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Nov 2, 2016

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Christina

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Fitness Trackers Might Help Us Live Longer (if Only We Used Them)

Activity monitors could improve our health and extend our lives — if only we could be motivated to use them. Those are the conclusions of two new studies about the promise and perils of relying on fitness trackers to measure and guide how we move.

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Driving While Distracted: Why can't we ignore the pings?

Most people will admit that texting, checking social media or playing a video game while driving isn't safe, and yet, some still do it. Why?

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Lower-income Americans getting 'digital health,' too

When we hear the phrase "digital health," we might think about our Fitbit, the healthy eating app on our smartphone, or maybe a new way to email our doctor.

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May 9, 2016

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Remi

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The Eliza App Makes Mental Health Tracking as Easy as Talking to Yourself

Makers of an app called Eliza want to make it as easy for people to track their psychological well-being as it is to track their physical fitness.  The Eliza app asks users to record a voice memo, say, venting about an issue they’re dealing with at work or simply reflecting on their day. The app...

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Mar 16, 2016

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Christina

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Amazon Wants the Patent for Pay-By-Selfie

First, Amazon patented one-click purchasing buying. Now it wants a patent for pay-by-selfie.

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An API for the Human Body

It can be trying, even grueling work. Surgeons learning a new medical procedure must shadow more experienced doctors for weeks or months at a time, practicing only when experts and operating rooms are readily available. Those challenges can be even greater in rural and underdeveloped corners of the...

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Dec 7, 2015

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Maggie

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Distracted Walkers Post Threat to Self and Others

While distracted driving has commanded lots of attention (albeit not a commensurate amount of correction), another digital hazard — distracted walking — is on the rise, with sometimes disastrous consequences.

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Nov 17, 2015

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Deirdre

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Diary of a ‘Supertracker’

Ever since the 17th-century physician Santorio Santorio created an elaborate “weighing chair” and recorded all that he ate for next 30 years, people have been tracking their diets.

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Jul 28, 2015

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Deirdre

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Back to the Future: a History of ACOG in Social Media's Golden Age

From mapping AEDs on a phone app to communicating with colleagues on Facebook, technology has become an integral part of daily life. Some would even call their phones an extension of the human nervous system, as evinced by a near-constant awareness of their battery life. Yet despite this high...

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