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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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Here's What Your Instagram Feed Says About Your Mental Health

Instagram can be a good indicator of a person’s mental health. At least that’s what two researchers, Harvard University’s Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont’s Chris Danforth, have written in a recent report. The study was based on 166 volunteers who were recruited from Amazon Mechanical...

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Lagos, Africa’s largest economy, is also a startup incubator

Lagos, Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest growing cities in the world – Lagos is expected to double in size in the next 15 years, according to the Populations Reference Bureau.  And in recent years the port city has become an incubator for some of the continent’s biggest...

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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 App to Improve Physician-Patient Communication

If you’re a doctor, you know the other side of this equation: trying to help patients who are confused about a procedure and eager for more information.  Enter Doctella, an app to improve communication between doctors and their patients.

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As Aging Population Grows, So Do Robotic Health Aides

The ranks of older and frail adults are growing rapidly in the developed world, raising alarms about how society is going to help them take care of themselves in their own homes.  Naira Hovakimyan has an idea: drones.

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Feb 2, 2016

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Deirdre

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The Doctor's Computer Will Email You Now

A health care startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute. The company said it could get patients more engaged with their care by automating physician empathy.  It "almost made me nauseous," she said. How can you automate something as deeply personal as empathy?

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Here's How An iPhone Helps One Teen (And His Mom) Manage Diabetes

Blake Atkins gets a lot of texts from his mother when he's at school. But unlike most teenagers, this 16-year-old doesn't seem to mind. That's because four years ago, Atkins was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. And now, his mother, Lori, has a way to find out and let him know when his blood sugar...

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'Instagram for doctors': App lets health care professionals team up on patient cases

It’s been dubbed “Instagram for doctors.” With a tap on their smartphones, medical professionals are using a novel app, called Figure 1, to upload photos, X-rays and other images of their patients’ maladies. Like Facebook for health care, Figure 1 lets colleagues chime in with comments, questions...

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Jul 15, 2015

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Deirdre

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Why Aren’t More Crisis Hotlines Offering Chat-Based Help?

We are now living in a chat-based society and traditional crisis hotlines are struggling to adapt.  The volume of text messages has surpassed voice calls in the United States since 2008.

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