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New Jersey doctor creates online patient resource to improve end-of-life care

A New Jersey doctor has created a new tool to help patients and doctors fill out POLST forms. That's short for Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. Without it, Dr. David Barile said, patients at the end stages of life may get too much of the wrong kind of care. Health care can be...

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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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Elder care on-demand: why tech is setting its sights on your parents

When Alan’s wife, Toby, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago, the retired geophysicist turned to a not-for-profit in Palo Alto, California – called Avenidas Village – for guidance. Through Avenidas, Alan learned about several online platforms that connect individuals who need home care...

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Ice Bucket Challenge's 2nd anniversary celebrates its gene discovery

Throwback to 2014, the year of the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie, Pharrell's giant hat,and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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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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Can This New App Use Fitbits to Transform Care for the Elderly?

Inevitably, those responsible for elderly or infirm relatives outside the home must live with a degree of uncertainty, not always confident about how and when they need to intervene. Now Care|Mind, a new smartphone app that allows its users to remotely track the vitals of their loved ones,...

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Jan 20, 2016

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Can Virtual Reality Be the Next Thing in Curing Blindness?

What affects 20 million people, robs the global economy of billions of dollars and can be fixed with a five-minute procedure?  The answer is cataract blindness. The disease, which begins with clouding of the eyes and can lead to loss of vision without treatment, will probably afflict 12 million...

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Jan 5, 2016

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Deirdre

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Design Thinking for a Better You

A strategy called “design thinking” has helped numerous entrepreneurs and engineers develop successful new products and businesses. But can design thinking help you create healthful habits? Bernard Roth, a prominent Stanford engineering professor, says that design thinking can help everyone form...

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Technology: Catalyst for a New Era of Aging in Place

In Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Hal, the defiant onboard computer, foreshadows a future of runaway artificial intelligence. More recently, fears about machines making work obsolete and apocalyptic visions of robot revolts have been subjects of discussion in think tanks,...

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Dec 8, 2015

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Deirdre

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Patients Want To Price-Shop For Care, But Online Tools Unreliable

Kate and Scott Savett were trying to be responsible when they needed some medical care. They live about an hour north of Philadelphia with their dog, Frankie. Scott, 43, is a chemist and designs software for labs; Kate, 37, works in life insurance.

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