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Quit Your Fitbit? Study Sheds Light on Why People Stop Using Wearables

It’s somewhat of a familiar story: You unwrap a shiny new Fitbit on Christmas morning, and it becomes your obsession for a month or so. You increase your workouts to get in those extra steps, and maybe you even diligently track your calories in the hopes of sticking to that New Year’s resolution to lose […]

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Could Your Apple Watch Detect a Heart Condition?

Could your Apple Watch someday end up saving your life? If the initial results of Apple’s latest venture are a success, that could very well be the case. As CNBC first reported, Apple will soon begin the process of testing to determine whether its signature watch might be able to detect certain cardiac conditions. Working with researchers […]

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“Am I Depressed?” Google, NAMI Team Up to Screen for Depression

These days, it probably seems like a natural first step to turn to Google when you’re looking for an answer to virtually any question, from the current weather anywhere in the world to your favorite sports team’s score from last night to how to tie a tie. Now, the search engine is seeking to help […]

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Penn HealthX Podcast Debuts: Take a Listen!

Looking to hear from people who are equally committed to health care, technology, and entrepreneurship? Look no further than the newly debuted Penn HealthX Podcast. Created and produced by students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, the goal of the podcast, as the Penn HealthX team explains, is “to share […]

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VA, White House Highlight Telehealth for Vets

The Veterans Administration (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telehealth to treat its patients. Indeed, in 2015, the agency’s providers completed more than 2.1 million telehealth visits, 45 percent of which were with rural patients. Now, that trend is continuing with the unveiling last Thursday of a new initiative designed to […]

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mHealth and Pregnant Women: App Leads to Better Health Outcomes

While the United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, its maternal and infant health outcomes, simply put, leave a good deal to be desired. Indeed, according to an NPR/ProPublica investigation, the U.S. maternal mortality rate tops that of other developed nations at 26.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. And Centers for […]

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“Alexa, Call My Doctor”: Amazon Focusing on Health

What if you could order up a virtual doctor’s visit or fill a prescription as easily as you could purchase a new pair of shoes or a bottle of laundry detergent: on Amazon? According to recent reports, the company’s top-secret health care lab, dubbed “1492,” is working to make those scenarios a reality for consumers. […]

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“Digital Health Coaching” Helps Reduce Obesity, Improve Heart Health

Smartphones these days, it seems, can help you do pretty much everything—from hailing a ride to transferring money to tracking and managing health data. To that last point, a new retrospective study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) has shed light on the potential that mHealth has to promote patient weight loss […]

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The Next Frontier for Apple: Interoperability

Coming (most likely) soon to your iPhone: new tools for the coordination of clinical health data. As CNBC first reported, Apple’s developers are seeking to turn their signature mobile device into what they term “the central bank for health information.” What’s more, the developers are seeking to make it easier for patients to share that […]

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Tackling Childhood Obesity with mHealth: New Study

From a public health perspective, childhood obesity in the United States has long been a cause for concern. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, childhood obesity rates have “more than tripled since the 1970s,” and, today, about one in five school-aged children has been classified as obese. For young people, obesity […]

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