Fast forward to today, when Apple has included the M7 chip in the iPhone 5S, with its sole purpose being to track the movement of the device. Moves was recently updated to take advantage of this addition to the iOS hardware, and the price went from … Read more
I keep hand exercisers on my desk and barbells under it. But how often do I use these exercise instruments in a given week? Somewhere between "seldom" and "never." Luckily, I work from home and have a young, energetic dog, and a small, fence-less yard. One of the many things I enjoy about my dog is her insistence on going outside multiple times a day for walks in the park.
If your job requires you to spend long stretches at a desk and you don't have a dog in the office to get you out … Read more
A couple of days ago, I received two letters from my health insurance company.
One welcomed me to its autopay system -- which was a touch odd, given that I had been in its autopay system for many years.
The second told me that I was about to have my health insurance cut off, as I hadn't paid my monthly bill.
Please forgive me, then, if I'm not bathed in admiration for the way health insurance companies do business. There is one, however, that wants me (and you) to believe it's the apogee of efficiency.
Wellmark Blue … Read more
One in five deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control, amounting to roughly 440,000 deaths a year. (That's 1,205 a day, or 50 an hour.)
Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that smoking cessation apps are all the rage. More than 700,000 such downloads are averaged for the Android OS alone each month, according to Lorien C. Abroms, assistant professor at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services, and they enjoy a minimal level of regulation given the Food and Drug … Read more
When Deric Thompson coaches fourth grade basketball, he warns his players about "chicken wings." Not the greasy fastfood variety, but the kind that basically makes it impossible to sink a shot.
"Don't do the chicken wing," Thompson reminds his players. "Keep that elbow in, especially on the release."
What the coach wants to establish in his kids is muscle memory, a physical recollection of exactly how their arms should be positioned to increase their chances of scoring.
Thompson himself still needs reminders, or at least he did. He recently started using a new … Read more
In the not-too-distant future, it is quite likely that most interactions between patients and the health care system will happen online, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who partnered with The Commonwealth Fund to review recent trends in digital health care as well as scientific literature.
Thanks to consumer-directed health apps, electronic health records (EHRs), telemedicine, and the like, researchers say that patients are going to dramatically change the way they interact with their doctors. They report their findings in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs.
The researchers estimate that when EHRs … Read more
The constant hiccups will madden the sanest. In the end, though, America is being promised that HealthCare.gov will lead a healthy and happy life.
After all, once Google's genetically engineered doctors get involved, you're going to be fine.
Meanwhile, the bedside humor runs rampant. First, "Saturday Night Live" couldn't help but suggest that the Obamacare site was built only to accommodate six people at a time. (Some documents indicate the number wasn't entirely inaccurate.)
Blood glucose monitors are growing up, and it's about time. With some 26 million diabetics in the U.S. alone, (that's almost 1 in 10 Americans), and hundreds of millions globally, according to the American Diabetes Association, glucose monitoring has become one of the largest patient-generated data sets in the world -- and yet much of that data is being uploaded manually onto desktops or written by hand into little log books.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- These brilliant wackos are reenacting "Back to the Future" on Twitter.
- How do you prove to someone you just met that you don't have an STD? With an app, of course.
- Lock8: a smart lock to keep your bike from being stolen.
- Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?
- San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?.
After launching a $2 million ocean health challenge last month, the X Prize foundation has decided it wants to do even more to try to protect the Earth's oceans. The foundation announced on Tuesday that it is kicking off three more ocean-focused incentivized prize competitions.
The objective of each competition will be crowdsourced -- meaning that the X Prize foundation is asking the public to come up with what they believe should be the goal of each challenge. The foundation's aim is to get the three new X Prize competitions launched by 2020.
"At X Prize, we … Read more