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When Your Corner Drugstore Goes Bust

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When Your Corner Drugstore Goes Bust

Somewhere in your mind is probably a nostalgic picture of a hometown America that may not have existed in your lifetime, but that picturesque, Norman Rockwell town includes a corner drugstore that sells penny candy and nickel sodas from the soda fountain.   Alas, like Elvis, that brick and mortar vision of a drugstore has passed away. So too, now, has the digital version. At least one $429 million digital version.   Back in July 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported that Walgreens Boots Alliance (aka Walgreens) was closing the online retailer drugstore.com which it had acquired sometime before in...

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Using Tech Against Parkinson’s

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  The cause of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is unknown, so scientists are asking for your help -- specifically if you have an iPhone®, whether or not you have PD. Scientists want to use a grassroots base of iPhone users to collect specific health data and general information to build a super database of raw data that can be used to unlock more about the cause, prevention, and treatment of PD. The application is mPower. According to the product website: The mPower application uses a mix of surveys and tasks that activate phone sensors to collect and track health and symptoms...

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Super Computer, M.D.

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The future of the medical field is technology. What that technology will eventually look like or how it will evolve is up for debate. One of the technologies currently in development for the advancement of health care is the use of supercomputers to analyze and structure vast amounts of discrete, unstructured data. This idea is similar to what Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, and other platforms do now. You ask a question or type in a search term in a language and format you understand and the technology is programmed to process tons of data to extract the most likely answer...

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Using Mapping Technology to End Diseases

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The University of California San Francisco uses advanced technology such as the Google Earth Engine to attempt to map our areas of diseases, particularly Malaria, around the world in an effort to contain, predict, and possibly halt its spread. By identifying the risks to an area of the world the limited resources can be more efficiently targeted to the epicenter of the highest need. By combining the powerful satellite data with data from local and international health organizations the school is able to analyze potential patterns in the disease lifecycle. According to an article released by the UCSF, The new...

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Telemedicine and You

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PlanetRx.com does not sell telephones for telemedicine, but maybe we should. Doctors Without Borders has incorporated the use of video and audio devices since 2010, and some studies credit telemedicine with saving lives, particularly in rural areas of America. So what is telemedicine? Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations. (Wikipedia) The technology is...

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