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Posted:
Jan 6, 2017

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Emily S

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Door-to-door service, never having to wait outside, GPS tracking: Seniors get on Uber

Frances Pliskin had to stop driving over the summer. But Pliskin, 90, still needed to get to and from her weekly hairdresser appointments and bridge group, monthly dinner date at the Westin Club, and to visit with friends.  "I have a balance problem and I use a walker, and my doctor felt it was in...

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Medical Providers Try Uber, Lyft For Patients With Few Transportation Options

Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. It’s become routine for her, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  Stowe, who lives about five miles from the hospital, comes into the medical center twice...

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Could Virtual Guide Dogs Replace the Real Thing?

About 285 million people around the world are blind or visually impaired, according to the World Health Organization.

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Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

In a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all the work that happens in a vast pharmaceutical manufacturing plant happens in a device the size of your kitchen refrigerator.  And it’s fast. This prototype machine produces 1,000 pills in 24 hours, faster than it can take to produce some...

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You Mean I Don’t Have to Show Up? The Promise of Telemedicine

Aside from whatever a visit to the doctor costs you in money, it also costs you in time. A lot of it. End to end, the travel and waiting time for a doctor's appointment can take several hours — often disrupting work or school. Only 17 percent of it — 20 minutes, on average — is spent actually...

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"Even Though People Didn't Mean To, They Were Really Excluding Me"

We scroll through Facebook every day, looking at pictures and videos, commenting and liking. Now, imagine that experience without actually being able to see all those photos and videos. How would you know what people were talking about? How would you know what to say to join in on the conversation?

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Microsoft's Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking

On one otherwise unremarkable day in May 2013, August de los Reyes fell out of bed and hurt his back. Forty-two years old at the time, he was just six months into his dream job at Microsoft: running design for Xbox and righting a franchise that was drifting due to mission creep. At first, de los...

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Posted:
Jan 29, 2016

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Emily S

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FRND will send you a nurse at a fraction of the cost of an in-home doctor’s visit

The on-demand world offers any number of items and services delivered straight to your doorstep, from booze, to hair styling, to weed.  So it’s not a surprise to see the on-demand doctor space has gotten crowded. Unfortunately, those services can come with a price tag more than most are willing to...

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Dec 8, 2015

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Deirdre

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Patients Want To Price-Shop For Care, But Online Tools Unreliable

Kate and Scott Savett were trying to be responsible when they needed some medical care. They live about an hour north of Philadelphia with their dog, Frankie. Scott, 43, is a chemist and designs software for labs; Kate, 37, works in life insurance.

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Hacks at evoHaX that changed lives

Last weekend, a portable voice recognition device augmented with bluetooth that converts speech to text to desktop and web commands won the first place at evoHaX, a three day Hackathon with a focus on web accessibility. This device was built by a team of five women from Drexel University's Society...

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