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Dec 9, 2016

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Emily S

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Surgeon Says Apps May Turn Organ Donation Support Into ‘Concrete Action’

Users of Tinder, the popular online dating app, usually swipe right on their mobile screens to gain a potential match. Come September, the same action might allow them to save lives by registering to be an organ donor.

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Elders who use tech tools feel less lonely, more physically fit, Stanford study finds

Forget bingo and shuffleboard. Use of computers and cellphones is linked to higher levels of mental and physical well-being among those over age 80, according to new Stanford research.  And these elders — dubbed “the oldest old,” a generation typically ignored by the youth-obsessed tech industry —...

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Oct 31, 2016

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Emily S

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IBM wants to stop E. coli outbreaks before people die

Five years ago in Germany, a bland vegetable caused one of the more devastating outbreaks of food-born illness in recent years.  Fifty three people died and nearly 4,000 were hospitalized due to a particularly gnarly strain of E.coli. It caused bloody diarrhea and kidney failure in many people.  It...

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Oct 28, 2016

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Emily S

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New virtual reality fitness apps aim to make exercise less tedious

This year, high-end virtual reality headsets such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have finally hit the market, putting immersive multimedia in the hands of consumers. While the industry has focused primarily on gaming and entertainment, a handful of start-ups are choosing a different route: fitness and...

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‘Digital Health’ Not Just For Well-Heeled Fitness Fiends

When we hear the phrase “digital health,” we might think about our Fitbit, the healthy eating app on our smartphone, or maybe a new way to email our doctor.  But Fitbits aren’t particularly useful if you’re homeless, and the nutrition app won’t mean much to someone who struggles to pay for...

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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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Jul 27, 2016

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Christina

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How Grindr got men to self-test for HIV

Grindr, a dating app for gay men, was found to be an effective way to give out HIV self-test kits to men at risk of infection and reduce the spread of HIV, according to a recent study.

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Things are looking app: Mobile health apps are becoming more capable and potentially rather useful

SAVILE ROW in London is best known for producing some of the world’s finest bespoke suits. But tucked away in a quiet corner of the same street is a firm that gives tailored health advice through a smartphone app. Your.MD uses artificial intelligence to understand natural-language statements such...

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Jul 12, 2016

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Emily S

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How ‘Pokémon Go’ Became Your Favorite New Fitness App

When Jillian Ploetz first tried Pokémon Go this past Saturday, she decided it was lame and handed it off to her kids.

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Lower-income Americans getting 'digital health,' too

When we hear the phrase "digital health," we might think about our Fitbit, the healthy eating app on our smartphone, or maybe a new way to email our doctor.

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