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How ‘digitizing you and me’ could revolutionize medicine. At least in theory

There’s a whole lot of hype around precision medicine.  Proponents — up to and including President Barack Obama — predict a revolution that will bring us medical treatments as precisely tailored as a bespoke suit: Drug doses adjusted to your genome. Chemotherapy customized to your tumor’s DNA....

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Sep 2, 2016

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Emily S

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The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac's nightmare and Big Pharma's dream

WebMD is the most popular source of health information in the US, and is likely to dominate your Google search results for almost any medical question you have. According to its editorial policy, WebMD promises to empower patients and health professionals with "objective, trustworthy, and accurate...

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Senior citizens rarely consult Dr. Google for medical advice, study says

Senior citizens need more medical care than anyone else in the United States. And the Internet is chock full of health information. Yet seniors are far less likely than other adults to tap into it, new research shows.  A report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found...

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Aug 9, 2016

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Deirdre

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An Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri for healthcare: Closer than we think?

In the musical "Hamilton," George Washington exclaims: “We are outgunned, outmanned, outnumbered, outplanned. We gotta make an all-out stand. Ayo, I’m gonna need a right-hand man.” I recently saw this performance and the remark made me think to myself: Like George and his nascent collection of...

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Jun 20, 2016

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Remi

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Workers May Soon Have To Share Heath Data--Or Pay A Penalty

Sometime next year, you may hear about a new way to save money on your health insurance. To get the discount, you and your spouse have to join your company’s voluntary “wellness program,” the kind that typically promotes exercising more or losing weight. As part of signing up, you’re both asked to...

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Jun 1, 2016

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Christina

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Computer Vision Syndrome Affects Millions

Joanne Reitano is a professor of history at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. She writes wonderful books about the history of the city and state, and has recently been spending many hours — sometimes all day — at her computer to revise her first book, “The Restless City.” But...

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Health Apps Often Lack Privacy Policies and Share Users' Data

March 8, 2016 – CHICAGO (Reuters). Just because a health app has a privacy policy doesn’t mean the data will remain private, an analysis of mobile tools for diabetes suggests. In fact, privacy policies appear rare, and when they do exist, most state that user data will be collected and half warn...

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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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Feb 3, 2016

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Christina

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An Eating Disorder in People With Diabetes

The first time she skipped an insulin dose, the 22-year-old said, it wasn’t planned. She was visiting her grandparents over a summer break from college and indulged in bags of potato chips and fistfuls of candy, but forgot to take the extra insulin that people with Type 1 diabetes, like her,...

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Sep 14, 2015

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Emily S

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Self-Diagnosing Online? Study Finds Sites Are Only Accurate About Half Of The Time

There’s a new warning for those of us who go online to figure out why we have a stomach ache or a nagging cough or occasional chest pain.  Symptom checkers — those tools that let you enter information and then produce a diagnosis — are accurate about half of the time, according to a study out of...

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