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Nov 4, 2016

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Patients Attempt to ‘Walk Off’ Pain With Wearable Therapy

Typically, when people suffer from back or knee pain, they reach for the anti-inflammatories or the pain meds. But one company has come up with a shoe it thinks can be just as effective. AposTherapy’s space-age-looking footwear is designed to reduce knee, hip and back pain by realigning the way...

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Putting Telemedicine Behind Bars

Dr. Vinh Pham treats dozens of patients from New York City's Rikers Island jail complex with hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. He knows their frustration with the process of accessing specialist care—and its quality.Inmates can spend six to eight hours shackled in holding pens and sitting...

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Oct 3, 2016

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My Coverage Plan, a Madison technology start-up, receives NIH grant

My Coverage Plan Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of public interest law firm ABC for Health, has received a five-year grant of up to $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop software to help train staff at hospitals and other organizations in determining eligibility for public...

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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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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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You Mean I Don’t Have to Show Up? The Promise of Telemedicine

Aside from whatever a visit to the doctor costs you in money, it also costs you in time. A lot of it. End to end, the travel and waiting time for a doctor's appointment can take several hours — often disrupting work or school. Only 17 percent of it — 20 minutes, on average — is spent actually...

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To keep seniors living independently, sensors track their home habits

Violette Roberts’ home is full of sensors. There is a device under her pillow to record how many hours she sleeps. Wires stick out from her toilet tank, transmitting how many times she flushes. Little white rectangles, about the size of matchboxes, count how many times she opens her fridge and her...

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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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As Wearables in Workplace Spread, So Do Legal Concerns

Wearable devices, like the Fitbits and Apple Watches sported by runners and early adopters, are fast becoming tools in the workplace. These devices offer employers new ways to measure productivity and safety, and give insurers the ability to track workers’ health indicators and habits.

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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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