Biogen Idec has partnered with Google X, Google’s business unit for long-term “moonshot” projects, to study outside factors that might contribute to the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a report from Bloomberg.
Google and Biogen will use sensors, software, and data analysis tools to collect and analyze data from people who have MS. The companies aim to explore why MS progresses differently in each patient.
Bloomberg pointed out that Biogen has used digital tools for its disease research in the past. Last month, Biogen announced that it was using Fitbit activity trackers to gather data from people who have MS. It gave 250 Fitbit bands to participants to track their level of activity and sleep patterns. Last summer, the pharma company worked with Cleveland Clinic to develop an iPad app to assess MS progression.
DJM has been awarded "Best In Class" in the Health and Nutrition category for it's design and build of the T.A. Sciences website. The Interactive Media Awards recognise the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honour individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements.
Project Omote is a collaboration between Japanese artist Nobumichi Asai, make-up artist Hiroto Kuwahara and french digital engineer Paul Lacroix. Using a unique system that combines both motion tracking and projection mapping, graphics are projected onto a human face.
Medical and engineering researchers have developed a smartphone app, called BiliCam, that can diagnose jaundice in newborns via a smartphone’s camera. The app calibrates and accounts for different lighting conditions and skin tones, sending the results almost instantly to the parent's phone.
Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well-being and can predict county-level rates of heart disease, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of theAssociation for Psychological Science.
Previous studies have identified many factors that contribute to the risk of heart disease, including behavioral factors like smoking and psychological factors like stress.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated that Twitter can capture more information about heart disease risk than many traditional factors combined, as it also characterizes the psychological atmosphere of a community.
The findings show that expressions of negative emotions such as anger, stress, and fatigue in the tweets from people in a given county were associated with higher heart disease risk in that county. On the other hand, expressions of positive emotions like excitement and optimism were associated with lower risk.
The results suggest that using Twitter as a window into a community’s collective mental state may provide a useful tool in epidemiology:
A new prototype brings together 3D printing, room to breathe and ultrasound pulses to create a cast that is not only comfortable and stylish to wear but is expected to speed healing relative to existing options.
To complement the re-launch of Ted Baker’s Regent Street store, Plastic Interactive created a bespoke virtual reality (VR) experience with the first known commercial use of Google Cardboard. This game transports the user across London, hunting for “Ted’s jewels”, and measures the speed at which users spot these treasures via eye tracking.
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