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California issues historic medical marijuana rules
Medical pot patients could see their marijuana become cleaner and safer, with the cost jumping about ten percent, under new draft regulations for California’s multibillion-dollar medical cannabis industry....
The guy who 3-D printed his own brain tumor has joined Apple
Apple declined to comment. Keating made headlines in 2015 after revealing the depths of his science experiment to better understand his own tumor. Keating told Vox that he collected 75 gigabytes of his...
Here's why one tech investor thinks some doctors will be 'obsolete' in five years
Vinod Khosla once proclaimed that machines will replace 80 percent of doctors, which prompted waves of backlash from the medical community. Never one to shy away from controversy, the venture capitalist...
Facebook will now let users host fundraisers for emergencies or medical issues
Facebook has introduced a crowdfunding feature to help users back causes such as education, medical needs, pet medical, crisis relief, personal emergencies and funerals. The new tool, Personal Fundraiser,...
The people who help you die better
Enlarge / The Calicut Medical College Hospital. Calicut Medical College Hospital reader comments 0 Share this story A network of compassionate volunteers caring for their terminally ill neighbours is...
What do we know about the effects of medical marijuana?
EnlargeCalifornia Medical Cannabis Initiative reader comments 9 Share this story BOSTON—Stacy Gruber of Harvard Medical School laid out the numbers: 28 states and the District of Columbia have medical...
Jawbone may stop making consumer wearables and instead make medical devices
Valentina Palladino reader comments 6 Share this story Just because Jawbone can sell wearables in the US doesn't mean it will. A report from TechCrunch suggests the wearables company won't be selling...
Johnson & Johnson makes cautious forecast, shops diabetes care
Johnson & Johnson edged above fourth-quarter profit expectations, helped by consumer goods and pharmaceutical growth, but the world’s biggest health care products company also gave Wall Street a softer-than-expected...
Medical clinic startup with tech backing opens doors in SF
If a doctor’s office and a tech startup had a baby, it might look something like Forward, a health startup founded by former Google and Uber executives who are looking to disrupt the health care market....
New FDA chief should have medical experience, drugmakers say
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration should have a medical background, and the agency should continue evaluating new medications’ effectiveness, drugmaker executives...
FDA Releases Guidance for Medical Device Cybersecurity
To help advance the state of medical device cybersecurity the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has new guidance to help improve security for 2017, but it might not be enough to handle the immediate...
New hotels fill a need as more patients travel
About 90 percent of the Edge’s customers have had ties to the hospital, including potential medical students, visiting professors and pharmaceutical sales representatives, Sherizen said. While medical...
Delta shifts, Chewbacca sings, Christmas costs, Curry donates
Delta Air Lines lifted its requirement that medical professionals show identification when they offer medical help after a female black doctor alleged that an attendant rebuffed her offer to assist an...
Trump’s health pick, Tom Price, sparks bitter infighting among doctors
Enlarge / Tom Price, R-Ga., speaks at a signing ceremony for the "Restoring Americans Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" at the US Capitol in Washington in 2016. Rep. Price, who is also a...
‘Give me bitcoins or I start executing patients’
‘A vast majority of patients have no idea how vulnerable they are when it comes to the delivery of their health services,’ experts warn. AUSTRALIAN hospitals are increasingly at risk of cyber criminal...
These 700 job cuts will hurt all 24 million of us
Science and medical research is at a crossroads warns the sector as labs increasingly sit vacant. Picture: Mark Brake AUSTRALIA faces an impending healthcare crisis and a mass exodus from the scientific...
Clinton, Trump do agree on one thing—the right to use marijuana
Aurich Lawson reader comments 18 Share this story Campaign 2016 State of the biggest, best union: Trump nightly webcast debuts tonight The next President will take power with significant space decisions...
The high costs of not offering paid sick leave
A study by Philip Susser, now a medical student, and Nicolas Ziebarth, a Cornell economist, backs up Chipotle’s theory that paid sick leave could reduce the spread of contagion. According to the study,...
At work, application of pot laws remains hazy
[...] he went back to his office and put the drugs on his desk, not realizing that even though his purchase was legal under state law he had just violated the city’s drug-free workplace policy. If prosecutors...
App helps save man having a heart attack
SEATTLE -- If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it.And if 41 people within a 330-yard radius have a cellphone app alerting them to your distress, so much the...
St. Jude forms cyber panel after claims of heart-device bugs
By Jim Finkle Medical-device maker St. Jude Medical Inc said on Monday that it planned to set up a medical advisory board focused on cyber-security issues affecting patient care and safety.St. Jude said...
Smart phones are ‘mobile doctors’
Computers are beating doctors at diagnosis of some diseases. Picture: iStock EXCLUSIVE Computers are beating doctors at diagnosing melanoma, they can categorise your personality type and even tell if you...
Alberta producer launches medical marijuana app
Need some medical marijuana? There’s an app for that.An Alberta-based pot producer has launched a mobile app to make it easier for patients with a prescription to purchase federally-regulated medicinal...
Hackers stealing and selling your health records must be stopped
It’s healthy to exercise cautionDave Whitney/GettyBy James ScottThere is a new epidemic threatening our healthcare system. A blatant disregard in medical organisations for ensuring their computers and...
Smart medicine is coming of age, but will doctors bite?
Can we have an expert diagnosis?Anna Schroll / fotogloria / LUZBy Aviva RutkinTHE doctors were stumped. After months of cancer treatment at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the patient – a woman in her...
Federal health law has cut uninsured in California by 72%
More than 70 percent of California residents who were uninsured before the Affordable Care Act went into effect now have coverage, even though some worries about costs and access to medical care persist,...
People are giving more of themselves lately ... literally
Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 6:02 PM EDT Many U.S. medical schools are seeing a surge in the number of people leaving their bodies to science, a trend attributed to rising funeral costs and growing acceptance...
Microsoft wants to make curing people easier with artificial intelligence
The medical industry could be set for a "revolution" with the emergence of more complex artificial intelligence (AI), one of Microsoft's top researchers told CNBC on Wednesday, as technology giants look...
Feds will pay $475,000 to settle “illegal body cavity search” case
El Paso, Texas border crossing as seen in 2009. Robin Kanouse reader comments 29 Share this story Further ReadingWoman sues border agency after invasive cavity search for non-existent drugsCustoms and...
Attackers Target Health Care Firms, Steal 600K Records
New research from security specialist InfoArmor shows how Russian hackers have been able to get access to patient records in the United States. A group of attackers infiltrated American health care institutions...
Suit says California workers’ comp biased against women
The suit, filed on behalf of several women and a labor union in Los Angeles County Superior Court, argues that women’s equal opportunity rights are violated by a system where the medical examiners are...
New preclinical study indicates vaccine to prevent Zika infection in humans is feasible
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and collaborators at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School have completed a promising preclinical study of two Zika vaccine...
TrapX Study Points to Invasive Attacks Against Hospitals
TrapX describes Medical Device Hijack 2 as a focused, customized exploit and attack by organized crime against hospitals' network-connected medical devices. Hackers are increasingly going after hospitals...
Google plays doctor by identifying your medical symptoms
You can now ask Google to help diagnose what ails you.Starting Monday, Google's mobile site as well as its iOS and Android apps will introduce a feature that aims to track down information on medical...
Googling medical symptoms may no longer convince you that you’re dying
GoogleIf you ask the Internet what’s wrong with you when you’re not feeling well, it’s bound to break the news that you’ve probably got cancer or perhaps some rare, terminal disease. It doesn’t matter...
Online tools to shop for doctors snag on health care’s complexity
Castlight's problems are echoed elsewhere. "You can't save money if people aren't shopping," said Mitch Rothschild, the executive chairman of a competitor, Vitals. His company offers tools that let workers...
That time a patient’s heart procedure was interrupted by a virus scan
EnlargeMerge HealthcareA heart patient undergoing a medical procedure earlier this year was put at risk when misconfigured antivirus software caused a crucial lab device to hang and require a reboot before...
Alberta high school students attempt to create a rapid blood coagulant
Six teams from around the province met in Lethbridge this weekend to learn about synthetic biology, and work with researchers to create a biological device designed to quickly coagulate blood.Alberta’s...
Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States
Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure surpasses the...
Novel, bacteria-repelling biomaterial could increase the success of medical implants
A new material has been designed to help healthy cells "win the race" to a medical implant, beating off competition from bacterial cells and thus reducing the likelihood of the implant being rejected by...
World’s first virtual reality surgery to be broadcast live Thursday
The world’s first virtual reality (VR) surgery will be broadcast live Thursday, as surgeons, medical students and VR enthusiasts watch Dr. Shafi Ahmed remove a tumor from a colon cancer patient’s bowel.The...
Watch cancer surgery streamed live in virtual reality here
Get VR set, go MedicalRealitiesBy Sam WongIf you are squeamish, look away now. At 1 pm UK time today, Barts Health NHS Trust in London will be live-streaming an operation in virtual reality, and you can...
DEA mellowing out on cannabis would make medical research easier
Difficult to studyLance Murphey/The New York Times/Redux/eyevineYou can buy weed gummy bears in Colorado and vape cannabis in Oregon, yet US scientists are struggling to get their hands on the stuff for...
World's first virtual reality operation will happen this week - and you can watch
The world's first operation to be streamed in virtual reality will take place this week, presenting a new way to educate medical students across the globe.The procedure is set to be filmed through two...
ER docs get heart rate info from Fitbit, save patient’s life
ALFRED SACCHETTI, MDOne man's Fitbit device proved to be much more than a smart pedometer. After a 42-year old New Jersey man suffered a seizure at work one day, emergency room doctors used his Fitbit...
Google Search introduces health cards for India with support for 400 diseases
Comments Written by Shruti Dhapola | New Delhi | Published:April 5, 2016 6:13 pm Google India in partnership with Apollo Hospitals announced a new feature that shows disease information in a card-like...
Scientists and insurers develop 'death clock' to predict when customers will die
“We want to develop software tools that use Big Data routinely collected by healthcare providers to forecast longevity. “We want to identify and quantify the key factors affecting mortality and longevity,...
Hack on D.C.-area hospital chain reverts them to paper
WASHINGTON- Modern medicine in the Washington area reverted to 1960s-era paper systems when one of the largest hospital chains wascrippled by a virus that shuttered its computers for patients and medical...
MedStar paralyzed as hackers take aim at another US hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) — Modern medicine in the Washington area reverted to 1960s-era paper systems when one of the largest hospital chains was crippled by a virus that shuttered its computers for patients and...
Apple's new CareKit platform will bring new apps for improving health - CNET
Screenshot by Dan Graziano/CNET Apple on Monday announced CareKit, an open source framework that will help developers build apps that aid in improving health and wellness of users. These will be different...
iPhone app tracks 600 patients in biggest ever Parkinson’s study
How am I feeling right now?Alex Macro/CorbisIN BED, at dinner, on your way to work. Our smartphones are always with us, their sensors capturing data about our lives. That data is priceless to firms like...
Social media beneficial for sharing, building upon patient experiences, research shows
Patients often seek medical knowledge from social media platforms rather than traditional medical sources, research confirms. A new study suggests that digital media eases one-way, two-way and crowdsourced...
This portable ultrasound will beam images straight to your phone
Have you ever looked at your phone and thought "this device is a pretty phenomenal illustration of man's mastery over nature… but I really wish I could use it to see inside the uteri of pregnant women"?...
Smartphones not so smart with urgent medical questions
(Reuters Health) - Smartphones are the first thing many people turn to with questions about their health. But when it comes to urgent queries about issues like suicide, rape and heart attacks, phones can...
Marijuana’s new tech hub
Israel wants to become the technology hub for the world’s weed industry. (AP Photo/Marina Riker) THE unlikeliest of countries is establishing itself as the technology hub of an exploding global trade in...
Samsung Collaborates With American Cancer Society, Breezie
The aim is to help patients feel more comfortable keeping their personal records on this platform, with the knowledge that their data is protected. Consumer electronics giant Samsung is making a move...
Sure, Scott Kelly says, he could go another year in space
Scott Kelly will be able to eat all the fresh fruit he wants next week.NASAScott Kelly is less than a week from coming home. When he climbs into a Soyuz spacecraft next Tuesday night, he will have completed...
Hollywood Hospital Succumbs to Hacker Shakedown
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on Wednesday announced that it paid approximately $17,000 to resume normal operations after digital extortionists knocked its computer systems offline. The Los Angeles...
Hollywood Hospital Pays $17K Ransom to Recover Systems
Far from the $3.4 million initially reported, the ransom was "the quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems," the hospital's CEO states. A ransomware attack that had left a southern California...
Hospital Forced Back to Pre-Computer Era Shows the Power of Ransomware
Malicious software that uses encryption to hold data for ransom has become wildly successful over the last few years. Ransomware, as it is known, now looks to have scored its highest-profile victim yet....
Pokemon Stars: all the latest leaks from the rumored Nintendo Switch game
Though there’s been no official confirmation that a game called Pokémon Stars is coming to the Nintendo Switch, we do know that a Pokémon game will make its way to the console eventually. There are many...
The best PC games of 2017… so far
Blimey! We’re not even halfway through the year and we’ve already had a veritable smorgasbord of gaming delicacies served to us in 2017. And it’s not one genre or tier dominating the scene either, with...
Acer’s Predator Triton aims to be the king of ultra-thin gaming laptops
Acer has unveiled a pair of new gaming notebooks, including a super-thin laptop which packs an impressive amount of power for its size.The Predator Triton 700 is the first in a new series of laptops designed...
Slender: The Eight Pages
Falling into the broad category of survival horror, Slender: The Eight Pages is a first person puzzler based on the Slender Man myth. Your mission is to find the titular eight pages about the pale, faceless...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark