Health

  • Hearing health in tech Crunch Network

    Hearing health in tech

    Something as indispensable as hearing aids — which cost upwards of $5,000 (and that’s just for the basics) — should be as accessible and, frankly, affordable as a smartphone. Considering how many people have hearing loss, or are at risk, it’s astonishing to see that innovation in this space has been painfully stagnant. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Read More

  • Using digital screens to inspire better health Crunch Network

    Using digital screens to inspire better health

    Digital signage is an industry that just keeps getting bigger. Most digital signage customers use screens to sell advertising space, provide information or assist wayfinding. The really good ones look to create dynamic signage that changes in response to variables that allows them to personalize content and playlists. But recently, more are looking to use screens to inspire better health… Read More

  • GlaxoSmithKline taps Apple’s ResearchKit for an arthritis study

    GlaxoSmithKline taps Apple’s ResearchKit for an arthritis study

    A year and change after first showing off ResearchKit, Apple has finally found a big name drug company partner for its medical research platform. GlaxoSmithKline, the camel-cased conglomerate behind such pharmaceutical hits as Wellbutrin and Levitra, has signed on with the service to conduct rheumatoid arthritis research. The firm is looking to study 300 participants over the course of… Read More

  • HelloMD looks to its ‘Quora for cannabis’ as a source of growth

    HelloMD looks to its ‘Quora for cannabis’ as a source of growth

    I’m in Canada, and I’m having a conversation about weed. So far, everything’s tracking. But this isn’t just a casual convo — HelloMD is a startup focused on health, community and access to information, and they’re based in the U.S. (with people in SF and Colorado). And while the core business began as a way to use telemedicine to connect doctors with… Read More

  • Bvddy, now on Android, matches athletes of like skill to play and get fit together

    Bvddy, now on Android, matches athletes of like skill to play and get fit together

    About 80 percent of the U.S. adult population, aged 18 and older, fails to exercise enough each week to meet federal guidelines, according to the most recent available data from the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy People 2020 study. That means a majority of us are pretty lazy, ‘Murica. The guidelines only call for moderate to light aerobic physical activity for 150 minutes… Read More

  • Uber for 911 transport is a horrible idea

    Uber for 911 transport is a horrible idea

    The Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Department is considering a plan to use Uber to transport low priority 911 callers, according to NBC Washington. It’s a horrible idea. Washington’s plan is to hire a team of nurses who could evaluate a caller’s condition over the phone and direct them to an Uber if they are deemed stable. Already this is odd given that the purpose of an… Read More

  • Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

    Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

    People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one. Read More

  • Star Wars and the future of healthcare Crunch Network

    Star Wars and the future of healthcare

    In his iconic Star Wars series, George Lucas envisioned a world in a galaxy far, far away, where, among other things, doctors were droids and bots. Lucas viewed medical care as algorithmic, and therefore well within the capacity of intelligent machines. Does the world of healthcare in the Star Wars films — where bots are the new docs — mirror our own not-so-distant future of medicine? Read More

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