Health

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Get your Irish on
Just Add Cooking joins forces with New England Charcuterie, just in time for St. Patrick's Day
Joshua Smith's corned beef and cabbage recipe via Just Add Cooking.
Boston-based prepackaged meal site Just Add Cooking announced recently that it had partnered with Joshua Smith, the chef behind Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions in Waltham and New England Charcuterie, to bring its users curated recipes-to-go along with its meal kit delivery service. Read More
Ch-ch-ch-Changes...
Change Collective is trying to become the edX of health and wellness
Change Collective co-founders Derek Haswell and Ben Rubin
Are you trying to lose weight and finding your attempts unsuccessful? Or struggling to maintain your work/life balance or reach the zen of inbox zero? You might need some help rethinking how you're approaching your goals. Change Collective, a Boston-based startup that launched last year with $1.4 million in funding, is working to put informed health and life betterment programs as close as the mobile phone in your pocket. Read More
Lighter launches a better, more affordable way to eat healthy
The Lighter team. Sitting:  Christine Angela Dolendo. Back row (L to R) Kristie King, Lara Goodrich Ezor, Alexis Fox, Natalie Obermeyer Hunter, and Micah Risk.
When Micah Risk walked into a coffee shop to meet with Alexis Fox for the first time in 2013, she knew she was encountering a kindred spirit: The two women had already established themselves as up-and-comers in the worlds of both fitness and nutrition. Risk is an endurance athlete, Runner's World cover girl, and a nutritionist who graduated from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. Fox has fought for animal protection as an advocate and lawyer and recently served as the Massachusetts state director for the Humane Society of the United States. When they left the meeting, they had decided to be business partners, and had planted the seeds for a new kind of nutrition startup. And together they've launched Lighter, which delivers healthy, plant-based food along with a very organized, personalized weekly menu and recipes for each meal. Read More
To track a killer
Vecna tests Ebola technology in Monrovia
In Monrovia, Liberia, and neighboring Sierra Leone, Deborah Theobald is training health workers to use two tech tools. (Photo: Paul Amendola/IRC)
A Cambridge builder of health information systems is testing two pioneering medical technologies in West Africa that could help limit the transmission of Ebola from patients to doctors. An electronic health record system and a robot with a two-way communication system — basically an iPad on wheels — are among the tools Deborah Theobald, co-founder of Vecna Technologies, brought to Monrovia, Libera, in late November. Read More
Survey Says
Partners HealthCare announces new platform to help companies survey patients
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The Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare has created a secure survey tool to help medical product makers and investors get feedback from patients and customers. The new mobile app and Web-based survey tool called cHealth Compass will charge companies for the service and pay survey takers for their time. Read More
A whole new world
Would you sequence the genome of your newborn? A majority of Mass. parents say yes
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Would you be willing to sequence the genome of your newborn baby, Gattaca-style, mere hours after bringing it into the world? A little over 500 new parents were asked this question in the maternity ward at Brigham and Women’s Hospital last year, and a majority said yes. Read More
Giver, giving, given
The healthiest #GivingTuesday donation? A gift of data for Patients Like Me
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Giving thanks is fine, Giving a Sh$t is better, but giving up some of your health data will make a difference. That's what Jamie Heywood and his team at Patients Like Me hope. On Tuesday, the health data portal for people with chronic conditions launched a 24-day drive to encourage new patients to sign up and share their health data before Christmas Day. Read More