The tech world is built and rewarded on hockey-stick growth, wild valuations, beta launches and speed: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber.When people without medical degrees rely on data from companies that may not have FDA approval, there s a risk that they could make dangerous decisions about their own health.At a recent pitch contest, one founder attempted to sell an idea for an electroencephalogram EEG that provided biofeedback for a chronic medical problem.There may be many reasons for that disconnect, but one indicator of trouble for this company was the lack of any medical professional on the founding team or the board.Without any kind of regulation, this product could be mass-produced, cost investors and consumers millions of dollars, and, even worse, produce inaccurate results about vital health functions.And let s be clear, consumers in mobile health are you, your parents, your children, your spouse and your loved ones.
Dr. Eric Goodman, creator of the Foundation Training program, offers these three no-equipment exercises to help.The exercises The Founder, Lunge Stretch, and an unnamed third one promise to both reduce your back pain as well as improve your posture over time.Goodman helpfully explains the correct technique for each step, as well as exactly which part of your muscle should be feeling stretched or activated when you do a step.It s great at letting you know if you re doing it right or not.Before you start, do note that if you have chronic back pain or are already seeing a physiotherapist, you should check with them first.You might also want to start with this other wall-based posture-correction exercise, which is simpler to do than Goodman s methods.
Some scientists say this unnatural position can lead to pain, headaches and other symptoms, sometimes collectively called text neck.If you already have pain, there may be a benefit if you use something like this in conjunction with an exercise program that strengthens neck muscles and muscles stabilizing the head, says Alan S. Hilibrand, professor of spinal surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.The extra force results in more load on discs, which can eventually degenerate and lead to chronic neck pain, says study co-author Kenneth K. Hansraj, a cervical surgeon in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.Technological reminders, such as the Alex and the Text Neck Indicator, can help raise awareness about good posture, adds Dr. Hansraj, who has no link to Dr. Fishman or Namu.In testing the Alex, I liked that I could adjust the neck tilt the device considered bad, which allowed me to set reasonable goals.Craning your neck occasionally isn t a bad thing, but it is best for the body to move and change positions often, says Eric K. Robertson, director of graduate physical therapy education for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and a spokesman for the American Physical Therapy Association.
Far more serious injuries can sometimes occur, like deep vein thrombosis, the dangerous clotting of blood in veins of the limbs from lack of movement - it is now believed that DVT afflicts more computer users than airline travelers.While it is easy to say that myopia is caused by children spending more time with the computer, it has been proven that the occurrence of the disease is also strongly associated with decreased time spent outdoors.For example, there seems to be a connection between screen time and sleep quality.While there are proponents and opponents to including internet-addiction and tech-addiction to the list of mental disorders, the international mental health encyclopedia called Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV has included Internet-use disorder as a condition recommended for further study in its May 2013 edition.Researchers have indeed found that long-term Internet addiction results in alterations in the brain structure, which could contribute to chronic dysfunction in subjects with Internet Addiction Disorder.The mental health implications of social media is another iceberg whose tip we have just managed to scrape.
Glucose metabolism in the brain in patients with chronic disorders of unconsciousness.As described in the latest edition of Current Biology, a readily available test that measures the amount of glucose sugar that s being consumed by the brain can be used to help doctors tell the difference between patients in a full-on coma and those with partial or hidden signs of awareness.For the most part, patients in a coma have lost their thinking abilities and are oblivious to their surroundings.But those in a so-called vegetative state often give the impression of someone who is emerging from a coma.Unlike a patient in a full coma, they re in a state of partial arousal, but still lack full awareness.Patients with a glucose metabolism below 42 percent of normal activity appeared to be fully unconscious and never recovered consciousness after a year.
A new study conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program published Thursday found a relatively small increase in cancer among rats who were exposed to the same variety of radiation that cell phones emit.According to The Wall Street Journal, Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study.Levinovitz tweeted an epic missive about responsible health journalism here s the rant in its entirety :It contributes to the kind of science illiteracy that @motherjones laments in other areas.And when you sit around wondering why some people are SCARED TO VACCINATE CHILDREN, think about the f-ing headline you just ran 5/n— Alan Levinovitz @AlanLevinovitz May 27, 2016Levinovitz told HuffPost that he was especially put off by Mother Jones subhed It s the moment we ve all been dreading, and by the art that accompanied the article.They certainly don t click through to the study.The general public doesn t have these resources at its disposal.
A big new study just linked cell phones to cancer — though really, there's nothing to freak out about for now.The study talks about rats and didn't actually show that cell phones are making cancer more likely in people.But sometimes it seems like everything might cause cancer, doesn't it?Short-term exposure "may result in irritation and burning of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin in humans," and " h eadaches, malaise, confusion, and nervous irritation" have also been observed, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA ."Chronic long-term exposure of workers to caprolactam has been observed to cause peeling of the hands and some eye, nose, and throat irritation," the EPA says.The majority of substances IARC has evaluated — a full 501 of them — fall under Group 3, meaning they just can't be classified as to their abilities to cause cancer in humans.Substances fall into this category if there's not enough evidence to say that they cause cancer or probably don't cause cancer — the old "more research is needed" rationale.But pretty much everything else either possibly causes cancer cell phone use, pickles, coffee ; probably causes cancer red meat, frying food, working as a hairdresser ; or definitely causes cancer smoking, drinking booze, being exposed to either the sun or to radioactive materials in nuclear weapons .There are a couple of things that are important to note here.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.More from Tech Insider:Scientists only know one kind of person who can tickle themselvesSorry Merriam-Webster, the hot dog is not a sandwichYoga pants contain the only known substance that 'probably' does not cause cancerThe upcoming Echo-like Apple TV might be able to watch you with a camera AAPL Jawbone has stopped producing its fitness trackers and sold the remaining inventory to a third partyNOW WATCH: Here's how much radiation you're exposed to in everyday lifeLoading video...
StemCells, a Bay Area biotech company, is winding down operations after the failure of clinical trials for a stem-cell treatment for spinal cord injury.The results of the clinical trials, which were underway, did not justify continuing the study considering StemCells limited financial resources, the company said in a press release Tuesday.We are extremely disappointed with the results of our Pathway Study, which we had hoped to be the first clinical program involving cellular transplantation to meaningfully improve motor function in patients with chronic spinal cord injury, Ian Massey, president and CEO, said in a statement.The company s shares plunged 80 percent to about 60 cents Tuesday.StemCells said it has about $5.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, and that it is possible that there will be no liquidating distribution to stockholders.The Newark-based company said it would look to sell its intellectual property and other assets.It is still scheduled to present data from its Pathway Study next month.In addition, Dr. Irv Weissman, a director and co-founder, said the company would try to find someone else to find a party able to continue the development of this very promising technology, which is so important not only for current and future patients with these devastating diseases, but also for the field of brain stem and progenitor cell therapies.
Disrupt NY 2015 Startup Battlefield participant Wellth thinks it has found a solution to this problem, a mobile-first platform that actually pays people to embrace healthier habits.Wellth focuses on the costly chronic diseases — like asthma, type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure — and actually gives money to users who do things like taking their daily medications or regularly tracking things like their weight or blood glucose levels.Users track these actions either via a picture or a connected device.Based on promising pilot results, Wellth recently raised a $2 million seed round led by AXA Strategic Ventures.We re excited to see what s next for Wellth, and whether the company will be successful in its mission to ensure the adoption and success of value-based healthcare.Disrupt SF 2016 takes place September 12-14 at the lovely Pier 48, and we can t wait to see you and your awesome startup there!
Many assume that the technology is limited to gaming or entertainment, while others look down on the trend, claiming it will turn us into anti-social, isolated robots.But the members of Rabbit Hole VR are the evangelists of Silicon Valley's latest fad."VR is one of those things where people can go from being curious about it, to it changing their life's path really quickly when they realize how relevant it is," says Aashna Mago, looking up from her laptop during a recent Rabbit Hole VR meeting I attended.Mago, like many of her peers, stumbled into a love affair with virtual reality.It also sparks innovation.Many students come to Rabbit Hole VR because they have a content idea, but lack the tools to pursue it."Current student-led projects include a virtual reality experience that makes physical therapy more comfortable for children suffering from chronic pain, and an app that turns your smartphone into a VR controller.Anna Yelizarova, a soon-to-be computer science graduate, is tackling an untraditional summer project before embarking on her graduate studies at Stanford.She'll be traveling the world and shooting 360-degree videos along the way.Yelizarova recently launched an "immersive travel blog" called Follow the White Rabbit, where she'll post weekly episodes and tutorials.Yelizarova will leave for Iceland in June and return to the states in early September, ending her journey at Burning Man.Other members of Rabbit Hole VR have also taken on ambitious projects — and wound up with pretty stacked résumés.Last summer, Korman worked on product design at an internship at Magic Leap, a company developing a mysterious, impressive-looking "mixed-reality headset" that has raised over $1 billion from high-profile investors like Google and Alibaba.Mago took a leave of absence from Stanford in 2015 to accept a full-time position at Rothenberg Ventures, where she helped launch an in-house virtual reality content studio.Others have worked in the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford and the University of Southern California's prestigious Institute for Creative Technologies.Not every member plans to make virtual reality their life's work, in fact, most don't.
Yesterday, June 1 government launched its focus on strategic collaboration programs. The contractors are also expected to contribute, even if it was quite a few of them among the official costumes of the old banking hall at Malmtorgsgatan. And so it has been put together five cooperation programs addressing these challenges: The next generation of travel and transport smart cities Circular biobased economy Life science Connected industry and new materials And, as you write: It's about new ways to travel, live, do business, live, communicate and protect and preserve the earth's resources and ecosystems. If smart cities with the help of new technologies can become self-sufficient, if life sciences yes, if we ate as we would could care engage in broken bones and avoid large amounts of the chronic diseases that devour all the resources and offline industrial / smart materials what happens when food becomes offline and we can follow and understand it? Unbeknown instead to the new food strategy that a number of officials now sit and sweat of the Ministry of Industry. We must hope that it delivers when it is launched, hopefully before the summer field.
ColourboxNegative interest rates, protracted and chronic housing shortage has received in the Swedish housing prices skyrocketed and debt by Swedish families.Nordea, the country's central bank monetary policy has helped push up mortgage costs by 25 percent over the last 18 months, but for the new loan, the applicant offered to the interest rates has stalled.Debt is however so large, that the Swedish financial supervisor would like to set the household loan ceiling of 600% in revenue.the most Recent data according to the new mortgage loans to beneficiaries of more than 600 per cent gearing ratio in percentage seems to rise 26 percent.the Swedish Finansinspektionenin director Erik thedee, I hope that the bank would first apply more stringent loan criteria."Vulnerability is considerable, if the debt-to-income ratio is 600, 700 or even 800%", Thedee said Bloomberg.
This year's presentation clocked in at more than 200 slides and covers search is changing, the impact of messaging apps, and the future of transportation.In tribute, investment banker Terence Kawaja, the CEO of LUMA Partners, released a parody video on Wednesday, set to "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.Kawaja is well-known for his business-related internet memes and comedy videos — his last toasted ad tech company Millennial Media's acquisition of Nexage and was titled "Spend the Dough," set to "Let it Go," from Disney's "Frozen."His latest comedy rap touches upon Meeker's actual presentation of the slide deck itself, at Recode's Code Conference, Snapchat, Yahoo, Twitter, Elon Musk, and mobile.Kawaja told us: "This was so so hard to do — dual simultaneous asynchronous asymmetrical rhyme schemes.I have a new found respect for rap, especially Eminem!"Here are the full lyrics:Look, if you had, one shot or one opportunityTo convey Mark Meeker s internet trends deck to millennialsWould you capture it, or just let it slip?YoHer voice is steady, well dressed, she is readyThere s charts and graphs already, the deck s headyShe s confident, and on the surface she looks calm and ready to drop slidesBut she keeps on forgetting the deck she packedThe whole crowd is so raptShe shows a new slide, but folks can t adaptShe shows a new slide, but folks can t adaptShe s talking fast, everybody s eyes are glassedThe deck is vast, time s ticking past!Snap s the new reality, it s verticalityOh there goes Evan, he soldSome more shares, despite marks at Fidelity, noIt s not Facebook, he knows the only route to the doughIs getting ad dollar flowsIt s not rockets on dronesOr self-driving round conesThen she goes back to the mobile phone, that s when it sBack to Apple again, yoThis whole rhapsodyShe better capture this moment and hope it don t pass herYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaHer heart is racing, cause this talk they are tapingThis room is hers for the takingIt s ka-ching, as we move toward a new world orderAnalog s days are over, with smart mobile phones getting largerThe phone s a non-starter without a chargerBut it s getting harder, to launch a new startupBoast to toast show s it s mostly about productYahoo sold, the news is oldEven Jack knows the Street can get chronicTwo CEOs in one person s chaoticBut hold your nose cause here is what s ironicElon has three and his stock s super sonicThat just means that he has shown the prosHe chose roles like big rocketsAnd as at the Hyperloop doze and aroseI suppose it s not modest but the beat goes onDa da dum da dum da da da daYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaYou can attend every year if you want to, manNOW WATCH: This 14-year-old makes up to $1,500 a night eating dinner in front of a webcam in South KoreaLoading video...
This year's presentation clocked in at more than 200 slides and covers search is changing, the impact of messaging apps, and the future of transportation.Kawaja is well-known for his business-related internet memes and comedy videos — his last toasted ad tech company Millennial Media's acquisition of Nexage and was titled "Spend the Dough," set to "Let it Go," from Disney's "Frozen."His latest comedy rap touches upon Meeker's actual presentation of the slide deck itself, at Recode's Code Conference, Snapchat, Yahoo, Twitter, Elon Musk, and mobile.Here are the full lyrics:Look, if you had, one shot or one opportunityTo convey Mark Meeker s internet trends deck to millennialsWould you capture it, or just let it slip?YoHer voice is steady, well dressed, she is readyThere s charts and graphs already, the deck s headyShe s confident, and on the surface she looks calm and ready to drop slidesBut she keeps on forgetting the deck she packedThe whole crowd is so raptShe shows a new slide, but folks can t adaptShe shows a new slide, but folks can t adaptShe s talking fast, everybody s eyes are glassedThe deck is vast, time s ticking past!Snap s the new reality, it s verticalityOh there goes Evan, he soldSome more shares, despite marks at Fidelity, noIt s not Facebook, he knows the only route to the doughIs getting ad dollar flowsIt s not rockets on dronesOr self-driving round conesThen she goes back to the mobile phone, that s when it sBack to Apple again, yoThis whole rhapsodyShe better capture this moment and hope it don t pass herYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaHer heart is racing, cause this talk they are tapingThis room is hers for the takingIt s ka-ching, as we move toward a new world orderAnalog s days are over, with smart mobile phones getting largerThe phone s a non-starter without a chargerBut it s getting harder, to launch a new startupBoast to toast show s it s mostly about productYahoo sold, the news is oldEven Jack knows the Street can get chronicTwo CEOs in one person s chaoticBut hold your nose cause here is what s ironicElon has three and his stock s super sonicThat just means that he has shown the prosHe chose roles like big rocketsAnd as at the Hyperloop doze and aroseI suppose it s not modest but the beat goes onDa da dum da dum da da da daYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaYou otta schmooze yourself at the conference, the momentYou own it, you better never miss a Code Code You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to knowThis opportunity comes at TerraneaYou can attend every year if you want to, manSee Also:
We are thrilled that the FDA has cleared the Cerêve Sleep System for treating people with insomnia, states Eric Nofzinger, M.D., a board-certified sleep physician and the company s founder.Results from polysomnographic sleep measurements of subjects in sleep labs the gold standard for evaluating sleep showed a statistically significant reduction in latency to Stage 1 sleep, the time it takes to get into the first stage of sleep, as well as latency to Stage 2 sleep.With seven issued and nineteen pending patents, the Cerêve System is comprised of a software- controlled bedside device that cools and pumps fluid to a forehead pad that is worn through the night.We are working hard to bring our new technology to market to relieve the suffering experienced by those with chronic insomnia, states Craig Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer.The importance of sleep as a vital pillar of health along with diet and exercise is ever increasing, and current therapeutic options available to physicians and insomnia patients are limited.Wickwire, Shaya and Sharf: Health economics of insomnia treatments: The return on investment for a good night s sleep Sleep Medicine Reviews, Volume 30, December 2016, Pages 72-82 Chong Y, Fryar CD, Gu Q.
Julius has hundreds of samples; boxes upon boxes of vials milked from spiders, snakes, scorpions, and the occasional platypus.Many of those toxins are knotted strings of amino acids that nestle into some specific nook of a pain receptor—a terrible case of things fitting perfectly into other things, but useful for pinpointing locations on nerve cells that feel certain types of pain.Now, Julius and his coauthors have published the latest results of their search in today s Nature.They isolated two kinds of toxins from the venom of a tarantula called Heteroscodra maculata, and discovered it causes mechanical pain.Molecular structures on the membranes of neurons that allow those cells to send electrical signals—bzzt!They test every new venom they get by applying each to mice and rat nerve cells in a dish.
The finding—if validated in human studies—may help scientists unravel the complexity of pain perceptions and point to new ways to block the debilitating sensation.Mechanical sensitization is just one way our nerve cells detect pain—the type of pain one might feel while being pinched, squeezed, or pierced with fangs.There s also chemical pain, such as that from eating a spicy pepper or being exposed to chemical weapons; thermal pain, felt during exposure to extreme heat or cold; and polymodal pain, brought on by an intense mix of those other types.Previous research found that three Nav ion channels in particular seemed to be important in pain perception: Nav1.7, Nav1.8, and Nav1.9.In mouse experiments, injections of either toxin into a paw caused the mice to lick and bite the afflicted tootsies—a behavioral response to pain.Previous research had shown that some people with IBS are hypersensitive to mechanical pain in their abdomens and that this may play a role in chronic pain from the gut condition—perhaps Nav1.1 is involved, the researchers hypothesized.
Over 500 people turned out to the TechCrunch Meetup Pitch-Off in Stockholm last night, at a venue over-looking one of the most beautiful views in the world: The Stockhom city hall and bay.It describes itself thus: Peppy Pals is an award-winning EdTech platform developing fun, educational games and books nurturing children s Emotional Intelligence EQ .Our games have been featured by Amazon and Google globally.A tool to help you map and understand how it all fits together, so that you can focus on making the right choices.It finds you the best leads out of millions of companies and tells you when it s the right time to contact them.Workaround Workaround makes it super easy to use the entire city as your office by digitalizing the processes of renting and sub-letting vacant office space.
Anyone looking for Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to break out a new iPhone may be a little disappointed.But, it s possible that Cook may still talk about what s inside the iPhone.And what s going to be inside at least some iPhones may be about to come from Intel.It would be a big coup for Intel to have its modems inside of the iPhone, as the chipmaker has made mobility one of its areas of emphasis to replace a declining PC market.Bloomberg reported that Apple plans on using the Intel chips in the next version of the iPhone running on AT s network in the U.S., and in some international markets.The victory for Intel will be a partial one.In a statement, Gawker never mentioned Thiel by name, but anyone who has read anything about the Hogan case of late couldn t miss where Gawker was targeting these comments Gawker Media Group is putting its properties up for sale after a coordinated barrage of lawsuits intended to put the company out of business and deter its writers from offering critical coverage.Afferent specializes in a drug that s being tested for providing relief from certain types of chronic coughing conditionsBottom Of The Lineup:Here s a look at how some leading Silicon Valley stocks did Friday…Movin On Up: Rovi shares rose almost 2 percent, and other small gains came from Zynga, Viavi Solutions, Imperva and Servicesource International.In The Red: Decliners included Sunpower, QuinStreet, SolarCity, Verifone Systems and GoPro.The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.3 percent to 4,894.The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped by 0.7 percent to 17,865And the broad-based Standard & Poor s 500 Index shed almost 1 percent to end the week at 2,096.Quote Of The Day:  I never let my schooling interfere with my education.— Mark Twain.Sign up for the 60-Second Business Break newsletter at www.siliconvalley.com.Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 Plus S during a media event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Sept. 9, 2015, in San Francisco.
The New York-based biotech company has expertise in stem cells and organ regeneration, and has brought these skills to bear on wound care.One of the company s most promising methods uses a literal skin gun to spray skin stem cells on a burn or chronic wound to promote rapid healing.When state trooper Matthew Uram was burned in an unfortunate bonfire accident, he chose this experimental treatment and was entirely healed from his second-degree burns in four days.A technology like the skin gun that could promote complete healing in a matter of days would represent a clear advance.RenovaCare s skin gun is still in the developmental stage and has not been approved by the FDA for sale in the United States, so you won t be able to find it on the shelves of burn units quite yet.The company is making progress towards that goal, however, and has recently announced a successful round of testing that shows its gun is capable of dispersing the skin cell liquid in a very uniform and dense manner.
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