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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jul 14, 2019.

The Handmaid's Tale's Showrunner Shares What Keeps June Alive

<i>The Handmaid's Tale's</i> Showrunner Shares What Keeps June Alive

The Handmaid’s Tale is deep into its third season, and June (Elisabeth Moss) continues to survive against an ever-increasing amount of odds—to the point where it feels like she isn’t facing consequences for her more rebellious actions. So, what exactly is keeping June from being killed by Gilead? Showrunner Bruce Miller has a few ideas.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Miller about...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Jun 29, 2019. 14 comments

Health Inequality Is Getting Worse in the U.S.

Health Inequality Is Getting Worse in the U.S.

Americans who have had the misfortune of becoming seriously sick know that the country’s health care system is deeply broken, even if you have insurance. But a new study out Friday highlights the widening gap in who gets to be healthy. Over a 25-year period leading up to 2017, it found, health inequality has largely either stagnated or gotten worse.

Past research studying the health gap in the...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 19, 2019. 24 comments

President Trump Promises to Cure Cancer If Re-Elected During Neo-Fascist Rally in Florida

President Trump Promises to Cure Cancer If Re-Elected During Neo-Fascist Rally in Florida

President Donald Trump has made a lot of broken promises during his time in office. He promised to lower prescription drug prices, get Mexico to pay for a border wall, and he even said a 10 percent tax cut for the middle class was on the way before the 2018 midterms. That tax cut never materialized, obviously. But the president’s latest promise might be the biggest lie of them all. Trump...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 18, 2019. 12 comments

Report: Hospitals and Patients Are Being Plagued by Robocalls

Report: Hospitals and Patients Are Being Plagued by Robocalls

We’re already living in a national robocall nightmare, but at least most of the time, for most of us, dealing with phone spam is not a matter of life and death. As a Monday report in the Washington Post highlights, that’s not always the case.

Illegal robocalls are hitting health care center switchboards, as well as their patients, hard. In one example, the Post wrote, a tidal wave of four and...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jun 13, 2019. 9 comments

The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd Says 'Put Your Phone Down and Protest' New Anti-Abortion Laws

The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd Says 'Put Your Phone Down and Protest' New Anti-Abortion Laws

The Handmaid’s Tale has entered its third season —and is starting to feel more like a plausible warning than a dystopian nightmare, as more states, like Georgia , continue to sign laws restricting access to safe and legal abortions. Now, the woman who embodies one of the show’s most devout believers is speaking out, saying “something has to be done” to fight back.

“If you think it can’t...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin May 29, 2019. 24 comments

Netflix Comes Out Against Georgia's Anti-Abortion Law, Other Studios Still Silent

Netflix Comes Out Against Georgia's Anti-Abortion Law, Other Studios Still Silent

The third season of The Handmaid’s Tale may be a month away, but it already feels like it’s making headlines . More states have passed and signed legislation that makes it hard for women to get safe and legal abortions —including in Georgia, which has become a key state for the film industry. How are media companies like Disney, Warner Bros. and AMC handling this crisis? Largely, by not...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak May 22, 2019. 3 comments

Comcast Working on Health Monitoring Device for the Elderly But Don't Call It an Alexa

Comcast Working on Health Monitoring Device for the Elderly But Don't Call It an Alexa

Comcast is working on a new in-home device that will monitor your health, according to a new report from CNBC. A source familiar with the product confirmed its existence to Gizmodo but clarified that much of CNBC’s early reporting on the device today was inaccurate—namely that Comcast was working on anything close to an Alexa competitor.

Comcast’s health monitoring device will primarily be...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Apr 25, 2019. 10 comments

Pentagon's Independent Science Research Group, the Jasons, Is Set to Disband After 59 Years

Pentagon's Independent Science Research Group, the Jasons, Is Set to Disband After 59 Years

The Jason Group, an independent panel of academics who have advised the Pentagon for the past 59 years, will likely disband on April 30. The group had hoped to get a one-year extension to continue its work.

The Jasons was founded in 1960 as a scientific advisory panel that helped the Pentagon solve some of the most complex problems facing the U.S. military. The early days of the Jasons focused...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Mar 01, 2019. 24 comments

The Fake Sex Doctor Who Conned the Media Into Publicizing His Bizarre Research on Suicide, Butt-Fisting, and Bestiality 

The Fake Sex Doctor Who Conned the Media Into Publicizing His Bizarre Research on Suicide, Butt-Fisting, and Bestiality 

Warning: This article includes discussion about suicide and sexual assault. The subject sometimes speaks about sensitive mental health topics with language that departs from best practices.

If you look up Dr. Damian Jacob Markiewicz Sendler online, you might think he has a MD and a PhD from Harvard Medical School. He presents himself as the chief of sexology at a non-profit health research...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Feb 26, 2019. 11 comments

Here's an Alexa Idea I Actually Like

Here's an Alexa Idea I Actually Like

While it’s hard not to roll your eyes at voice assistants getting added to every single thing in the smart home , a Los Angeles hospital is actually putting Amazon Alexa to good use. About 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai will now be equipped with Amazon Echos to help patients and caregivers interact more efficiently.

The pilot program runs off an Alexa-powered platform called Aiva. Now,...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Feb 26, 2019. 8 comments

Google Translate Can Help Doctors Bridge the Language Gap With Patients—but It's Not Flawless

Google Translate Can Help Doctors Bridge the Language Gap With Patients—but It's Not Flawless

Doctors who serve diverse communities often face the challenge of communicating effectively with patients who don’t share their language. Some doctors are bridging this gap with help from Google Translate, an AI-driven app that has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. But while a new study from California shows that the app can definitely help non-English speaking patients and...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Feb 09, 2019. 3 comments

Johnson & Johnson Will Start Showing Drug Prices in Its TV Ads

Johnson & Johnson Will Start Showing Drug Prices in Its TV Ads

Anyone who pays close attention to television drug commercials—perhaps because they enjoy the ominous, rapid muttering of side effects—will soon notice something new. On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson announced it would begin showing drug prices alongside photogenic actors doing mundane things in its televised ads next month. They will include the list price—the cost of a drug before factors...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 21, 2018. 12 comments

These Were the Flying Hospitals of the Future in 1960

These Were the Flying Hospitals of the Future in 1960

Do you need urgent medical care but are far away from a hospital? We’ll bring the hospital to you! At least, that was the futuristic idea behind this edition of the newspaper comic, Closer Than We Think. And while it still feels a long way off, there are signs that we’re slowly but surely moving into a direction where drones can help deliver medicine to people in hard-to-reach areas.

Produced...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 29, 2018. 14 comments

Ninth Child Dies at New Jersey Nursing Home Facing Adenovirus Outbreak

Ninth Child Dies at New Jersey Nursing Home Facing Adenovirus Outbreak

Officials have confirmed the ninth death of a child at a New Jersey nursing home in the last week alone, with at least eight of the fatalities being confirmed as the result of adenoviruses, CNN reported on Sunday.

According to CNN, at least 25 pediatric adenovirus infections have been confirmed at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the city of Haskell as starting between...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 11, 2018. 1 comments

Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook already has a veritable treasure trove of data on anyone who uses the site, including stuff users do on the web outside of it . It still has an appetite for even more.

Per CNBC, Facebook’s head of health research Dr. Freddy Abnousi—the Facebook executive behind the company’s canceled plan to share anonymized health insights with medical providers like hospitals—still thinks that...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 05, 2018. 18 comments

Fraudulent Blood-Testing Firm Theranos, Which Is Still Somehow a Company, Will Soon Be No More

Fraudulent Blood-Testing Firm Theranos, Which Is Still Somehow a Company, Will Soon Be No More

Theranos, the fraudulent blood-testing startup which has despite an incredible amount of wrongdoing managed to remain an extant corporate entity until now, will soon dissolve.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company has notified shareholders that Theranos will soon be dissolved. Whatever assets the company has left will be used to pay back remaining unsecured creditors...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 16, 2018. 16 comments

These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000

These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000

Americans who opened the newspaper on January 5, 1961, were greeted with an article by Associated Press science writer John Barbour. He described the futuristic world of the year 2000 and the great medical advances that would be achieved by then. And quite frankly, reading about all of the medical miracles we were supposed to see by now is really bumming me out.

Barbour talked to Dr. Austin...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jul 26, 2018. 9 comments

IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were 'Unsafe and Incorrect'

IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were 'Unsafe and Incorrect'

Internal company documents from IBM show that medical experts working with the company’s Watson supercomputer found “multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations” when using the software, according to a report from Stat News.

Stat reviewed documents that were included in two presentations given in June and July 2017 by IBM Watson’s former deputy health chief Andrew...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 10, 2018. 6 comments

Amazon's PillPack Deal Could Give It Reams of Users' Private Medical Data

Amazon's PillPack Deal Could Give It Reams of Users' Private Medical Data

E-commerce giant Amazon wiped out nearly $15 billion in value from Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid this week when it announced a nearly $1 billion deal to acquire PillPack , an online prescription service, sending the competition scrambling for cover. It’s unclear just how Amazon plans on integrating PillPack into the rest of its offerings, with rumors of a Prime Prescriptions service or...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 20, 2018. 12 comments

Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All

Coffee Sold in California Might Not Get Cancer Warning Labels After All

Officials with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have intervened to nullify a recent court ruling saying coffee sold in the state—say, like at a local Starbucks—must be accompanied by warning labels saying brewed coffee contains the carcinogen acrylamide.

The Los Angeles Superior Court ruling ordered producers to put warning labels on the packaging of all...

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