Upgrading health checkups with cutting edge technologies-Part I

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular health exams and tests are important because they “can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking…

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Tech to peek inside

Medicine was revolutionized in modern times by technologies that let doctors “see” inside their patients.  It began in 1895 with X-Ray[i] pictures (X-Rays) that revealed skeletal structures, the presence of bone fractures and solid objects in the body.  Improvements followed, but fundamentally new technologies and techniques took decades to emerge.  Medical ultrasounds[ii] began in the…

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The tech behind the healthcare revolution

  The emerging healthcare revolution would be impossible without cutting edge technologies that were unavailable just a decade ago.  These include miniature sensors, wearable and portable connected devices, remotely accessible big data storage systems, and a growing family of analytical methods and machine learning software.  Together they are providing increasingly sophisticated health monitoring and assessment capabilities…

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Technology and the future of healthcare

  Engineers, programmers and data scientists are poised to revolutionize medicine as deeply as they previously changed and disrupted the automobile, aircraft, banking and telecommunications industries.  Emerging technologies are already recasting the roles of doctors, patients and prospective patients in the monitoring, detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and physical conditions. The scope, depth and pace…

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The existential risks of historical ignorance

Press manipulation, hubris and the threat of nuclear conflict.  Citizens in a free society rely on news organizations to provide them with accurate information about their political leaders and their decisions, policies and initiatives. Journalists are in a tough spot because they generally have to be familiar with many topics and issues.  Foreign affairs, for…

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Cuba, nukes & reckless gambles

In 1958, my family was living in Cuba when a revolution clamoring for democracy and economic reforms overthrew dictator Fulgencio Batista. One group of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro, his brother Raul and Argentinian doctor Ernesto Che Guevara became the “faces of the revolution,” particularly in the American press. They quickly leveraged their popularity to…

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