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Using Tweets and Posts to Speed Up Organ Donation

In 2004, Rick Segal, a father of four living in Rye, N.Y., found his stamina inexplicably failing him as he did his regular runs. He went to see his doctor, and learned he had a genetic disease that enlarges and weakens the heart. Segal was about to turn 50, but his heart was pumping at one-eighth...

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Partners offers $1 million in innovation grants to employees

Partners HealthCare, as it steps up efforts to commercialize research done at its labs and hospitals, is offering up to $1 million in grants for employees who come up with promising ideas for new drugs, devices and other inventions that have the potential to improve patient care.

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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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May 29, 2015

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Emily S

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UNICEF Crowdsources Healthtech Applications for Wearables in Underdeveloped Countries

UNICEF has paired with design firm Frog and smartphone chip maker ARM to search for new uses for wearables to save lives in underdeveloped countries. The “Wearables for Good” challenge is intended to inspire design and technology experts and entrepreneurs to create wearables to improve health...

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Apr 1, 2015

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Deirdre

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What if restaurants billed like hospitals?

Last week, we launched a new initiative with Clear Health Costs called WHYY PriceCheck to try to help create transparency around pricing for medical procedures. We're hoping many of you will pull out your old medical bills and enter the price of your procedure into our online database.  Since...

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Oct 28, 2014

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Deirdre

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Aims To Raise $1 Million In The Ebola Fight

If you’ve been following the Ebola crisis in West Africa for the last six months or so, you’ll have noticed that there weren’t many early individual efforts to raise money until recently. It’s only been in the last few weeks, when Ebola touched the U.S. personally, that people started to worry –...

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Sep 24, 2014

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Maggie

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Finding Risks, Not Answers, in Gene Tests

Jennifer was 39 and perfectly healthy, but her grandmother had died young from breast cancer, so she decided to be tested for mutations in two genes known to increase risk for the disease.When a genetic counselor offered additional tests for 20 other genes linked to various cancers, Jennifer said...

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Aug 15, 2014

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Maggie

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Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return

The website CrowdMed lets you outsource your medical diagnoses to users competing for points and cash. Is it the solution to online hypochondria, or part of the problem?  The Internet has only a few unspoken rules, but they’re best followed closely: Don’t post lewd photos with your face showing....

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May 8, 2014

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Maggie

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Straight talk with...Jamie Heywood

Last month, Genentech launched an unusual five-year research pact. The San Francisco subsidiary of the drug giant Roche partnered with Cambridge, Massachusetts–based PatientsLikeMe to mine the online patient network's database of real-world experiences. In exchange for an undisclosed fee, Genentech...

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Mar 24, 2014

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Maggie

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Crowdsourcing medical decisions: Ethicists worry Josh Hardy case may set bad precedent

Just hours after social-media supporters of a dying 7-year-old boy pressured a reluctant biotech company into giving him an experimental medication, the backlash began. Is “it rite to save 1 child an[d] not the rest?” wondered one commenter on a news forum. “It’s really not fair to the thousands of...

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