April 4 Media Roundup
April 11, 2016
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mHealth and Tech
- Harvard is launching a ResearchKit study to try to better understand the effect of playing professional football on players’ health.
- Technology improves efficiency and drives value, yet there are also drawbacks to its use. Check out some thoughts on how leaders can safely innovate new products.
- Is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit really our normal temperature? Boston Children’s Hospital launched its second Apple ResearchKit study — Feverprints — studying fevers to challenge some of our current beliefs.
- Used by 3.5 million doctors, medical web portal M3 is expanding its focus to begin investing in healthcare startups all over the world.
- Technology is increasingly providing clinical trial patients with the ability to self-report subjective symptoms and numerically rank their pain.
- TechCrunch takes a look at investors’ top seven picks from the first day of the Y Combinator 2016 Winter Demo.
- Turns out we’re more honest with our smartphones than doctors, and researchers are now beginning to mine apps for answers to medical questions.
- High-volume pharmacies may be able to save money and increase efficiency using abig data approach to filling prescriptions.
Pharma and Life Sciences
- Healthcare Innovation Centers — aiming to develop and test new ways of delivering healthcare — are popping up all over the country. Check out some of the initiatives coming from these centers.
- Science magazine makes a compelling argument for sharing data in clinical research.
- Some folks believe science courses lack creativity, but there are easy ways to make classes more creative (and interesting) for students.
- Despite questions raised about reusing a different organization’s research data for their own goals, we may need more “research parasites” who use over others’ data.
- Ever notice that some “statistically significant” research findings can be questionable? Maybe we need even more. Wired argues the lack of tolerance for failure in the social sciences discourages creative discoveries.
- Growing space drugs? Researchers are trying to do so on the space station. The hope is that the intense environment will change the metabolism and gene expression of the fungi, leading to new insights.
- Stanford researchers have developed a new technique to detect tumor DNA from cancer cells in patients’ blood. The hope is that these “liquid biopsies” will replace obtaining tumor tissues with surgery.