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George Takei in Boston: Smartphone Physicals and Gene Therapy

Posted By Steve Mencher On August 1, 2014 @ 11:13 am In The Download | No Comments

Smartphones can do just about anything these days, from shooting movies [1] to following our every move [2] – from connecting to smoke detectors to counting our steps and calories.

On a recent visit to AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ [3] start-up business showcase in Boston, tech explorer George Takei [4] found a number of new phone attachments and apps aimed at making formerly complicated health tests cheaper and more readily available, adding up to a “smartphone physical.” These include:

  • An electrocardiogram in a smartphone case that consumers can use themselves
  • A speculum that gives you a closeup look inside your own ears
  • A pocket-size ultrasound device that lets a doctor see the state of your carotid artery without going down the hall or out of the examination room

 

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>> Get discounts on electronics with your AARP Member Advantages. [6]

Winding up his Boston visit, Takei trekked over to Bluebird Bio [7] to learn about the latest in gene therapy and “gene editing.” The company’s goal: create truly transformative treatments, especially for orphan diseases, where inserting a single gene into a cell could make the difference between disease and health.

 

Also of Interest

 

See the AARP home page [12] for deals, savings tips, trivia and more

 


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URLs in this post:

[1] shooting movies: http://nyti.ms/1oc3Y0K

[2] following our every move: https://www.aclu.org/how-government-tracking-your-movements

[3] Health Innovation@50+: http://health50.org/

[4] George Takei: https://www.youtube.com/user/TakeisTake

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16zrf6obkkI

[6] >> Get discounts on electronics with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/technology/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TECH-DISC

[7] Bluebird Bio: http://www.bluebirdbio.com/

[8] Google Glass: 5 Funniest Test Drives: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/20/google-glass-5-funniest-test-drives/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[9] 4 Surgeries You Should Avoid: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2011/4-surgeries-to-avoid.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[10] Fight Fraud and ID Theft With the AARP Fraud Watch Network: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/?intcmp=AE-BL-ENDART-ADV-FWN

[11] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?keycode=U9ZTPH9&intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

[12] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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