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Nov 2, 2016

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Fitness Trackers Might Help Us Live Longer (if Only We Used Them)

Activity monitors could improve our health and extend our lives — if only we could be motivated to use them. Those are the conclusions of two new studies about the promise and perils of relying on fitness trackers to measure and guide how we move.

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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 19, 2016

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Emily S

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What the senior and aging care industry wants from digital health innovators

There’s no getting around it: we’re all getting older. Nearly 100 million people in the United States are over the age of 50, and those over the age of 65 make up the biggest, most expensive user group of healthcare.

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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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Sep 21, 2016

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Christina

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Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts

Wearable activity monitors can count your steps and track your movements, but they don’t, apparently, help you lose weight. In fact, you might lose more weight without them.

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Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his neck on the sandy floor, permanently losing the feeling in his hands and legs.

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Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App

With mothers and medical providers clamoring for answers about postpartum depression, scientists are beginning a major effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of mood disorders that afflict millions of women during and after 

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The NIH, in pursuit of precision medicine, tries to avoid ghosts of its past

The National Institutes of Health is preparing to recruit 1 million volunteers for one of its most significant research projects in years, one meant to develop personalized medical treatments.  As it does so, officials are trying to dodge the ghosts of a similarly ambitious research initiative, one...

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Drug Tests Take Cue From Travel Site to Fix Industry Headache

Pablo Graiver aims to make signing up for a drug study as easy as booking a flight on the Web.  The 47-year-old Argentinian entrepreneur, a former executive at the airfare search engine kayak.com, has designed a new tool that draws from the travel industry to match scientists looking to test...

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Jan 27, 2016

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Christina

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Warning labels on sugary drinks could deter parents from choosing them

Health warning labels on sugary drinks may steer parents away from buying these beverages for their children, according to a new study.

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