Tag Archives: Health

UW ‘genius’ gets health apps set for startup

BOSTON – University of Washington computer scientist Shwetak Patel’s work with sensors and smart devices has already spawned a wide range of ventures, but his latest experiments hold the promise of revolutionizing health screening worldwide. Patel and his colleagues are using … Continue reading

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How a robo-trap zeroes in on Zika mosquitoes

BOSTON – Microsoft’s robotic mosquito trap is so smart it can tell one insect species from another – and that’s good news for scientists fighting the Zika virus, dengue fever and other mosquito-borne maladies. It can also tell if you’re buzzing … Continue reading

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This laser scanner goes inside blood vessels

Researchers have found a way to use a laser-scanning mini-camera to map the inner working of blood vessels and spot the early signs of stroke risk. The proof-of-concept demonstrations, conducted using carotid arteries that were harvested during autopsies, are described today … Continue reading

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Diarrhea linked to telomere troubles later in life

Frequent bouts of diarrhea can be bad news for babies, even decades later: A new study has found a correlation between childhood infections and significant shortening of telomeres, a phenomenon that’s linked to the cellular aging process. The findings, published today in … Continue reading

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Scientists use bands and Bing for sleep study

It may not be surprising that lack of sleep leaves you less sharp, but researchers have now quantified the effect with a surprisingly large sample: More than 30,000 people who wear Microsoft’s fitness bands and use Microsoft’s Bing search engine. … Continue reading

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Big data helps scientists solve protein puzzles

Molecular biologists have enlisted cutting-edge trends in genomics and big data to get a grip on one of the grand challenges of biotech: figuring out how protein molecules fold. But they couldn’t have done it without the help of tens … Continue reading

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How wearables told this scientist he was sick

Stanford geneticist Michael Snyder’s research into wearable biosensors has turned into a case study demonstrating the promise of predictive medicine – with Snyder as the star subject. Snyder had himself and 59 other people hooked up with an array of up … Continue reading

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