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Prescription from health clinic: Play this startup’s videogame

Videogames can be used for more than just entertainment, and one US startup thinks they can help improve mental health.

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What do tweets say about our health?

Tapping into the Twitter stream could help researchers understand how healthy people’s lifestyles are and how to target improved public health, according to a recent study.

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US health insurer to subsidise Apple Watch buys

A major US health insurance company said it will help buy Apple smartwatches for customers as part of a move to integrate the gadgets into wellness management programmes.

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58% of Americans have downloaded a health app, but almost half don’t use them

There's no short of health apps out there. They can record our sleep, measure our fitness, and count our calories. But what do their users think of them and are all of them really used?

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Samsung unveils new digital health platform

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new digital health technology platform that uses sensors to track a range of body functions such as heart rate and blood pressure.

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Do health apps really have the capacity to help the healthy?

Health apps and connected health devices are all the rage at the moment. Do they, however, present any benefits to users who aren't sick? Two doctors each presented their points of view in a recently published report.

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FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering

Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be shared with third parties.

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Game industry vets team with mental health professionals to launch WellBeings

Gaming veterans and mental health professionals have teamed up to launch the publishing arm and “e-health” organisation WellBeings.

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Yelp adds health inspection records to restaurant listings across United States

Online review forum Yelp has launched a new feature that will allow diners to look up the health and hygiene scores of restaurants across the United States.

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China eager to embrace tech to meet overflowing health care demands

Patients need to have plenty of patience, especially in China’s under-resourced health care system.