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Nov. 30 Media Roundup

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Did you miss out on last week's news? Catch up on some of the past week's biggest stories in mHealth, tech, life sciences and the pharma industries.

As always, don't forget to stay in touch with us all week on Twitter and LinkedIn for a steady stream of news highlights!

mHealth and Tech

  • How can mHealth tech enhance clinical trial management in Asia? Our own Moto Nishi discusses in BioSpectrum Magazine.
  • Uber is rolling into healthcare. In the past week, the company has collaborated with three different digital health companies and appointed its first health advisor.
  • The 2015 holiday season kicked off with a number of creative STEM toys made specifically for girls including wearables that can be programmed, building kits with circuits and subscription-based science experiment kits.
  • Video games to treat ADHD? Yep, they exist. One company has created a game to increase attention and decrease impulsivity in children and hopes to receive FDA approval after completing a clinical trial.
  • Have you noticed that running and marathons have been exploding in popularity? Fitness trackers and wearable devices are being credited for creating a new generation of runners.
  • Read up on MD+DI Associate Editor Marie Thibault’s thoughts on the latest trends in the FDA’s regulations of medical devices, some of the latest trends in wirelessly powering implantable devices without batteries and trends in wearable devices.
  • PwC released a report about primary care and included a bunch of points about digital health. For instance, right now 60% of patients would be willing to FaceTime with their physicians and skip a trip to the doctor’s office.
  • Last week, scientists at the Canadian Journal of Cardiology used Google Glass to help restore blood flow in a chronically blocked coronary artery. How? They planned the surgery using projections in a virtual-reality device based on Google Glass. 
  • TIME released their annual roundup of the 25 best inventions of 2015. Some of the products that made the list include hoverboards, a gluten-sniffing sensor, transparent trucks and an ocean vacuum.
  • Smartphones acting as artificial pancreas? A new digital glucose monitor is being developed at the University of Virginia that automates the monitoring of blood glucose levels and insulin for Type 1 diabetes patients.

Life Sciences and Pharma

  • At TEDMED 2015, the Valley of Death -- or the biomedical therapeutic development gap between academia and industry -- was one of the major themes addressed as needing improvements to bring new innovations to patients.
  • Patient-focused trials are being called the newest clinical research trend.
  • Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative is continuing to move ahead and made a couple announcements last week including an Advisory Panel of outside advisors, and funding opportunities. 
  • Cheap DNA sequencing has arrived from Twist and will offer gene synthesis at 10 cents per letter with a guaranteed turnaround time of 10 days. Coming soon: writing DNA in a lab. 

Jacob Angevine