March 14 Media Roundup
May 01, 2016
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Check out last week’s biggest industry news from our social media channels below.
mHealth and Tech
- Smartphones are becoming necessary for doctors in remote locations to diagnose and treat patients. Telemedicine is expected to grow by 10 times by 2018.
- A new wearable device has been designed by Toyota to help blind people improve mobility. The device uses cameras to recognize surroundings and guides the user with speakers.
- AbilTo, a remote visits behavioral health service, studied 466 people and found remote home visits helps participants lower stress, anxiety and depression while increasing frequency of glucose self-testing.
- The wearables market exceeded its expected 2015 growth. The latest trends show wearables increasingly moving to clothes and being tailored for specific populations.
- With a 65% growth in 10 years, NYC women-owned tech businesses are making huge contributions to the local tech industry, and added $3 billion to the city’s economy.
- Veritas Genetics — one of the first companies to sequence the entire human genome — is now offering an app with that allows users to access their genome on their phone.
- A new multi-brand, e-commerce website features the products of NYC tech entrepreneurs.
- Joe Biden swung by the University of California San Francisco to talk about his cancer moonshot initiative aimed at eradicating cancer as well as how tech can help.
- Mount Sinai’s AppLab is launching a data sharing initiative with the goal of building a shared body of digital health knowledge.
- Digital health startup Tiatros is partnering with IBM’s Watson to enhance their ability to help patients manage chronic conditions using social networks. Watson will allow the company to access unstructured health data and integrate it with other information.
- Genetic testing firm Ambry Genetics will place anonymous information from 10,000 of its patients in a publicly accessible database in hope of expediting future research.
- Big data takes on sleep habits with SleepHealth, Apple ResearchKit’s latest app. IBM and the American Sleep Apnea Association are behind the effort and hope to enroll 40,000 participants in the study.
Pharma and Life Sciences
- Regulators in Europe are kicking off an accelerator program to better support promising drugs that target unmet medical needs.
- A pharma insider talks about the cost of drug research and how research failures contribute to current prescriptions on the market.
- Scientists at the University College London have made a landmark discovery about the genetic makeup of cancer that could allow the human immune system to target and fight cancerous cells.
- Check out this great infographic of why a STEM education matters and how to inspire students to pursue careers in the field.
- Is it possible to change your diet and ward off cancerous cells? Some researchers believe that cancer may be “as much a disorder of altered energy production as it is genetic damage.”
- Our understanding and knowledge of ovarian cancer needs to be improved. For instance, the disease may start outside of the ovaries in the Fallopian tubes or uterus.
- We made headlines last week with our news about an mHealth study with Nestle! The study is looking at how activity and nutrition impacts adults who have joint pain using mHealth tools.