With the conceptual model in hand, BIF was ready to take the idea off of the whiteboard and into the real world and to build a working prototype of LunaYou, hiring their first Wellbeing Coach and developing a low-fidelity app to enable women to visualize a real-time flow of her own self-reported maternal wellbeing information for seven indicators including blood pressure, steps, sleep, personal empowerment, stress levels, social support, and everyday equity. Kaplan and his team planned to prototype the model starting at a small scale (25 women) in their home state of Rhode Island before developing a plan to commercialize LunaYou nationally. BIF had just started recruiting and enrolling the first women for our LunaYou prototype and then overnight everything changed when COVID-19 hit. … [Read more...] about Born in a pandemic: How do you re-imagine maternal health during COVID-19 outbreak?
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But it’s just unbelievable to me to see how these techniques are coming together. And one of the things that I’m hopeful about as we deal with this current crisis and think about what we might be able to do on the other side of it is it could very well be that this is the thing that triggers a revolution in the biological sciences and investment in innovation that has the same sort of a decades-long effect that the industrialization push around World War II had in the ‘40s that basically built our entire modern world. … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s CTO explains how AI can help health care in the US right now
This everyday laziness undermines a lot of nutrition research, which is often based on self-reported estimates. These studies are often structured like the SMART health study, a two-year trial in college students funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. I joined the study in 2012; it was designed to see if people would lose more weight when they were able to use social media tools and electronic encouragement. For example, a friend who was also enrolled was instructed to go to the gym four times a week to unlock a “message” someone sent him on the study website. Others got texts or were told to use mobile apps developed by researchers for the study. … [Read more...] about We shouldn’t trust health studies that let people report what they ate
The small country of nearly 4.8 million people was able to quickly contain the virus and appears to have a real chance of wiping it out entirely, The Washington Post reported. As of April 7, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the country has logged 1,160 confirmed and suspected cases in the country and just one death. More people recovered in the last 24 hours (65) than were found to have been infected (54), suggesting that the local outbreak is declining. … [Read more...] about New Zealand is winning the war on coronavirus. Here’s why.
Scientists have developed a new Bluetooth contact tracing app for detecting covid-19 proximity, that they say will help epidemiologists to analyse the spread of the pandemic while fully protecting individual privacy. The DP-3T tracing system has been developed to the highest privacy standards, and is ready to deploy into an app, according to the researchers from University College London (UCL) in the UK. The system ensures no personal data ever leaves an individual's device, and is not centralised in a cloud server, meaning it is not able to be repurposed for anything other than public health, they said. "There are a lot of concerns about Bluetooth tracing being administered centrally by governments, particularly in countries that have weaker privacy laws and concern for human rights," said Michael Veale from UCL. "We have developed a practical solution that could help tell someone when they come into contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, while at the same … [Read more...] about Novel Bluetooth contact tracing app for Covid-19 protects privacy