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Jan. 6 Media Roundup

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Happy 2016! If you tuned out the news during the holidays, catch up on some of the highlights we featured on our social channels over the past couple of weeks. 

Pharma and Healthcare

  • Our own Bryan Spielman authors an article about the potential for the Middle East to become a healthcare research hub.
  • What’s ahead for health and science in 2016? Experts at the UC San Francisco share their ideas about the developments they expect to see this year.
  • With the assistance of 60 doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic, a baby delivered six months ago is thriving with a 3-D-printed heart.
  • Interested in improving a medical device such as a hearing aid or nebulizer? Take a look at five ingenious ways people have improved medical devices.
  • A tiny bioreactor could be a breakthrough for drug delivery to patients in remote locations.
  • Researchers have developed a new gene drive system that may answer some of the problems of insect-borne diseases
  • Bayer and CRISPR are teaming up on a joint venture to develop gene-editing applications for patients suffering from blood disorders, blindness and congenital heart diseases.
  • From personal health to disease treatment, disruptions in healthcare are increasingly seen from Apple, Google, Samsung and Intel. Check out what’s coming next from these companies. 
  • Great news for the rare disease community! A bipartisan effort from the House and Senate has created the first Rare Disease Congressional Caucus.

mHealth and Tech

  • A new social media tool created by startup Prepared Health hopes to provide more coordinated healthcare and lower hospital readmission rates for patients.
  • A social robot – complete with a personality – developed by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may be the future of healthcare services. It even even has bedside manners.
  • The NIH has set an ambitious goal: by 2020 they want to provide “rigorous evidence” for using mHealth tech to promote health and prevent diseases.
  • Stratio’s new infrared device, LinkSquare, scans medicine, food and other substances to test authenticity with results visible on a smartphone.
  • Using its newly developed smart thermometer, Kinsa is creating a real-time map of human health to show aggregate health trends.
  • 2015 was a big year for the Internet of Things, and 2016 isn’t expected to slow down. One company predicts 38.5 billion connected devices by 2020.
  • A USC telehealth center is showing great results with extended home-based video visits that help caregivers deal with stress.
  • United Rescue, a new mHealth app, dispatches trained volunteer first responders and has just passed a milestone with its first life saved.
  • Technology and virtual therapy are coming together to change how mental health is approached.
  • Author, professor and doctor Robert Wachter believes we’re just “at the cusp of digital healthcare” with medicine beginning to embrace technology.
  • Idea lab or surgery center? Sloan Kettering’s new outpatient surgery center in New York doubles as a “test bed for emerging ideas” with the latest health tech, patient experience design, data tracking and more.
  • A connected healthcare model can diagnose illnesses in children at schools remotely using various mediums such as video conferencing, phone calls, audio and video clips.
  • Is 3-D-printed medicine a possibility?
  • Author and IT analyst Joe McKendrick predicts how cloud-based innovation will impact and change healthcare in 2016.

As always, keep up with the news highlights and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn all week. 

Jacob Angevine