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Can a digital health startup prevent diabetes in Medicaid patients?

At the headquarters of Omada Health, the exposed ceiling, stocked kitchen, and MacBook-toting millennials evoke the industrial-chic feel of a tech startup. One conference room here is named Kale, another Broccoli.  Many employees have waistlines as thinly cut as their Levi’s.

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Nov 11, 2016

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Emily S

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“Smart” thread could pluck diagnostic data from your stitches

Scientists have woven microscopic sensors into thread to gather diagnostic data from the tiniest of sutures.  The smart threads can sense pH, glucose levels, and temperature. They can even ferry tiny amounts of bodily fluids from one point to another for analysis by microsensor. And they can...

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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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With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data Is Up for Grabs

The University of Michigan football team took the field for its season opener on Sept. 3 accompanied by Michael Jordan, the team’s honorary captain for the game, in uniforms bearing his signature Jumpman logo. Such pageantry is the fruit of a new apparel contract, worth about $170 million, between...

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Aug 8, 2016

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Remi

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Watch out, ladies: Your period-tracking app could be leaking personal data

For years, millions of women have used mobile apps to help track their menstrual cycles and get a better handle on their fertility. But now, it turns out, some of those apps may have been leaking this intimate information.

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Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar

A quiet shift is taking place in how women obtain birth control. A growing assortment of new apps and websites now make it possible to get prescription contraceptives without going to the doctor.

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Could Virtual Guide Dogs Replace the Real Thing?

About 285 million people around the world are blind or visually impaired, according to the World Health Organization.

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Jun 9, 2016

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Emily S

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Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries

Microsoft scientists have demonstrated that by analyzing large samples of search engine queries they may in some cases be able to identify internet users who are suffering from pancreatic cancer, even before they have received a diagnosis of the disease.

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May 16, 2016

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Remi

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Jet-Lag Sleep App is a Viable Way to Collect Big Data

Can scientists trust a mobile app as a reliable vehicle for collecting health data? A study published today in Science Advances suggests the answer is yes, it’s possible, at least for sleep studies.

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