Health Care

Why wearable tech could pose health risks

Internet-connected glasses, smart watches and health monitoring gadgets put wireless technology right on the body, increasing exposure to radio waves among consumers who are already carrying wireless smartphones, tablets and laptops. The good news is that most wearables use Bluetooth technology, which emits much lower levels of radiofrequency, or RF, than cellular-based smartphones and other devices that use Wi-Fi.

University of Maryland researchers begin human trials of Ebola vaccine

Usually vaccines can take months or even years to develop and administer to a population. Although the test vaccine was developed quickly, it will be a few months before it is available in small quantities, Levine said.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenge Partners Commit to Innovation with New Investments in Breakthrough Science

At an event in Seattle commemorating the tenth anniversary of Grand Challenges, a group of international partners today announced three new initiatives aimed at creating breakthroughs in science.

Using science for service

Today, Essayan-Perez frequently says that she “uses science for service.” She began by leading human biology workshops for girls in Nicaraguan villages; since arriving at MIT, she has worked with rural Nicaraguan high schools to strengthen math and science teaching, supported by fellowships from MIT’s Public Service Center.

Will wearable technology change health care?

"It's not too much of a stretch to expect someone with a watch coming in and saying, 'Oh, I want to give you my blood pressure measurements from the last month' and they download it as they sign in for an appointment. Duggan said we're about to enter a new era in wearable technology. Better sensors are being developed that can track a greater number of parameters.

New Obama plan calls for implanted computer chips to help U.S. troops heal

Obama did not reference the new program directly in his speech Tuesday at the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C.  In a joint fact sheet released by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, however, the agencies said DARPA will start a new $78.9 million, five-year research program “to develop new, minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing.”

Todd Park To Step Down as U.S. Chief Technology Officer

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, who spearheaded several federal health IT initiatives, reportedly will step down from his position by the end of the year. The White House has yet to confirm Park's departure.

Bionic body parts: Technology and innovation create fully functioning replacements

Microprocessors are being used to replace and renew body parts thus creating bionic limbs, functions and systems. The use of microprocessors in prosthesis has created appendages that can “literally” perform all functions except sensation, says Russell De Palma, head of prosthetics at the COPE Center for Prosthetic Excellence in Munster.

Sen. Durbin and UChicago scientists discuss need for increased biomedical research funding

Durbin has been concerned about the steady erosion of America’s leadership role in biomedical research, prompting the sponsorship of the American Cures Act, which seeks $150 billion over 10 years to support research leading to improved treatment of disease and better quality of life for Americans.

Senator Murray and NIH Director Collins Discuss Importance of Investing in Health Research and Innovation in Seattle

Yesterday, Senator Murray visited the University of Washington's South Lake Campus with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health to discuss the importance of continued investment in biomedical research and innovation to continue global leadership in the field, improve public health, and ensure that the U.S. workforce in the field grows.

Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

With an aging Baby Boomer population and broadband bandwidth improved a hundredfold from a decade ago, telemedicine is exploding as a convenient and less costly alternative to the traditional visit to the doctors' office.

Medical innovation requires federal support and structural improvements, Marc Tessier-Lavigne tells members of Congress

Two distinct but complementary types of research produce medical innovation: basic science in academic labs and applied work by private sector companies, Rockefeller President Marc Tessier-Lavigne told members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on July 17.

Can Technology Fix Medicine?

After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age. Mobile technologies, sensors, genome sequencing, and advances in analytic software now make it possible to capture vast amounts of information about our individual makeup and the environment around us.

The Urgency for an Innovation Roadmap to Transform Health Care

The U.S. health care system is in crisis. In America, the health of our citizens not only compares unfavorably to many other nations; annual health care costs account for 18 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and drive a large portion of our growing annual budget deficit.

Johns Hopkins Students Working On Injectable Foam To Treat Battlefield Wounds

The idea is that when a medic is treating an injured soldier on the battlefield, they use a single plunger on the device to simultaneously inject the two liquids into the wound. As the liquids mix, a chemical reaction occurs. This causes them to transform into a polyurethane foam that expands to fill the wound cavity, and then hardens.

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