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Oct 14, 2016

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Christina

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Head-to-head comparison reveals human physicians vastly outperform virtual ones

Increasingly powerful computers using ever-more sophisticated programs are challenging human supremacy in areas as diverse as playing chess and making emotionally compelling music. But can digital diagnosticians match, or even outperform, human physicians?  The answer, according to a new study led...

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Aug 29, 2016

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Emily S

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Why every clinical trial should have an app for participants

We are well into the era of the engaged consumer. By now, many companies have recognized that traditional selling tactics like advertising and discounting only take them so far. Consumers want deeper connections, and companies ranging from Amazon and Apple to Spotify and Zappos have been happy to...

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Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his neck on the sandy floor, permanently losing the feeling in his hands and legs.

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Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App

With mothers and medical providers clamoring for answers about postpartum depression, scientists are beginning a major effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of mood disorders that afflict millions of women during and after 

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Drug Tests Take Cue From Travel Site to Fix Industry Headache

Pablo Graiver aims to make signing up for a drug study as easy as booking a flight on the Web.  The 47-year-old Argentinian entrepreneur, a former executive at the airfare search engine kayak.com, has designed a new tool that draws from the travel industry to match scientists looking to test...

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Oct 9, 2015

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Emily S

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Researchers Are Getting Closer to 3D Printing Brains

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and researchers are getting closer to replicating and understanding its structure using handheld 3D printers.  Studies of the brain are often limited to two dimensional, in vitro culturing methods that fall short of capturing its function...

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Sep 4, 2015

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Emily S

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Payday for Ice Bucket Challenge’s Mocked Slacktivists

When Americans were giddily drenching themselves with ice water during the “ice bucket challenge” a year ago, the cognoscenti rolled their eyes.  The aim of the ice bucket challenge was to raise money to combat A.L.S., also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative ailment that affects...

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Apple Has Plans for Your DNA: The iPhone could become a new tool in genetic studies.

Of all the rumors ever to swirl around the world’s most valuable company, this may be the first that could involve spitting in a plastic cup. Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested, many of them for the...

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Smartphones set to boost large-scale health studies

Countless owners of smartphones and wearable devices are already using their devices to track their sleep, exercise, blood pressure and other measures of health. Now biomedical researchers could have an easier time recruiting these users to collect and share their data as part of large-scale...

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