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When A Cholesterol Test Becomes A Vice Instead Of A Virtue

David Smothers July 9, 2014

If you ask me to boil down the modern doctor-patient relationship to its most basic elements, cholesterol pretty much sums it up. No single concept has permeated American medical culture to the extent of our anxiety about cholesterol. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, male or female, rich or poor, educated or not…. Continue Reading »

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This Slim iPhone Case Works Like a Real-Life Tricorder

David Smothers March 6, 2014

You’ve seen the iPhone accessory that can check your blood pressure, as well as the one that can monitor your heart rate. There’s even one that can turn your phone into an electrocardiogram (ECG). But, now, there’s an iPhone case that can do all of that—and more. Meet Wello. This thin, ultralight iPhone case can… Continue Reading »

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Man Loses 37 Pounds Eating Only McDonald’s

David Smothers January 7, 2014

Want to lose some weight? Try eating nothing but McDonald’s for 90 days. That’s what science teacher John Cisna did, and he not only lost 37 pounds but also saw dramatic improvements in health markers like cholesterol. The Iowa man was inspired to try his experiment after watching Supersize Me, the documentary in which eating McDonald’s… Continue Reading »

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Microsoft Is Helping Develop a Bra That Tells Women When to Stop Eating

David Smothers December 5, 2013

Don’t worry, emotional overeaters; your future is bright, sort of. Thanks to a collaborative study between the Microsoft Research Institute and the University of Rochester, a new, emotional-stress-detecting bra and mobile app duo may soon be giving your already fragile emotional state the extra guilt it needs to finally put the fork down. Travel with… Continue Reading »

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Get the Most out of Your Work Benefits by Being Proactive

David Smothers November 11, 2013

Raise your hand if you’ve ever woken up from a deep sleep with the work sweats after thinking you’d missed that big presentation or showed up to work without your shoes. Okay; now what about being jarred awake by the following thought: “Am I taking full advantage of the benefits I’m being offered at work?”… Continue Reading »

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Care Innovations names ex-Humana VP to replace retiring CEO Louis Burns

David Smothers September 27, 2013

Louis Burns, CEO of Intel-GE Care Innovations since the joint venture launched in early 2011 and, before that, head of Intel’s Digital Health Group, will retire at the end of the year, Roseville, Calif.-based Care Innovations announced Thursday. Taking his place will be former Humana executive Sean Slovenski, who brings a background in behavior change… Continue Reading »

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Why the University of Washington Wants Its Surgeons to Play Videogames

David Smothers September 11, 2013

In 1999, an Institute of Medicine study found that as many as 98,000 people die every year as the result of medical error in the U.S., incurring some $17 billion to $29 billion in hospital expenses. In 2009, the Safe Patient Project concluded that the situation may have gotten even worse in the decade that… Continue Reading »

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Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?

David Smothers August 20, 2013

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Just Grew Human Heart Tissue That Beats With Total Autonomy

David Smothers August 13, 2013

oming fresh on the heels of the news that scientists are successfully 3D printing live, working, mini human kidneys, a new report in Nature is giving another burst of hope to the future of organ transplants. For the very first time, a research team has been able to grow human heart tissue that beats totally… Continue Reading »

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Get Fit for Free on YouTube

David Smothers August 12, 2013

You can’t browse YouTube without stumbling upon someone’s homemade exercise video, but few deliver on the promise of actually providing a full-blown routine. Gregory Han, editor of Apartment Therapy Tech, decided to dig in and figure out how to find and use the good information to get in shape. From short 30 second clips showing… Continue Reading »

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