Diseases

Washington Post Conference Highlights Progress in American Healthcare

At a recent Washington Post medical conference, entrepreneurs, doctors and health experts acknowledged American healthcare's serious problems. But they also agreed that tech can dramatically transform healthcare. A panoply of innovations are underway. Philips CEO...

Why We Still Can’t Rely on Genomic Medicine

Genomic medicine may have hit the mainstream, but new genetic information will continually be discovered. And there remain extensive limitations to the value of the information that genetic tests can give you. How soon will...

Why Tuberculosis Persists

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges. Amazingly, one of every three people in the world is infected. Why it persists: political leaders do not understand its sociology; scientists lack effective paradigms to attack...

Infectious Diseases Really Are Out to Get You

Infectious disease outbreaks are occurring more often and with more complex infection patterns, making them harder to treat. While this is a very scary reality, new approaches to diagnosis, treatment and preparation for epidemics hold...

Unlocking Healthcare’s Data

We need technology to bring new solutions to global healthcare. And the potential of the Internet of Things is just beginning. Computing power, miniaturization, mobile, big data, the cloud, and social networks are driving this...

Thanks to Social Media, Rare Progress on Rare Diseases

Progress in rare diseases has always been painfully slow, partly because so few are affected that study is challenging. Now, with social media, patients are able to band together, giving critical mass to efforts like...

How an Entrepreneur Tackled a Rare Disease: A Conversation with Matt Wilsey

Matt and Kristen Wilsey consulted more than 100 doctors and scientists to identify their daughter Grace’s rare disease, persisting when suggested diagnoses didn’t seem quite right or when doctors had no answers at all. Finally...

National Academy of Sciences Wades into CRISPR-Cas9 Debate

In response to growing concerns about the potential application of CRISPR-Cas9 technology, the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine are convening an international summit this fall to “explore the scientific, ethical, and...

Texting to Stop Ebola: African Telecoms Launch SMS Fundraiser

In the fight against Ebola, African telecoms are asking cell phone users to text to save lives. Partnering with the African Union Commission, 41 telecommunications companies across the continent have launched the “United Against Ebola”...

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