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It’s messy: Digital health platforms must be high tech and high touch to win

June 10, 2014 6:43 am by | 2 Comments

Get the MedCity Startup Index for May. Apps are out, platforms are in. Investors and entrepreneurs have figured out that not only does it sound better to call your product…


Google X’s gigantic new project will try to map the healthy human body in its entirety

Google X’s gigantic new project will try to map the healthy human body in its entirety

July 25, 2014 10:55 am by | 0 Comments

Google is joining the quest to map the human body, except it’s not just tackling one part of the body, its going whole hog to find answers to questions scientists still have about…


This guy’s standing desk turned computer work into the most exercise-intensive part of the day

This guy’s standing desk turned computer work into the most exercise-intensive part of the day

July 21, 2014 6:03 pm by | 0 Comments

It’s possible to make a desk job the best way to become fit. Traditionally, computer-chained jobs have been responsible for an epidemic in sitting-related disorders, which afflict the tech industry…



More evidence that a healthy lifestyle is tied to a healthy brain in seniors

More evidence that a healthy lifestyle is tied to a healthy brain in seniors

July 18, 2014 3:04 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A program that emphasizes healthy eating, brain and social engagement, physical activity and heart health may slow dementia among people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease,…


Study: Exercise programs for diabetics should include cardio + strength for best blood sugar control

Study: Exercise programs for diabetics should include cardio + strength for best blood sugar control

July 10, 2014 5:02 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Exercise programs that combine aerobic exercise and resistance training may be better at helping people with diabetes control their blood sugar than either type of…


Extreme obesity is a bigger threat to health than smoking, according to NCI study

Extreme obesity is a bigger threat to health than smoking, according to NCI study

July 9, 2014 12:51 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – That obesity can cut life short by causing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but a study reported on Tuesday quantifies the toll: The…


More evidence that a drink a day may protect the heart

More evidence that a drink a day may protect the heart

July 2, 2014 8:21 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Two large studies published in June, one covering 52 countries around the globe and the other from Scandinavia, link low-to-moderate alcohol consumption to reduced risk…


Too much TV tied to premature death

Too much TV tied to premature death

July 1, 2014 6:06 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Not all sitting is the same, according to a new study from Spain that found adults who watch three or more hours of TV per…



NYC VC invests $50M in German company that delivers dinner ingredients to your house

NYC VC invests $50M in German company that delivers dinner ingredients to your house

June 22, 2014 12:00 am by | 0 Comments

HelloFresh delivers a food box that lets subscribers make high-quality self-cooked meals at home. Customers can pick between different recipes and receive the exact number and portion of the ingredients needed….


New York City could still reinstate its ban on sales of XL sodas

New York City could still reinstate its ban on sales of XL sodas

June 5, 2014 10:33 am by | 0 Comments

ALBANY N.Y.(Reuters) – An attorney for New York City has asked the state’s top court to revive a ban on large sugary drinks, saying the city’s health department has the…


Talk about wellness incentives: European governments are paying people to bike to work

Talk about wellness incentives: European governments are paying people to bike to work

June 2, 2014 2:06 pm by | 0 Comments

PARIS (Reuters) – France has started a six-month experiment with paying people to cycle to work, joining other European governments in trying to boost bicycle use to boost people’s health,…


Researchers have found a ‘sixth taste sense’ for carbohydrates

Researchers have found a ‘sixth taste sense’ for carbohydrates

May 31, 2014 4:27 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Carbs activate brain regions that are not affected by artificial sweeteners, even when they’re only tasted but not swallowed, according to a small new study…


Warning: This drink could cause obesity. Soda warning label bill passes California Senate

Warning: This drink could cause obesity. Soda warning label bill passes California Senate

May 30, 2014 10:23 am by | 1 Comments

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay passed the California Senate on Thursday, the latest move…


Study: Don’t go to Wikipedia looking for reliable health information

Study: Don’t go to Wikipedia looking for reliable health information

May 28, 2014 8:42 am by | 0 Comments

Millions of people around the world immediately go to the Web for information after feeling a mysterious ache, pain, rash, or bump. This often results in either a panic attack…


Report: Economic slowdown isn’t helping the obesity epidemic in developed nations

Report: Economic slowdown isn’t helping the obesity epidemic in developed nations

May 27, 2014 1:25 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The rate of obesity continues to climb across the world’s most developed countries, with certain nations and groups of people such as women and the poor hit…


Even light exercise may be beneficial in preventing illness, disabilities

Even light exercise may be beneficial in preventing illness, disabilities

May 22, 2014 5:25 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who engage in plenty of light movement have a lower risk of developing a disability and losing their capacity to care for themselves, a…