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Telehealth startup Health at Hand gets $3.1M, preps for UAE launch

Health at Hand, a telehealth startup targeting Middle East markets, announced that it has received $3.1 million in seed funding and will be launching …

Digital Health

Behavioral science is influencing policymaking—and helping parents teach their kids to read

Over the last several years, countries across the globe—from the United Kingdom to Japan, Lebanon to Australia—have turned to behavioral science to improve the quality of services that governments provide to their citizens. Commonly called “nudge units,” these offices are charged with leveraging …

Pedagogy

Imperial College, University of Edinburgh and Harvard to run NHS Digital Academy

NHS England has selected a consortium of three universities to lead the programme to drive digital skills and innovation in the NHS.<p>The NHS Digital …

Informatics

Sensor-packed smart belt could help Parkinson’s patients stay on their feet

Progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder Parkinson’s disease has a broad range of symptoms, including the fact that sufferers can be more prone …

What you should know about AI

Daniel Huttenlocher Contributor<p>Daniel Huttenlocher is the founding dean and vice provost of Cornell Tech, the new graduate campus for the digital age in New York City. A leading researcher in computer vision, he co-led the Cornell team that created one of the first fully autonomous automobiles in …

The Business of Artificial Intelligence

For more than 250 years the fundamental drivers of economic growth have been technological innovations. The most important of these are what economists call general-purpose technologies — a category that includes the steam engine, electricity, and the internal combustion engine. Each one catalyzed …

Eating sugary foods may be linked to depression, study finds

In a new study, published in <i>Scientific Reports</i>, my colleagues and I found a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders.<p>The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars (that is, all sugar, excluding the sugar that is naturally found …

Diabetes

Foxconn’s long con

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou and President Trump recently announced a plan to bring 3,000 jobs to Wisconsin at what appears to be a flat screen manufacturing plant.<p>The political press ate it up, alternatively excoriating the program for costing too much in tax breaks and crowing a win for Wisconsin’s …

Life Bot’s new Alexa app can text you reminders, help with daily activities

A new voice app from a Y Combinator-backed startup called Life Bot wants to make it easier to use Amazon Alexa as a digital assistant, by aiding with your daily routines and learning your personal preferences. At launch, Life Bot’s Alexa app has a handful of tricks up its sleeve. It can find your …

Scientists figured out how to stop weight-gain in mice without changing their diet – which could have lessons for humans

The evidence linking brain inflammation to obesity has been building for some time. Consistent overeating causes stress and damage to cells in the body and brain. This damage results in a response from the immune system that has a wide range of effects.<p>Some of these effects help to reduce the …

Neuroscience

Here's What That Sperm Concentration Study Actually Means For Humans

It's not great news.<p>Scientists have conducted the first large scale systematic review of sperm count and quality and were 'shocked' at what they …

This is how your fear and outrage are being sold for profit

<i>The world feels more dangerous. Our streets seem less safe. The assault on our values is constant. The threats feel real. The enemy is out there — just check your feed.</i><p>One evening in late October 2014, a doctor checked his own pulse and stepped onto a subway car in New York City. He had just …

Journalism

Yelp, California Health Care Foundation form partnership to improve maternity care

More than 500,000 births occur each year in the state of California, but deciding where to get care can often be a difficult process for consumers. …

Digital Health

Smart Hanging Robot Keeps People Walking During Rehab

At the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, a new robotic rehabilitation system has been developed that’s smart enough to …

Robotics

Second opinion not your first thought

Cindy Thomsen was 18 when her doctor told her she would die in three months. He said there was nothing he could do.<p>Thomsen, 60, grew up in Lompoc and …

Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant tested in Boston hospital

Health<p>‘Alexa, pull those lab results’: A hospital tries out virtual assistants<p>P<p>icture this: At every step of a patient’s trip through the hospital, a …

Behavioral Health

Modern Healthcare’s Special Report, Behavioral Health: Fixing a system in Crisis, tackles both access to and treatment of behavioral health services …

Digital Health

Two years in, what has Apple ResearchKit accomplished?

n March 2015, Apple promised to change the way medical research could be done. It launched ResearchKit, which could turn millions of iPhones around …

3 Health Care Trends That Don’t Hinge on the ACA

In early May 2017 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). Subsequently, Republicans in the U.S. Senate began working on their version of a law to do the same. The House bill is flawed, leaving many uncertainties that the …

Finding useful data across multiple biomedical data repositories using DataMed

Altmetric: 72<p>Citations: 2<p>More detail<p>Commentary<p>Lucila Ohno-Machado ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-8005-7327<br>• , Susanna-Assunta Sansone ORCID: …

Direct-to-Consumer Medical Testing and Value-Based Care

That the United States spends more on health care per capita than most other high-income countries while experiencing the poorest health care …

Health Care

Where Will the Medical Misfits Go?

HOUSTON — People with health insurance tend to think of safety-net hospitals the way airline travelers think of the bus: as a cheaper service they would use only if they had to. But without these essential hospitals — which specialize in the care of our country’s most medically and financially …

Health Care

How Artificial Intelligence Will Cure America's Sick Health Care System

Tech & Science<p>For decades, technology has relentlessly made phones, laptops, apps and entire industries cheaper and better—while health care has …

Medical microbots need better imaging and control

Mariana Medina-Sánchez and Oliver G. Schmidt set priorities for more realistic tests of tiny machines that could be used to diagnose and treat …

A Bipartisan Way to Improve Medical Care

A straightforward change would save money and improve health. So why isn’t Congress talking about it?<p>William Stanley Jevons, the nineteenth-century English economist, once wrote to a friend that he’d had no special ambition as a young man. He just did what he had to do. After his father went …

The Difference Between Noncompliance and Defiance

Patient Engagement<p><i>Watch Toyin Ajayi’s talk above, or read the transcript of her story below.</i><p>My thinking about building and supporting teams that …

Geographic Variation in Cardiovascular Mortality Among US Counties

This population epidemiology study uses national death record and Census Bureau data to estimate trends in age-standardized cardiovascular disease …

Cardiovascular System

Blockchain Healthcare Use Case: Connecting Payments & Benefits

It’s no secret that we are struggling to find the best way to pay for health care, which Warren Buffet famously calls the “tapeworm of the American …

Four Lessons In The Adoption Of Machine Learning In Health Care

The March issue of <i>Health Affairs</i> demonstrates the potential of health care delivery system innovation to improve value for both patients and …

Machine Learning