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The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019

Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

Duke performs America's first adult heart donation after circulatory death

December 6, 2019

Doctors at Duke University Hospital have performed the country's first-ever adult heart transplant through a process called donation after circulatory death, and one of the surgeons involved says the process could expand the heart transplant donor pool by as much as 30%.

How Pete Buttigieg wants to tackle health care disparities

December 5, 2019

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Tuesday released a plan intended to combat inequality in the U.S. health care system.

Are plant-based meats healthy? Here's what the science says.

December 5, 2019

Spurred by the growing popularity of plant-based meat substitutes, stakeholders in the meat industry have released a series of ads decrying what they call "ultra-processed imitations"—and health experts are cautioning against any quick endorsements of the new products.

Exercise might fight depression. But how much do you need?

December 3, 2019

Exercise might be linked to a reduced risk of depression, even in people who are genetically predisposed to the condition, according to recent research that analyzed data from the ongoing Partners Biobank study.

Do we have to age and die? Here's what science says.

December 2, 2019

Early research supports the theory that humans age as a result of primeval genetic mechanisms intended to regulate and repair our aging cells, but there might be ways to "turn off" these mechanisms to slow or even reverse aging, according to David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Matthew LaPlante, an associate professor of journalism at Utah State University.

Dopamine fasting is the latest trend in Silicon Valley—but is it backed by science?

November 26, 2019

The latest fad in Silicon Valley is so-called "dopamine fasting," in which an individual abstains from smartphones, computers, and even eye contact in order to supposedly curb "addiction" to technology—but experts are skeptical of whether the practice really works.

Google almost released 100,000+ chest X-rays. Then it discovered a big problem.

November 25, 2019

Two days before Google was set to publicly share over 100,000 images of chest X-rays obtained under a partnership with NIH, the federal health agency called Google and informed company researchers that some of the images included personal health data—leading Google to promptly cancel the project.

This computer can predict when you'll die. (Just don't ask how it works.)

November 25, 2019

Researchers at Geisinger recently announced that they have developed an algorithm that uses electrocardiogram data to determine whether a person will die within a year—but they are not sure how the algorithm works.

Janssen is launching its first entirely digital clinical trial

November 22, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's Jansen pharmaceutical subsidiary will launch the company's first-ever solely digital trial to test a potential new use for its diabetes drug Invokana, the company announced last weekend at the American Heart Association conference.

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