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA …

DNA

The wearables battlefield is strewn with casualties

In business, the phrase "we are reviewing strategic options" is a useful sign that shutters are being drawn. <i>Wareable</i> reports that those words were uttered by TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn when discussing his company's wearables division. Sales of its running watches have fallen by 20 percent in a year, …

Wearable Tech

This App Connects Veterans In Crisis With Other Veterans Who Are Willing To Talk

Objective Zero enlists other veterans to help fight the suicide epidemic among returning soldiers.<p>As a teenager growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia, Justin Miller wanted nothing more than to get out and join the armed forces. He tried a couple times; after the planes struck the World Trade Center …

Veterans

CRISPR Therapeutics, Intellia Therapeutics, Caribou Biosciences and ERS Genomics Announce Appellate Brief Seeking Reversal of U.S. Patent Board Decision on CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing

• <b>Appeal seeks reversal of Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision terminating interference without determining priority of inventorship of CRISPR/Cas9</b> …

Genetics

The People Whose Genetic Tests Uncover Mysteries

AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with a more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. …

DNA

The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

The next time you’re swimming in Lake Geneva, don’t be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other …

A startup founded by Oxbridge dropouts has raised $8 million to try to solve chronic pain

Humans are living longer than ever, but those of us who sit at a computer for eight hours a day probably aren't ageing all that well.<p>According to the NHS, more people are living in chronic pain than ever — that means achy shoulders, wrists, knees, and backs for months at a time.<p>Hinge Health, a …

Pain

DNA Logic Gets Much Faster

Microsoft has taken quite an interest in the potential of DNA in computing over the years. Last year Microsoft researchers set a record for DNA data …

DNA

Wisconsin company to implant microchips in its employees in August

A Wisconsin tech company says they are about to become the first business in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to its employees.<p>Three Square Market (32M), a River Falls-based software design company, says starting August 1st, it will be offering microchips to all their employees. The chips will …

United States

A DNA App Store Is Here, but Proceed with Caution - MIT Technology Review

A Silicon Valley startup called Helix is betting on the notion that not only do people want to learn more about their DNA, but they'll also pay to …

DNA

The Digital Health Newsletter for July 23, 2017

A major publisher is interested in a book I’ve proposed on digital health. As is often the case with new authors, they’ve asked for a commitment from …

How doctors used virtual reality to save the lives of conjoined twin sisters

He compares this exercise to looking at a one-dimensional traffic map on your smartphone and thinking about that image in three-dimensional terms in …

Medicine

These preventive measures might help delay dementia or cognitive decline

A combination of dieting and exercise right now can help you in the future<p>In a landmark report, scientists have endorsed three strategies for preventing dementia and cognitive decline associated with normal aging — being physically active, engaging in cognitive training and controlling high blood …

Dementia

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier ⋅ Jul 22, 2017 ⋅ #284

I made this announcement to 57,242 members of the Digital Health group on LinkedIn. If you’re on LinkedIn, please do join the group, which allows you …

Digital Health

Bizarre wearable wants to shock you awake so you don’t fall asleep at the wheel

Forget guzzling down energy drinks and coffee to stay awake while driving, a new bracelet has been designed to nudge you awake at the wheel. And by nudge we mean zap you with an electric shock.<p>Steer is a wearable that doesn't noticeably do much until you start getting sleepy. But the device is …

Wearable Tech

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry - MIT Technology Review

Psychiatry, the study and prevention of mental disorders, is currently undergoing a quiet revolution. For decades, even centuries, this discipline …

Moms push for newborn genetic screening so families avoid 'paralyzing grief'

When Grace Grutter’s daughter, Nella, was six weeks old, Grutter suspected something was wrong. During tummy time, Nella stopped holding herself up and cried and fussed. Then she quit moving her legs. While Grutter visited the pediatrician several times, it wasn’t until Nella was 11 weeks old that …

Medicine

How insurance companies invented the data-mining of personal & medical information

<i>America’s oldest credit reporting bureau experiments with criminal records, sexual deviations, financial status, &</i> medical impairments.<p>Insurance …

Insurance

How to Control Those Extra Robotic Limbs You've Always Wanted

I am personally very excited to adopt a few extra robotic limbs, because I have a desperate need to improve my ski-boxing. Other people are probably …

Robotics

Apple patents discreet 911 calling tech for iPhone

Apple filed a patent Tuesday for a more discreet way to contact 911 using fingerprint technology.<p>Most smartphones can contact emergency services without being unlocked. However, the patent says, it could be "readily apparent to someone watching" and "may not be practical."<p>If the patented technology …

Patents

FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids

The FBI yesterday released a public service announcement (PSA) alerting parents to the dangers potentially imposed by smart toys.<p>The document warns that connected toys with microphones, GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, and/or bluetooth connectivity could be giving criminals access to private information about …

Security

Police body cams will soon use AI to find missing people

Motorola Solutions -- not to be confused with Lenovo's Motorola, that makes smartphones -- is adding machine learning to its surveillance equipment used by law enforcement personnel. Cops in Chicago's Waukegan police department are already suiting up with the company's Si500 body cams. But those …

Motorola

Online tool predicts heart risk in young adults

(Reuters Health) - An online calculator may help young people predict their risk of developing heart disease in middle age - in time to make lifestyle changes to minimize their odds of a heart attack or stroke, a U.S. study suggests.<p>For the study, researchers examined the accuracy of results from …

Diabetes

Seeking Online Medical Advice? Google's Top Results Aren't Always On Target

My wife is pregnant, and I'm terrified. I don't even have a baby yet, but I have an untold number of questions and concerns that wake me up in the middle of the night. And as I lie awake, I inevitably dive down a Google rabbit hole searching for information.<p>And Google usually has an answer in a …

Google

Wrist-worn wearable for monitoring people's emotions during market research

MIT Media Lab spinoff company mPath has developed a wristwatch-like wearable that measures changes in skin conductance tied to stress, frustration, …

Market Research