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Nov 15, 2016

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Women’s Health Apps Are Big Business

The startup world can be a boys’ club. Not only are women underrepresented as employees at technology companies and startups, but the tech itself seem to ignore the needs of women, too.

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Oct 14, 2016

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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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How Parents Harnessed the Power of Social Media to Challenge EpiPen Prices

After Mellini Kantayya, an actress who lives in Brooklyn, chatted with her Facebook friends in July about the high cost of EpiPens, she knew she had to do something.  A friend in Connecticut, the mother of a child with food allergies, was facing a $600 bill for the product, an injector that...

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Medical Providers Try Uber, Lyft For Patients With Few Transportation Options

Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. It’s become routine for her, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  Stowe, who lives about five miles from the hospital, comes into the medical center twice...

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Office Chatter: Your Doctor Will See You In This Telemedicine Kiosk

On the day abdominal pain and nausea struck Jessica Christianson at the office, she discovered how far telemedicine has come.  Rushing to a large kiosk in the lobby of the Palm Beach County School District’s administrative building where she works, Christianson, 29, consulted a nurse practitioner...

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R2D2’s Next Assignment: Hospital Orderly

Meet the Tugs — a team of 27 robots now zooming around the hallways of the new University of California-San Francisco hospital at Mission Bay. They look a bit like R2D2, dragging a platform around behind them. Instead of drones, think of them more as little flatbed trucks, ferrying carts of stuff...

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Why Doctors Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Online Reviews

What is excellent health care? In medicine we’ve long operated under the mantra “doctor knows best.” Physicians sleep comfortably at night knowing they have competently performed a surgery or drawn on their medical knowledge to make life-saving diagnostic and treatment decisions.

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Using Data To Help Home Health Workers Manage Patients’ Conditions

There is little in Ruby’s life that is easy. Nearly blind and unable to walk more than a step or two, the 39-year-old struggles to raise three sons while dealing with a daunting array of health conditions, from diabetes that recently landed her in the hospital to pain from bulging spinal disks. ...

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Push On To Make Transparent Medical Records The National Standard Of Care

Perched on an exam table at the doctor’s office watching the clinician type details about their medical problems into their file, what patient hasn’t wondered exactly what the doctor is writing? As many as 50 million patients may have a chance to find out in the next few years, following the...

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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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