In 2015, improving sensor and mobile technology continued to provide creative ways to improve health monitoring. Ingestible “stethoscopes” can now monitor our health all the time, smartphones can test for HIV, and biosensor patches can report back our vital signs.
It was a rollercoaster year in terms of large health stories. West Africa beat its Ebola crisis, and scientists worries about the ethical implications of a demonstration in China that showed how to edit the genes of human embryos.
High-powered computing and DNA sequencing helped make some unique health breakthroughs in 2015, such as in the area of spinal cord injuries and diabetes. More discoveries like this are expected. Cheap gene sequencing has meant continued breakthroughs in the field of microbiome research and has even allowed 17-year-olds to make discoveries.
Meanwhile, we continued to worry about the obesity crisis, stress at work, and an unhealthy retirement (If we can retire at all) this year–but it seems that a little exposure to trees might be one thing we can do to ease our minds just a little. Or just pop this anti-aging pill, backed by one of the world’s experts in the aging process.
High schooler Andrew Jin is answering previously unasked questions in biology.
Elysium Health hasn’t discovered the fountain of youth, but their new supplement—with the backing of some of the world’s foremost authorities on aging—could change how you get older.
Your company probably spends a lot on a “corporate wellness program,” but its efforts are probably wasted.
Just get more trees in your life.
The days of retiring peacefully and financially secure are close to being over. Get ready for a lot more seniors in the work force—which has the potential to be both a problem and an opportunity.
Will this new pill put women on equal footing with men when it comes to treating sexual dysfunction—or is it just a drug company creating a medical solution to a problem that a pill can’t fix?
I was in a cool room at TED, not a sweltering hospital in Liberia—and yet, I could barely take the protective gear. Can’t we do better?
Diagnosis easier around the world—both in communities with no electricity and in your house.
In the future, monitoring your heart and lung health could be as simple as popping a little pill.
New software sifts through the information gathered in long forgotten studies and finds new avenues for researchers to pursue—like a new advance in treating spinal injuries.
Don’t get squeamish. You’re going to take a poop pill one day soon, and it’s going to change your life.