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This Is What Our Grocery Shelves Would Look Like Without Bees - Co.Design

Co.Design This Is What Our Grocery Shelves Would Look Like Without Bees Co.Design Thanks for stopping by Fast Company's Co.Design. If you've been a reader for some time, you'll notice that we've just unveiled a brand-new redesign.
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A shot in the arm for old antibiotics: Silver boosts antibiotics

A shot in the arm for old antibiotics: Silver boosts antibiotics | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Slipping bacteria some silver could give old antibiotics new life, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported June 19 in Science Translational Medicine.
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Which Diseases Have The Most IPAD Apps? (Infographic)

Which Diseases Have The Most IPAD Apps? (Infographic) | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Monitoring The Pulse Of Health Care Social Media (by Editor)
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New Dental Goo Could Regenerate Your Teeth From Within | Gadgets, Science & Technology

New Dental Goo Could Regenerate Your Teeth From Within | Gadgets, Science & Technology | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
A team of scientists has created yet another strange goo for dentists to put in your mouth. But this one is particularly beneficial for patients who fear
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OpenIDEO - How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age? - Inspiration

OpenIDEO - How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age? - Inspiration | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
OpenIDEO is a global community that will draw on your optimism, inspiration, ideas and opinions to solve problems together for the collective social good.

 

 

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The Avatar Will See You Now | MIT Technology Review

The Avatar Will See You Now | MIT Technology Review | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Medical centers are testing new, friendly ways to reduce the need for office visits by extending their reach into patients’ homes.

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Most patients who enter the gym of the San Mateo Medical Center in California are there to work with physical therapists. But a few who had knee replacements are being coached by a digital avatar instead.

The avatar, Molly, interviews them in Spanish or English about the levels of pain they feel as a video guides them through exercises, while the 3-D cameras of a Kinect device measure their movements. Because it’s a pilot project, Paul Carlisle, the director of rehabilitation services, looks on. But the ultimate goal is for the routine to be done from a patient’s home.


“It would change our whole model,” says Carlisle, who is running the trial as the public hospital looks for creative ways to extend the reach of its overtaxed budget and staff. “We don’t want to replace therapists. But in some ways, it does replace the need to have them there all the time.”

Receiving remote medical care is becoming more common as technologies improve and health records get digitized. Sense.ly, the California startup running the trial, is one of more than 500 companies using health-care tools from Nuance, a company that develops speech-recognition and virtual-assistant software. “Our goal is basically to capture the patient’s state of mind and body,” says Ivana Schnur, cofounder of Sense.ly and a clinical psychologist who has spent years developing virtual-reality tools in medicine and mental health.


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Kate Drake's curator insight, June 11, 2013 12:27 PM

There's something about an avatar doctor that seems like a bad idea. I think the technology could be used for something very useful and productive in the medical field, but limiting to an even further extent the face time between patient and doctor is not sound medical treatment. 

luiy's curator insight, June 15, 2013 9:34 AM

The Sense.ly software, currently in beta, is also being tested at an addiction and detox clinic in California, doing patient intake and assessment in a crowded waiting room. Schnur hopes the system will eventually be used for even more complex tasks. The company, a product of the French telecommunication company Orange’s Silicon Valley incubator program, is working to include additional features, such as the ability to interpret and respond to a patient’s facial expressions.

 

Of course, doctors see some risks in such approaches, especially if the software makes an error or misinterprets an interaction. Kanter points out that although electronic systems often reduce errors, any errors that occur can propagate more quickly than those made only on paper.

Carlisle, who will enroll 50 to 60 patients by the time the study is done, is looking forward to getting more data. Over time, he hopes, not only will he improve the care of individual patients in their home environments, but what he learns from the data will improve therapy for everyone.

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Chemists demonstrate sensor technology that could detect, monitor diabetes through breath analysis alone

Chemists demonstrate sensor technology that could detect, monitor diabetes through breath analysis alone | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Diabetes patients often receive their diagnosis after a series of glucose-related blood tests in hospital settings, and then have to monitor their condition daily through expensive, invasive methods.
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How A Guerrilla Art Project Gave Birth To NYC’s New Wheelchair Symbol

How A Guerrilla Art Project Gave Birth To NYC’s New Wheelchair Symbol | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
In coming months, as parts of New York City continue to rebuild after the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, observant citizens may notice a small change in their neighborhoods.
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Technology That Knows When to Hand You a Hankie | MIT Technology Review

Technology That Knows When to Hand You a Hankie | MIT Technology Review | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Happy? Sad? A startup called Beyond Verbal has developed technology that can understand how you’re feeling just by listening to your voice.
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Pain-Free Immunization Leaves a Happy Mark on Baby’s Skin | Gadgets, Science & Technology

Pain-Free Immunization Leaves a Happy Mark on Baby’s Skin | Gadgets, Science & Technology | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Pain-Free Immunization Leaves a Happy Mark on Baby’s Skin
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Forget to Take Medicine? These Pills Know

Forget to Take Medicine? These Pills Know | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

Startup companies are coming up with new technologies aimed at getting people to take medicine only as directed.

 

Taking medication haphazardly—skipping doses, lapsing between refills or taking pills beyond their expiration date—has been linked to health complications and hundreds of millions of wasted dollars for insurers and hospitals.

 "After six months' time, only half of people taking prescription medicines are taking them as directed," said Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer of drug retailer CVS Caremark Corp. 

Health insurers and pharmacy-benefits managers like CVS have long relied on robo-calls, mailers and face-to-face meetings with pharmacists to keep patients on their dosing schedule.

 

Now they are evaluating a range of more cost-effective technologies, from pills and bottles with digital sensors, to data analytics software and social games that offer patients rewards.

 

Insurers and pharmacies are motivated in part by Medicare, which offers financial rewards for proving their members have improved their overall adherence to medication schedules.

 

They also stand to benefit if their members are healthier. The New England Healthcare Institute estimates that some $290 billion in costs is wasted each year on unnecessary hospital and doctor visits by people who failed to comply with their medication schedule.

 

CVS is pilot-testing technology from Virginia-based RxAnte Inc., which sells an analytics platform that looks at millions of patients' claims data and clinical data to identify people at highest risk of failing to comply with doctors' orders.

 

These patients include people with a spotty track record of adherence, those who take several different medicines or those facing unwanted side effects, Chief Executive Josh Benner said.

 

"It's all a targeting game," Mr. Benner said. "We predict individual behaviors, and suggest interventions."

 


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malek's comment, May 22, 2013 7:39 AM
Health insurers and pharmacy-benefits managers like CVS are here for the long haul
Deborah Verran's comment, May 22, 2013 8:52 PM
Interesting technology. Will be interested in follow up data
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Avatar helps people living with schizophrenia stand up to the voices in their heads

Avatar helps people living with schizophrenia stand up to the voices in their heads | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

Putting a digital face to the abusive voices in their head could help people with schizophrenia.

 

Results of a preliminary trial, announced today at the Wellcome Trust in London, demonstrated how people with schizophrenia could overcome their auditory hallucinations by conversing with an avatar representation of the voice in their head.

 

At the start of the trial, 16 people with schizophrenia created an on-screen avatar that best matched what they imagined the voice in their head to look like – much like a police photo-fit. They then chose a male or female voice closely resembling the one they hear.

 

By conversing with a therapist via the avatar, the volunteers reported reduced levels of distress and higher self-esteem. Three people stopped hearing the hallucinatory voice altogether – including one who had lived with it for 16 years.


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Upcoming and Present Exhibitions and Events |

Upcoming and Present Exhibitions and Events | | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Final Show Royal College of Art 2013
The Alchemical Jeweller 2012-2013

The Alchemical jeweller [adj. + n.]
A maker of objects and adornments; who finds inspiration in substances, scents and science.
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The Alchemical jeweller- what a great idea! and what an interesting use of perfume as material. One to keep an ey on

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ECG Check iPhone Case Now Available as Prescription or OTC

ECG Check iPhone Case Now Available as Prescription or OTC | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Having earlier this year received FDA clearance, Cardiac Designs is now releasing its ECG Check device for heart monitoring on the iPhone. It's shaped to b
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Reusable Cling-like Wrap Will Have You Asking for Seconds | Gadgets, Science & Technology

Reusable Cling-like Wrap Will Have You Asking for Seconds | Gadgets, Science & Technology | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Imagine taking the cling wrap off of your leftover casserole and washing it off for reuse. Sound gross? It probably does to most people, with the exception
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Water-Repellant Material Wicks Sweat Away Like Human Skin | Gadgets, Science & Technology

Water-Repellant Material Wicks Sweat Away Like Human Skin | Gadgets, Science & Technology | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
There isn't a material much more effective for channeling and releasing extra moisture than human skin, but a team of researchers at the University of
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Patients Are Over the Yuck Factor of Fecal Transplants

Patients Are Over the Yuck Factor of Fecal Transplants | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
New research by Stacy Kahn shows that patients already suffering from gastrointestinal disorders are more than willing to get past the “yuck” factor of fecal transplants.
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bacteria are becoming very interesting things to research

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BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, The Quantified Self: Can Life Be Measured?

BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, The Quantified Self: Can Life Be Measured? | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Life-logging and other obsessions of the nascent 'quantified self' movement explored.
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Ignite Wellness permet de suivre son espérance de vie en temps réel

Ignite Wellness permet de suivre son espérance de vie en temps réel | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

Quel âge a notre corps ? Ignite Wellness, une application mobile, tente de répondre à cette question en permettant à son utilisateur de suivre jour après jour son espérance de vie.


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Frédéric Liégeois's comment, June 11, 2013 3:15 AM
ça fait peur...
Cecile Chelim's comment, June 12, 2013 2:18 AM
Tout dépend du résultat !
Frédéric Liégeois's comment, June 12, 2013 3:44 AM
Mieux vaut laisser faire le hasard, plutôt que chercher à lire dans une boule de crystal, du marketing pour vendre une appli...
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Duke Surgeons Implant First Bioengineered Blood Vessel

Duke Surgeons Implant First Bioengineered Blood Vessel | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Clinicians at Duke University Hospital are some of the first to implant a bioengineered blood vessel into a human patient. The vein was developed by Duke

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The surgery is part of a larger phase 1 clinical trial on 20 patients with end-stage renal disease that Duke researchers are spearheading. The vessels are being implanted into the arms of the subjects to help with performing hemodialysis, and the researchers will be closely following up to analyze the safety and durability of the new grafts.


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3D-printed Robohand helps children born without fingers

3D-printed Robohand helps children born without fingers | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
3D printed Robohand made from plastic parts for children born without fingers due to amniotic band syndrome.
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Electroceuticals: swapping drugs for devices

Electroceuticals: swapping drugs for devices | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

Bioelectronics is the field of developing medicines that use electrical impulses to modulate the body's neural circuits as an alternative to drug-based interventions. How far away are we from having these very targeted "electroceuticals"?


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Ajan Reginald's curator insight, May 29, 2013 5:12 AM

fascinating approach goes beyond pain relief

luiy's curator insight, May 29, 2013 7:24 AM

Twenty years ago, neurosurgeon and researcher Kevin Tracey was studying whether an experimental molecule called CNI-1493 could limit damage to the brain after a stroke. His team was injecting the molecule into the brains of rats during a stroke to see how successfully it prevented swelling -- an immune system response -- of the brain.