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Online Medical Resources: The Doctor Is Always In
February 29, 2012
Online medical resources are improving healthcare, access to information and communication between patients and physicians. Patients -- and even doctors -- who want more information about a health topic are more likely to turn to the Web than any other source, and that trend is only increasing.
Avaya Gives Sneak Peak of Upcoming Healthcare Apps
February 21, 2012
Avaya has provided a sneak preview of several healthcare IT-based mobile applications it will be rolling out later this year. These include Avaya Mobile Activity Assistant, Avaya Flare Communicator for iPad, and other collaborative service offerings in telehealth and social media. Healthcare is one of Avaya's chief verticals, said Sanjeev Gupta, general manager of Avaya's Healthcare Solutions group.
New Social Network for Caregivers Bucks 'User as Product' Model
February 16, 2012
Former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz is offering caregivers a social networking service designed to be free of confusing privacy policies and invasive advertising. Social networking is far older than Facebook, MySpace or even Friendster, according to Schwartz, CareZone founder and CEO. Family is actually the world's oldest social network.
3D Printer Joins Organ Replacement Revolution
February 07, 2012
They're building people out of 3D printers now -- parts, anyway. LayerWise announced Sunday that it has applied a process called "additive manufacturing" to produce a titanium total lower jaw implant for facial reconstruction. The project was developed in collaboration with partners from medical industries and academia. This is the first complete patient-specific implant for the lower jaw.
Eating Right: There Are Apps - and More - for That
February 07, 2012
One day, Hemi Weingarten's wife brought home some glow-in-the-dark yogurt for their three young children. He read the ingredient list to find out how the strawberries could be so red, and finding "Red #40," looked it up online. He was surprised to discover that it was a controversial chemical banned in parts of Europe. That incident made him realize there was a consumer market for nutritional information.
AMD: Shift Happens
February 06, 2012
Last week was the coming-out party for AMD's new CEO, and his core message was that the market was undergoing a shift -- and when markets shift, leadership changes. His point was that Intel's leadership was at risk and that AMD was poised to take over that leadership. The nature of this change is massive, and I doubt we -- I mean any of us -- are fully aware of how much is changing.
'Mind-Reading' Tech May Give Speechless a New Voice
February 01, 2012
Someday, people whose ability to speak has been damaged by illness or injury may be able to vocalize anyway with the help of technology. Researchers at UC Berkeley have made strides toward translating the words a person thinks into real speech. The researchers used 15 patients undergoing neurosurgery as subjects.
Nike+ FuelBand Offers New Way to Measure the Burn
January 20, 2012
Nike has rolled out another product aimed at digital device-loving athletes. Called Nike+ FuelBand, it is a digitized wristband with a built-in three-axis accelerometer that tracks a user's movements. That's any movement -- from running or dancing to swimming or fiddling at your desk. Users can also set personal goals for a variety of activities using the water-resistant device.
This Is Your Brain Online
January 12, 2012
Too many hours of Internet use might actually change your brain. Researchers in China have concluded that those who are addicted to the Internet may experience changes in the brain that are similar to those seen in individuals hooked on drugs or alcohol. A research team lead by Hao Lei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences used magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of 35 male and female adolescents.
WebMD Looking a Little Green Around the Gills
January 12, 2012
It has been a rocky week for the medical news website WebMD, and it appears that the remainder of 2012 may be equally tumultuous. On Tuesday, WebMD CEO Wayne T. Gattinella resigned, and the company announced it was not looking for a buyer after all. It informed shareholders that 2012 revenue could clock in at 2 percent to 8 percent below 2011's revenue.
Tapping Your Smartphone to Stay Fit
December 08, 2011
One of the most-used leisure-oriented apps on my Android smartphones has been Google's free My Tracks. The app brilliantly measures data related to hikes and bike rides via the GPS radio. It tracks distance, speed, time, elevation, grade and so on. Pressing "Start" when setting off, and remembering to press "Stop" when ending ultimately creates a library of pretty useless statistics that I can't stop collecting.
Researchers Create Brain on a Chip
November 16, 2011
Although computers have been called "thinking machines," their internal operations have very little to do with how the original thinking machine -- the human brain -- actually works. That's changing, however, as some researchers at MIT and the University of Texas Medical School have demonstrated in a new computer chip that mimics how the brain learns as it receives new information.
Virtualization and Cloud Technologies: A Prescription for Healthcare
November 14, 2011
How can virtualized desktops and thin clients help with digital records management and healthcare industry compliance and privacy requirements? Let's find out how Rhode Island-based CharterCARE Health Partners has embraced private cloud and virtual desktop infrastructure to support its distributed, 579-bed community-based health system.
IBM Aims to Whittle Big Data Down to Size
October 27, 2011
IBM debuted industry-specific data analytics tools for the healthcare and communication sectors at its Information on Demand conference. These packages are part of IBM's drive to help companies manage their information processes and data storage needs as efficiently as possible. For the communications analytics appliance, IBM is leveraging the technology it acquired through Netezza.
Roasting in California: Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Fans Can't Order Online
October 21, 2011
When consumers in California visit the Dunkin' Donuts website hoping to order a bag of their favorite java, they are met with the following message: "Important Notice: We are temporarily suspending the shipment of orders to California while we work to comply with Proposition 65 ... ." Bloggers, commenters, and reviewers have been lighting up the Web with their frustration.
Brain Scans Paint Picture of What the Mind's Eye Sees
September 26, 2011
Reading a brain with a machine to get the information in it has been the stuff of sci-fi for years. Now, scientists at UC Berkeley's Gallant Lab have demonstrated that it's possible. The scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging to reconstruct movies subjects watched by reading their brain activity.
Gamers PWN AIDS-Related Molecular Mystery
September 19, 2011
A team of players of an online game called "Foldit" took three weeks to solve a problem in AIDS research that has puzzled scientists for years. The problem was to solve the crystal structure of M-PMV retroviral protease. The M-PMV retrovirus enables the HIV-1 virus to replicate. The team of "Foldit" players created a model of the protease that was good enough to let researchers determine its structure.
Invasion of the Body Hackers? Wireless Medical Devices Susceptible to Attacks
August 05, 2011
Security expert and diabetic Jerome Radcliffe has hacked into the wireless insulin pump he wears on his body around the clock to keep his blood sugar level stable. Radcliffe talked about the hack in a presentation at the Black Hat Security Conference, held in Las Vegas. He reportedly detailed how untraceable attacks could be launched against wireless insulin pumps, pacemakers and implanted defibrillators.
America: It's Time to Snap Out of the Pro-Death Trance
July 20, 2011
A Swedish hospital recently announced that a cancer patient was saved after doctors grew him a new windpipe in the lab using a synthetic structure and the man's own stem cells. That might have sounded like science fiction just a few years ago, but today it is landmark news. Regenerative medicine has the ability to usher in radically longer and healthier lives, yet few are considering the implications.
More Legal Woes for Google
July 13, 2011
In 2010, Google admitted that when collecting Street View photos around the world it also collected data from unsecured wireless networks. That led to a bunch of lawsuits. Recently, U.S. Federal Judge James Ware refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit based on allegations that Google violated the U.S. Federal Wiretap Act by collecting unsecured WiFi data when taking Street View photos.

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