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Flexibility is critical for young people because ‘whole careers are vanishing overnight’

December 17th, 2014 at 11:38 pm » Comments Off

Recent college grads As the digital sector grows, jobs that rely on older technologies are rapidly becoming obsolete. According to the census, between 2006 and 2011 there were some occupations where the number of people employed across the country dropped by up to two-thirds in just five years – corporate services managers, for example, fell […]



The Rise of Smart Skin

December 13th, 2014 at 1:04 am » Comments Off

Stretchable smart skin South Korean and U.S. researchers have developed a stretchable material that senses touch, pressure, and moisture, and could be used to give artificial limbs feeling. By David Talbot on December 9, 2014



Egg freezing growing in popularity, but the choice leaves no guarantees

December 6th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

Among urban women in their 30s, freezing is trending. Tiffany Angelo gave herself a few months to grieve after the abrupt end of her marriage. Then she moved on. Not to the next romance, but to something she could plan for: the children she deeply desired and would still have. With or without her ex. […]



Deep brain stimulation beats out caffeine for boosting mental agility

December 5th, 2014 at 3:12 pm » Comments Off

tDCS “Transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS) involves passing electricity through your head. The current is relatively weak, so it’s not like the electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) used to treat extreme depression in mental institutions; sometimes called “deep brain stimulation.”    



The Swasthya Slate – an affordable diagnostic machine that could disrupt health care

December 3rd, 2014 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

Kahol built a prototype of a device called the Swasthya Slate (which translates to “Health Tablet”). Kanav Kahol was a member of Arizona State University’s department of biomedical informatics. He became frustrated at the lack of interest by the medical establishment in reducing the costs of diagnostic testing, and seeing almost no chance of getting the […]



Why we need radical change in the disease-model of mental health

December 3rd, 2014 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

It is difficult reliably to distinguish different “disorders.” By Peter Kinderman: The idea that our more distressing emotions such as grief and anger can best be understood as symptoms of physical illnesses is pervasive and seductive. But in my view it is also a myth, and a harmful one. Our present approach to helping vulnerable […]



Exposure to environmental factor linked to huge rise in ADHD: Study

December 2nd, 2014 at 5:08 pm » Comments Off

Exposure to a component of air pollution increases the chances of children developing ADHD by five times. A link between rising air pollution in urban areas and the rapid increase in diagnosis in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has been discovered in a new study.    



Data deluge will disrupt medicine within this decade

December 2nd, 2014 at 2:12 pm » Comments Off

Health and medicine will undergo a greater transformation than any other industry or field in the next decade. At this year’s Exponential Medicine 2014, the overriding theme for the event was information. In his opening talk, Peter Diamandis said health and medicine are poised to undergo a greater transformation than any other industry or field in […]



The scientific quest to cure aging

November 26th, 2014 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

The goal of biomedical research is to allow people to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible. CRISPR is the revolution to enable genome editing and the bio-information revolution is happening. Joao Pedro de Magalha does not consider the breakthroughs in gene and genome editing that are occurring with CRISPR.  



rHEALTH diagnoses hundreds of diseases using a single drop of blood

November 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

rHealth Device This month, the XPRIZE Foundation announced the winner of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. The global competition was aimed at accelerating the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology as a means to smarter digital health solutions. The winning device is called the Reusable Handheld Electrolyte and Lab Technology for Humans (rHEALTH) system. It can potentially […]



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