wellness

Now that we can measure everything, do you feel you’re not measuring up?

First it was steps, then sleep, but now tech is measuring what you say, how you say it, and whether or not people like it. It all has dystopian impact.

McKibben Prods Bill Gates to Go Further

What we’re reading this week: Environmentalist Bill McKibben unpacks apparent contradictions in Gates’ new climate book, critiquing his lack of political engagement. NASA aims to answer a question David Bowie asked in 1973. And apps...

The Beauty Industry Bows to the Pandemic Beast

Tech is reshaping the beauty industry in its own image, turning it more reliant on screens, AI, AR, and personalization. Here are some changes, from the mundane to the sublime, we can expect to linger...

In U.S. Health Care, New Approaches to Wellness Take Shape

The new shift incentivizes doctors to focus on preventative health care—keeping patients healthy, so they only visit clinics when necessary. And the shift is changing how doctors work.

Tech Startups Build Tools for Wellness

Technology now allows us to monitor, promote, augment, and manage our well-being. Analyst Owyang pioneers here a new chart that outlines the entire industry, which is of impressive size already. Digitized low-cost technologies will make...

Huffington at Techonomy Health: Putting JPMorgan Chase Employees to Sleep

Arianna Huffington surprised the audience at Techonomy Health in New York when she and the CMO of JPMorgan Chase explained how an emotionally-sensitive approach to defining “health” was being applied at the kind of corporate...

Harnessing the Power of Behavior Change

Changing behavior for greater health is not just a challenge for public health or psychology. We've got to get consumers more engaged in and proactive about their health. But we need more than just innovation....

Could a Microbe Transplant Make You Thinner? (And Other Amazing Things About Bacteria and Antibiotics)

We are in the earliest days of understanding the human microbiome—the communities of microbes that live in and on our bodies—but already scientists are getting a sense of the incredible complexity of this ecosystem and...

Palo Alto Startup Aims to Curb Childhood Obesity

Can technology help kids shed pounds? Palo Alto-based startup Kurbo Health is betting it can, with an app that incorporates the best practices from adult weight loss programs. The company, which also offers in-person coaching...

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