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Posted:
Jan 13, 2017

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Emily S

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Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

When Deona Duke woke up from a medically-induced coma to begin recovering from burns that covered almost a third of her body, one of her treatments was hurling snowballs at penguins. The 13-year-old was set on fire when a bonfire exploded on her and her friend. To prevent infection, burn victims need their bandages changed and dead skin scraped away. Sometimes, even morphine isn’t enough to make that tolerable.

At the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Duke’s doctors gave her a virtual reality headset. Slipping it on, she was immersed in “SnowWorld,” an icy landscape where she got to lob snow at snowmen and igloos. The Texas hospital is one of the few trying out virtual reality to relieve pain.

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Posted:
Jul 20, 2016

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Emily S

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Electronic Records Offer A Chance To Ensure Patients’ End-Of-Life Plans Aren’t Lost In Critical Moments

In a perfect world, patients with advance directives would be confident that their doctors and nurses — no matter where they receive care — could know in a split second their end-of-life wishes.  But this ideal is still in the distance. Patients’ documents often go missing in maze-like files or are rendered unreadable by incompatible software. And this risk continues even as health systems and physician practices adopt new electronic health records. So advocates and policymakers are pushing for a fix.

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Posted:
Jul 19, 2016

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Deirdre

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An App to Deconstruct Your Food

Ever wondered how long you’d have to swim to burn off the calories in an organic peanut butter cup? Or how far the strawberries or burger on your plate traveled to get there?

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Jul 18, 2016

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Remi

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Apple Partners with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline for first clinical study

In March last year, Apple unveiled ResearchKit — a medical platform designed to turn the iPhone into a diagnostic tool for clinical trials and studies. Now, Apple has found its first ever partnership with a drug company. British firm GlaxoSmithKline has announced it will be using ResearchKit to conduct a medical study on rheumatoid arthritis. The news is significant for Apple, as it seeks to form partnerships with medical companies and establish itself as a legitimate player in the health industry.

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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 as “I have a headache” and ask pertinent follow-up questions. The app typifies a new approach to mobile health (also known as m-health): it is intelligent, personalised and gets cleverer as it gleans data from its users.

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Posted:
Jul 13, 2016

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Emily S

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Uber, tech company team up to get patients to appointments

A Nashville health care technology company is teaming with Uber to offer patients the chance to schedule a ride to the doctor's office as a way to reduce the number of no-show appointments. The partnership, called Ride to Health, will ask patients if they need a ride once they confirm the appointment. If they respond yes, the company will send a link to the Uber app, said Sam Johnson, CEO of Relatient, a cloud-based software developer that works with physician offices and hospitals.

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Jul 13, 2016

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Christina

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Teens: this is how social media affects your brain

Whether you're on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, What's App or Twitter, the way you communicate with friends today is changing.

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Posted:
Jul 12, 2016

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Deirdre

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Posted:
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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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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