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Can a digital health startup prevent diabetes in Medicaid patients?

At the headquarters of Omada Health, the exposed ceiling, stocked kitchen, and MacBook-toting millennials evoke the industrial-chic feel of a tech startup. One conference room here is named Kale, another Broccoli.  Many employees have waistlines as thinly cut as their Levi’s.

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VR Live Streamed Surgery Brings You Straight to the Operating Room

LONDON — Now anyone can be fully immersed in the Royal London Hospital's operating theatre — without having to become a patient.

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Feb 3, 2016

Author:
Christina

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An Eating Disorder in People With Diabetes

The first time she skipped an insulin dose, the 22-year-old said, it wasn’t planned. She was visiting her grandparents over a summer break from college and indulged in bags of potato chips and fistfuls of candy, but forgot to take the extra insulin that people with Type 1 diabetes, like her,...

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Wing is a new sensor and app that checks for lung function

A smartphone can be used for all kinds of self-maintenance – the camera to check for messy hair, for instance, or for stray sesame seeds caught in one’s teeth.  For the estimated 25 million Americans that suffer from asthma, there’s a new way to use smartphones to check for something far more vital...

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Posted:
Oct 26, 2015

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Emily S

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IBM Hopes CVS-Watson Partnership Leads to More Connections in Cloud

With a store in "almost every neighborhood" in the country, CVS pharmacies seemed the perfect match for Watson Health, IBM's big-data-crunching artificial intelligence system, officials from both companies said after the new partnership was announced last week.

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Startups Vie to Build an Uber for Health Care

Darren Gold had a stomach virus the first time he used an app called Heal to summon a doctor to his Beverly Hills home. He liked the Stanford-trained doctor who showed up so much that he called Heal again when his 2-year-old son had a fever, and again when the whole family had colds.

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Posted:
Jul 10, 2015

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Emily S

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‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine

The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.

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Posted:
Jul 10, 2015

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Emily S

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Insurer Uses Patients’ Personal Data To Predict Who Will Get Sick

The first thing out of John Iovine’s mouth is an apology.  “You got to forgive me if I don’t remember too much,” he says. “I had a stroke.”  Signs of that stroke are everywhere — the bed in the dining room, a shower installed in the pantry. John is thin and sits in blue pajama pants in the...

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#HospitalGlam: The Chronic Illness Social Movement

Taking shame out of being in treatment one selfie at a time. Meet Karolyn Gehrig, the queer disabled artist who's transforming her frequent hospital visits into artwork, a hashtag, and a social movement.

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Posted:
Apr 21, 2015

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Deirdre

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Twitter helps predict ED visits for asthma

Twitter is emerging as another tool for predictive analytics in healthcare.  By collecting and mapping the location of tweets with keywords such as “asthma,” “inhaler” and “wheezing,” mining the EHR at Parkland Memorial Hospital, then comparing to air-quality reports in the Dallas area, researchers...

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