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Prosthetic Hand With Feeling: Re-Creating The Brain-Hand Connection

Melissa Healy | Los Angeles Times | February 5, 2014

The human hand is a wonder of strength, sensitivity and discrimination — not only because of those four fingers and the opposable thumb, but also because of the human brain that controls it. No wonder, then, that for those who design hand prostheses, re-creating the natural dexterity of the brain-powered hand is a daunting challenge. Read More »

Publishers Do Not Provide Peer-Review. We Do.

Mike Taylor | svpow.com | January 23, 2012

Publishers do not provide peer-review.  We do.  The same body of researchers that writes the papers for publishers also performs peer-review for publishers.  And we charge exactly the same amount: nothing.  Peer review is just one more gift that we give to the publishers.  It’s a gift that I don’t begrudge when the world can benefit from it, through open-access publishing.

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Researchers Hope Medical Database Will Advance Veterans' Health

Lauren Kirkwood | McClatchy | April 9, 2013

By creating a medical database of health information gathered from U.S. veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to better understand how genes affect the health of both veterans and civilians. Read More »

Researchers: Health IT Creates Its Own 'Reality'

Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | June 27, 2013

Electronic records create a third "reality" in healthcare--one beyond the patient's physical reality and the clinician's understanding of the issues and treatment--and yet another way to miscommunicate, according to a new study. Read More »

Review Of Open Access In Economics

Ross Mounce | Open Knowledge Foundation | October 30, 2012

Ever since BioMed Central (BMC) published its first free online article on July 19th 2000, the Open Access movement has made significant progress, so much so that many different stakeholders now see 100% Open Access to research as inevitable in the near future. Read More »

Sage Bionetworks Advocates for Open Systems in Health Research

Press Release | Sage Bionetworks, mPower | July 20, 2016

Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit biomedical research organization, continues its work to redefine the way in which health data is gathered, shared and used through the use of open systems, incentives and norms. In a Nature commentary published today, a set of governing principles for digital health data analysis that are designed to maximize the contribution of large-scale digital data to advancing medical care are described. This commentary was co-authored by John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and Eric Topol, MD, Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health. The two work together on the NIH-funded Precision Medicine Initiative that was announced earlier this month.

Sage Bionetworks Releases First-of-its-Kind Data from Parkinson’s iPhone Study

Press Release | Sage Bionetworks, mPower | March 3, 2016

Sage Bionetworks, a nonprofit biomedical research organization, today released an unparalleled dataset that captures the everyday experiences of more than 9,500 people to help speed scientific progress toward treatments for people with Parkinson’s disease. The dataset, which consists of millions of data points collected on a nearly-continuous basis through the iPhone app mPower, will provide researchers with unprecedented insight into the daily changes in symptoms and effects of medication for people with Parkinson’s.

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Sage Commons Congress 2012

Matthew Todd | Intermolecular | April 24, 2012

I was at the Sage Commons Congress the last few days. Meetings should be full of challenging new ideas and full of spontaneous discussion. [...] This congress was very interesting, driven by the passion of those people taking part to do science in new ways. Read More »

Study: Physician EHR-Users Not Seeing Return On Investment

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | March 7, 2013

Although more physicians than ever are implementing electronic health records, many are not reaping a positive return on the investment, according to a new study in Health Affairs. Read More »

Sunday Shutdown Reader: Harold Varmus On Self-Destruction In The Sciences

James Fallows | Atlantic | October 13, 2013

"Now that the shutdown is nearing the end of its second week, further consequences are coming into view ..." Read More »

Syapse Joins Free The Data! Initiative and Provides Software To Power Participant-centric Hereditary Gene Mutation Data

Press Release | Genetic Alliance, Syapse | July 31, 2013

Syapse, the leader in software for bringing omics into routine medical use, announced that it has joined the Free the Data! initiative. [...] Read More »

The Best Governance For Medicines ... Is In Thailand

Roy M. Poses | Health Care Renewal | May 23, 2013

Here in the US, a lot of people have been convinced that we have the best health care system in the world... Read More »

The Doctor Is In

Mark Mitchell | Government Executive | July 1, 2013

I’m a little underslept today,” Dr. Francis Collins laughs, sitting in his office in the historic Building 1 of the National Institutes of Health’s sprawling campus in Bethesda, Md., where he presides as the dean of the nation’s health. [...] Read More »

The First 3D Printed Organ -- A Liver -- Is Expected In 2014

Lucas Mearian | Computerworld | December 26, 2013

Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. But that may change someday sooner than you think -- thanks to 3D printing. Read More »

The Open Medicine Institute: Big Plans And A Sense Of Urgency

Sasha | Phoenix Rising | July 1, 2013

Imagine that you’ve just been put in charge of the world’s ME/CFS research – yes, you – and you’ve got to decide what research you want. Come on, hurry up! Read More »