May 2 Media Roundup
August 11, 2016
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mHealth and Tech
- Fitbit and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are working on a 3,200 person study to determine if breast cancer recurrence is impacted by weight loss for overweight patients.
- A University of Wisconsin team has developed a method to create silicon-based transistors that are fast, flexible and inexpensive. This process may lead to a new generation of wearable devices.
- Forbes highlights 10 podcasts that are ideal for folks in the biotech, health and science industries.
- The University of Illinois is developing a small device that uses light imagery to scan the body and detect disease. This alternative to an MRI may help spot disease earlier in the process.
- Learn how cheap technology and the World Wide Hearing Foundation’s on-the-ground training effort is bringing hearing aids to the developing world.
- Ever wonder about the future of patient-generated health data? This quick video explains how patient-generated data is growing and will change the patient-doctor relationship.
Life Sciences and Pharma
- UC Berkeley scientists used a storytelling radio show to track blood flow and better understand meaning in the brain. The results show where meanings associated with words are located in the cortex.
- Oxford Nanopore Technologies is the creator of “the DNA sequencer you can forget in your jacket pocket,” and is taking steps to make the devices more widely available.
- A PhD student is researching the beginning of multicellularity and when it began. His findings? It all goes back to the RB gene.
- Cancer researcher Jay Bradner spoke with STAT about the importance of open science and sharing data.
- The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is in the middle of a huge effort to collect DNA and health data from 1 million veterans to support precision medicine. This spring, they’ll reach half of that number.
- Thinking about taking the plunge from being an exec to launching a bio startup? Here’s a few “tips from the biotech trenches” of Kendall Square.
- Did you know there were 214 million cases of malaria around the world in 2015?
- A new drug trial has seniors competing to participate. The investigational drug being tested may delay or prevent some of the most devastating diseases brought on by age.
- Researchers are looking for participants for the largest autism study in the U.S. The online initiative will collect DNA and other info from participants to better understand autism and develop new therapies.
- Microbiologist Jonathan Eisen “has a knack for really annoying his fellow scientists” and a passionate interest in bugs, and is profiled by STAT here.