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Sep 27, 2016



How YouTube Reinvented Itself for the Next Billion Users

YOUTUBE’S OFFICES IN San Bruno, California are spectacular. Standing desks, couches, nap pods. Kitchens around every corner stocked with free food. I’m told there’s even a pool. It’s all par for the Silicon Valley course, really.

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Driving While Distracted: Why can't we ignore the pings?

Most people will admit that texting, checking social media or playing a video game while driving isn't safe, and yet, some still do it. Why?

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An API for the Human Body

It can be trying, even grueling work. Surgeons learning a new medical procedure must shadow more experienced doctors for weeks or months at a time, practicing only when experts and operating rooms are readily available. Those challenges can be even greater in rural and underdeveloped corners of the...

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Drones to deliver medicine to rural Virginia field hospital

The sprawling field hospital that springs up in rural southwest Virginia every summer has been called the largest health-care outreach operation of its kind.  This year, the event may have another first.

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Startups Vie to Build an Uber for Health Care

Darren Gold had a stomach virus the first time he used an app called Heal to summon a doctor to his Beverly Hills home. He liked the Stanford-trained doctor who showed up so much that he called Heal again when his 2-year-old son had a fever, and again when the whole family had colds.

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Texting from the Operating Room

Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described co-workers' texting friends and relatives from the surgical suite. Some spoke of colleagues who hide a phone in a drawer and check it when they think no...

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Your Phone Knows If You’re Depressed

Phone data could predict with 87% accuracy whether someone had depressive symptoms Most of us are pretty attached to our phones, and researchers are starting to figure out what that connection can tell us about our health, including our mood. In fact, your phone may be able to tell if you're...

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How Crisis Text Line Founder Nancy Lublin Is Saving Lives, Text by Text

Three years ago Nancy Lublin had a bold idea. Today her text help line is an outstretched hand for teens, and increasingly adults, in crisis. And she's just getting started.

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You're The Doctor Now, And Your Office Is In Your House

Perhaps this sounds familiar: you spent 45 minutes waiting for a doctor's appointment, only to be seen (and if you're lucky, diagnosed) in five. Why, you might wonder, did you need to go into the office at all? In many cases, you probably didn't.

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Questioning the Value of Health Apps

A bodybuilder presses the iPhone’s camera with a fingertip, and his heart rate and blood oxygen levels appear on the screen. A fellow in pajamas steps onto a scale, peers at his smartphone, and sighs dejectedly. A runner races along the waterfront, a cellphone strapped to her pumping arms.

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