p The NHS has a rotten reputation when it comes to technology.At Davos in January last year, NHS England CEO Simon Stevens announced seven innovation testbeds that will take a different approach to tackling the impending health crisis.Two of the testbeds focused on Internet of Thingstechnology, with Surrey and Borders partnership NHS Foundation Trust using smart devices to help people with dementia stay at home longer and West of England's Academic Health Science Network developing a diabetes digital coach.The other five testbeds weren't as prescriptive: in North East London and in Lancashire and Cumbria, testbeds were looking to support older people with dementia; Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS was working with Google's Verily on prediction and prevention techniques; Sheffield was looking to help people with diabetes, hypertension and other long-term condition treat themselves at home; and the Birmingham and Solihull project was developing tools for managing mental health.That's only expected to increase as demographics skew older, with the number of people 75 or older up by 89 per cent since the mid 1970s.As long term illnesses affect more people – as of 2013, there were 3.2 million people with diabetes – that's expected to increase to four million within the decade.
Scientific research has propelled humanity forward throughout the course of the modern era, and now, technology may have found a way to catalyze this progress even further with a new tool that allows researchers to recruit, engage, and retain their human participants.With the on-demand service industry already booming, a new secure online platform called Proofpilot is allowing study participants to browse research studies, contribute to research, earn rewards for completing study tasks, and learn about new prevention, wellness, and health optimization techniques.The proposed ProofPilot solution involves creating a blog post that serves as both the creation and deployment of a research study.Heralded as a method that employs the $100 billion serviceable market industry to address the $25 billion research industry, ProofPilot believes that its key to success lies in its ability to lower the barrier of entry to getting a study off the ground.Founded in 2013 by Matthew Amsden, ProofPilot hopes to address the fact that of the 25,000 registered clinical trials that take place per year, 97 percent fail to end on time.I became increasingly frustrated that insightful health and social innovations were getting lost because it was too expensive to test whether something really worked, said Amsden.
Shift Technology, a software-as-a-service SaaS platform that leans on artificial intelligence AI to help companies combat insurance fraud, has raised $10 million in a round led by Accel, with participation from existing investors Iris Capital and Elaia Partners.Founded out of Paris in 2013, Shift Technology taps machine learning smarts to combat insurance fraud, using what it calls a decision support platform that automates the process of detecting fraud and helps humans prioritize which cases to follow-up on.As with most machine-learning systems, Shift Technology promises to improve over time by tapping user feedback and additional data.The company claims to have processed more than 50 million claims for insurers around the world since it was launched in 2014.Shift Technology is the latest machine-learning startup to raise significant capital — back in April, Twiggle raised $12.5 million to challenge Amazon s A9 ecommerce search engine, while X.ai nabbed $23 million to launch an AI personal assistant.But Shift Technology represents a growing trend, specifically in the funding of fraud-detection startups.And just last month, Forter closed a $32 million round to bring automated real-time fraud-prevention technology to online retailers.By focusing on the specific requirements of the insurance industry, we have been able to build a unique platform that helps the industry fight fraud more efficiently, said Jeremy Jawish, CEO and cofounder of Shift Technology.Today s news represents Shift Technology s first significant funding, following a $1.8 million seed round back in 2014.
Today, Google has announced its new Daydream mobile VR technology, the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance warns that drastic measures are required to avoid mass deaths caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Zika virus may reach Europe this summer and more.Google announces new Daydream VR headsetGoogle has announced Daydream VR, a new virtual reality headset and development standard that'll work with the forthcoming generation of Android N phones The Verge .Report: Superbugs will kill one human every three seconds by 2050A new report by the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance warns that without intervention, by 2050, one person will die every three seconds as a result of antibiotic-resistant superbugs BBC .The review recommends a huge global awareness campaign to inform people of the risks, selective bans on antibiotic use in agriculture, a bounty for the discovery of new antibiotics and the promotion of various methods of disease prevention.Nintendo to branch out into medical devices, restaurants and computer softwareNintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has announced that the company intends to expand its business purposes to cover new areas, including computer software, alongside its existing console and mobile offerings Gamasutra .Following fantastic events in 2013, 2014 and 2015, this one-day conference returns on June 23, 2016.
There is a healthy trend in Sweden. The corresponding figure rises to 52 percent for ages of 21 through 30. And 59 percent say they do not even know if they visit a fake page. These pages can then hijack your credit card, install spam or malware according Christoffer Callender at Intel Security. According to the latest statistics from the National Crime Prevention Council, computer fraud one of the types of crime that increased the most last year. In order not to get hurt recommend Intel Security themselves to keep their software updated, use strong passwords and not rely on miracle cures and ads that might sound a little too good to be true.
Let s take a look at some popular bots and see how they hold up against these heuristics.Up to this point, I forgot I was conversing with a bot; now my innocence is lost.Anyways, let s keep going and say Yea.I get the weather along with the next CTA; I don t want to set any notifications for now, but thanks for asking, Poncho.This is just a fantastic job of providing inline documentation, and Poncho even prompted me to ask for this help.However, this already feels less like a conversation and more like a command line.While the CNN bot is definitely not something I d want to have a beer with, that works in its favor when it comes to guiding my actions; I m more inclined to treat it like a command line and less like a pal.Other than having it give me stories, it s unclear what I can do with this bot.It seems to rely too much on accepting interactions via structured message, and Ask cnn doesn t really do much.This bot gets the job done, but it s a tad underwhelming.These go a long way toward grounding the user in the experience.Crafting a compelling, delightful bot experience is going to be a key differentiator between the bots that see adoption and those that don t. Nielsen s heuristics continue to provide a great benchmark to point us in the right direction.A version of this post appeared on Medium.com.Kevin Scott is a desingineer, half human/half bot.
Credit: Martyn WilliamsFrench police have raided Google's Paris office as part of an investigation into the company's tax affairs.The raid began at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Paris time, according to local newspaper Le Parisien, and involved five public prosecutors, 25 computer experts, and investigators from the French tax office and the Central Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Financial and Tax Crimes OCLCIFF , the public prosecutors' office told local media.French prosecutors began investigating Google's finances last June, following allegations from the tax authorities that the company was involved in serious tax fraud.Directing profit to a low-tax jurisdiction by having a subsidiary there send out invoices is not necessarily illegal, if there is some justification for the transfer.In January, Google came under fire when it agreed to pay £130 million US$186 million in back taxes in the U.K. in settlement of a 10-year investigation there.It's not just Google that has felt the wrath of French tax investigators: In 2012 almost 100 tax and police officials raided a Microsoft office on the outskirts of Paris following the discovery at another company of invoices from Microsoft's Irish subsidiary for services officials believed were performed in France by staff of its French subsidiary.
Automatic number plate recognition - or ANPR - technology uses cameras to scan number plates and log car journeys.All records are kept for two years.Video: Number Plate SurveillanceThe Information Commissioner's Office has raised concerns over these new figures.ANPR was originally introduced in Northern Ireland for counter terrorism operations.Since then, the number of records has swelled, from 35 million records in 2006, to 7.6 billion records in 2010, to more than 22 billion in 2015.Instead, they gave this statement: "The Automatic Number Plate Recognition system is a valuable source of intelligence and evidence for police in the prevention and detection of crime.
Unified Threat Management UTM was coined by IDC to describe a product integrating several security features into a single appliance.The company is headquartered in Seattle, with officers across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.There is a basic colour code to simplify the alerts system; green indicates everything is fine, orange a warning and red that something needs immediate attention.There is also a security heartbeat widget which indicates the health status of all endpoints managed within the Sophos Cloud.Systems that may be infected will show up as yellow or red.Cyberoam claims to offer some of the fastest UTM appliances, with up to 5 times the industry average throughputs.
In a world where everything from your TV to your thermostat has become smart, why not give the little things an IQ — like your pill bottle?San Francisco startup Circadian Design on Wednesday begins taking pre-orders for its new connected pill bottles that remind users to take their medicine, and automatically order a refill when they run out.The bottles light up when it s time to take a pill, per a schedule the user sets with the Round Health mobile app.They also track each time the lid is opened to take a dose.It s totally seamless from the user s perspective, said co-founder Matt Blum.The service, called Round Refill, builds on the medication reminder app Blum s team launched in January.By adding the smart pill bottle, Blum hopes to help users better follow their doctors instructions, and thereby improve their health.Blum was inspired to create the service while he was a hardware engineer at Apple struggling to remember to take the pills he needed to treat his Crohn s Disease.More than 160 million people in the U.S. prescribed to take one or more drug per year by their doctor, he said, but more than half don t follow their doctor s dosage instructions.Circadian Design is one of a growing numbers of companies venturing into the world of on-demand mobile health care.San Francisco-based Nurx uses an app to deliver birth control and HIV prevention medication to a patient s front door — no doctor s visit required.Doctor on Demand, also based in San Francisco, lets patients video chat with doctors on their phones.Blum expects to begin shipping the Round Refill smart bottles throughout California early next year, at a cost of $10 per month, plus the typical co-pay for the medication.
CDC/Library of Medicine A professor in the United Kingdom has used a creative way to measure the dramatic, dark legacy of the Black Death in England: analyzing old pottery shards.After analyzing the results, the researchers found a significant decline in pottery shards: a 45 percent decrease from the time period before the plague to after it.Related: Scientists unearth 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipeThe research was led by Carenza Lewis, a professor and archaeologist at the University of Lincoln in England.She said that one of the problems with figuring out how many people died from the plague is a lack of evidence.This new research offers a novel solution to that evidential challenge, using finds of pottery – a highly durable indicator of human presence - as a proxy for population change in a manner that is both scalable and replicable, Lewis said in a statement.This supports the emerging consensus that the population of England remained somewhere between 35 and 55 per cent below its pre-Black Death level well into the sixteenth century.
Obesity Statistics 2016There are more tools now at the disposal of people trying to lose weight and get in shape than there have ever been in the past.But unhealthy food is also more abundant than ever before, and the number of Americans who lead a sedentary lifestyle continues to grow.Unfortunately, not all Americans have found the motivation to shed excess weight and improve their health — according to the CDC s most recent National Health Interview Survey, America has never been more obese than it is right now.It charts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention s annual obesity findings taken from its latest National Health Interview Survey.The survey polls American adults on a wide range of health questions and compiles the results to paint a picture of the current state of health in America.The CDC polled 100,000 adult Americans in 2015 and used that data to determine that about 30.4% of adults aged 20 and older are obese, meaning they have a Body Mass Index BMI of 30 or greater.
Image: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionEarlier this month, a frightening report warned of an antibiotic-resistant superbug which might kill as many as 10 million people worldwide by 2050.According to a study published today by the American Society for Microbiology, a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman had a strain of E. coli that did not respond to the antibiotic colistin, which is a powerful drug-of-last-resort for treating particularly stubborn infections.The CDC is investigating the source of the superbug.There are alternatives to antibiotics, like strains of predatory bacteria that are currently being tested by DARPA, or, surprisingly, more powerful superbugs.But it s widely agreed among experts that the antibiotic apocalypse is impending.It basically shows us that the end of the road isn t very far away for antibiotics — that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive-care units, or patients getting urinary tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics, CDC Director Tom Frieden told the Washington Post.
The bacteria, discovered last month in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman with a urinary tract infection, contains a gene known as mcr-1, making it resistant even to colistin, a decades-old antibiotic that has increasingly been used as a treatment of last resort against dangerous superbugs.The fear is that this could spread to other bacteria and create the bacterium that would be resistant to everything, Dr. Beth Bell, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, told ABC News.The more we look at drug resistance, the more concerned we are, Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, said Thursday.This particular colistin-resistant strain, for instance, was first discovered in people and livestock in China in November 2015.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday it had detected the bacteria in a single sample of a domestic pig s intestine.When it comes to spreading resistant bacteria, food-producing animals are of particular concern, the CDC says.
Her doctor would have never prescribed that last-resort antibiotic for a routine urinary tract infection—it can cause serious kidney damage.But her doctor did take a urine sample, which ended up at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where researchers had recently started testing for colistin resistance.It first emerged last year when Chinese researchers found it in samples from hospital patients and raw pork.The Food and Drug Administration issued a guidance last year for farms to phase out medically important antibiotics, though only voluntarily.There s no organized infrastructure to get a good handle about resistance rates across communities, says Kalpana Gupta, an infectious disease specialist at Boston University.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now following up with the woman in Philadelphia to find out she ended up with that colistin-strain of E. coli, which has never been found in the US before.
To help your doctor better assess your overall health, measure your waist size too.A big waist size matters because, even if you re not overweight or have a low BMI, it could indicate you have more fat stored around your abdominals, so-called abdominal obesity .According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the guidelines that put you at higher risk of obesity-related conditions:A man whose waist circumference is more than 40 inchesA non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inchesTo find out your waist circumference, use a measuring tape get it from a drug or fabric store and wrap it around your belly button.Consider taking these measurements first thing in the morning, after using the bathroom, and without a shirt on to keep measurements as accurate as possible.Make sure that the tape is horizontal across your waist and that it s not pulling tightly on your skin.Some say measuring waist-to-hip ratio is better, but Harvard School of Public Health Obesity Prevention Source noted their research showed that waist size alone and waist-to-hip ratio measurements were both equally effective.
Last year, Consumer Reports named the top three repellents from their tests but kept the full rankings under wraps for subscribers.Now, to help people who need to fend off Zika, they ve released the rest for free.The top three on this year s list are Sawyer Fisherman s Formula with 20% picaridin, Ben s Wilderness Formula with 30% DEET, and Repel s 30% Lemon Eucalyptus—a nice sampler of different active ingredients that are all effective against mosquitoes and safe in pregnancy.One cool thing about the full data is that you can see how each repellent fared against three different groups of bloodsuckers: Aedes mosquitoes, which live in warmer climates and can carry viruses like Zika, dengue, and yellow fever; Culex mosquitoes, which live throughout the US and can carry West Nile virus; and deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease.If your favorite repellent isn t on the list, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you re still well-prepared if you use any EPA-registered repellent.All of those have convinced the EPA that they are effective, but they might not repel mosquitoes for as long as Consumer Reports top choices.
Although changes in brain chemistry have been linked to Alzheimer s, scientists have yet to determine an exact cause, let alone a cure.But prevention may be in sight thanks to the work of researchers from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi and Dr. Robert Moir, reports New Scientist.Collections of plaque made from a sticky protein called beta amyloid has previously been correlated with Alzheimer s, and led some scientists to think that the build-up may inhibit cell-to-cell signaling or trigger inflammation that causes immune system cells to attack surrounding cells.For example, as beta amyloid s sticky plaque collects and kills bacteria, it also causes inflammation and blockages when the body doesn t dispose of the trapped matter efficiently enough.This plaque interferes with surrounding neurons and causes them to malfunction or die.More research is needed before any concrete conclusions can be drawn, but the experimental evidence suggests that vaccines might be a powerful weapon in the war against Alzheimers.
The probe has been underway for about half a year now, and concerns the widespread series of illnesses resulting from E. coli O121.It is possible the outbreak is linked to some of General Mills flour brands, including Signature Kitchen sold in some grocery stores, Wondra flour and the most commonly known Gold Medal flour.According to the CDC, about half of the 38 affected individuals had done some baking befor getting sick, with some of them having used General Mills flour, and some of them having eaten raw batters or doughs made with the flours.The European Space Agency has announced that its Rosetta probe has detected some of these building blocks of life within the dust and gas that surrounds Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.The ESA says among the key organic compounds that Rosetta discovered are phosphorus, which is a component of DNA, and the amino acid glycine, which is used to make proteins."Having found glycine in more than one comet shows that neither Wild 2 nor 67P are exceptions," said lead researcher Kathrin Altwegg, adding that Rosetta's discovery backs up the theory that amino acids are commonly found "in regions of the universe where stars and planets have formed."
This month, Facebook urged users to register to vote by providing a link from its platform to the secretary of state's website.Change can be slow, as the case of Jonathan Padilla illustrates.Allpoint, co-founded by Democratic political strategist Jude Barry, transmits a person's touch-screen signature to a remote robotic pen, which writes that signature in ink on a paper version of the form.She's not allowed to consider other factors, such as whether a technology is legit or not.The state argues that candidate Padilla violated the California Election Code, which says signatures should be "personally affixed" on nomination forms.Allpoint is a "novel, untested and unregulated digital technology" that raises concerns about "voter privacy, fraud prevention and integrity of the electoral process," the state's court papers say.
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