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Innovative Devices Help Disabled Kids Communicate

A non-verbal boy with multiple disabilities communicated independently for the first time at age 16, using a Hummer, an external neckband device that translates humming sounds into language on a computer. For his first word, he chose the name of his educational assistant, the one who had been helping him for many years. When he […]

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FDA Approves First Rapid Detection Test for MRSA

FDA Clears First Rapid Diagnostic Test for Superbug MRSA

This is my health news story published last spring on GE Healthy Outlook about the first rapid diagnostic test for the highly resistant superbug MRSA. New technology test helps fight infection sooner MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a superbug bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics like methicillin. MRSA emerged in health care settings in the 1960s, but […]

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Get Fit – Global Twitter Competition to Fight Cancer

Last summer, I wrote this story for GE Healthy Outlook about a global twitter competition to fight cancer. Harnessing the power of social media to improve health.  We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, yet the World Health Organization states that more than 30% of cancer could be prevented by modifying or […]

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Stats of the Union

Stats of the Union – GE Healthcare’s New iPad App

There is a mountain of American healthcare data, but how can we put it to good use? Stats of the Union is a new iPad application by GE Healthcare, a powerful new tool to bring health data together in an easy-to-navigate map. Users can explore more than 70 health factors at their fingertips– from life expectancy to […]

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HealthMap Visualizes Global Disease Outbreaks

Where in the world is an infectious disease outbreak occurring right now? Is it in your neighborhood? What is the status of potential pandemics in other countries? This information is only a click away at HealthMap, the leading global data visualization for aggregating infectious disease data on an interactive visual map. You can access HealthMap via […]

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Family Learns Health Secrets Through Genome Sequencing

Breakthrough research in the field of personal genomics. A few years ago, John West suffered two frightening pulmonary embolisms from blood clots that traveled from his leg to his lung.  Up to 600,000 Americans suffer from venous thromboembolism each year, a combination of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and one third of them die as […]

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The Health Benefits of Sleep

The Health Benefits of Sleep

There are many health benefits of sleep, but improving the quantity and quality of sleep can be quite a challenge in a world that values continuous, 24 x 7 x 365 productivity. Sleep is important for learning, memory consolidation, alertness, productivity and mood, whereas sleep deprivation is linked to many chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular […]

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How to Use Your iPad Without Neck Pain

Do you have neck pain from using your iPad? A new study at Harvard School of Public Health found it’s best to use your tablet at a high viewing angle on a table because that keeps your neck and head in the most neutral position. In the study lab, tablet users checked emails, surfed the […]

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