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November 30 through December 2, 2016
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Conversation with MakerNurse Co-Founder Anna Young at TEDMED 2015

Date: 20, November 2015 | Author: Tom Fowler | Publication: Medgadget

Anna Young, co-founder of MakerNurse, is bringing rapid prototyping tools into hospital units to enable nurses, other providers, and even patients to problem-solve with innovative do-it-yourself labs within hospitals, with the end goal of ultimately improving patient care. 

What patients really want--and why it’s important for their health

Date: 03, December 2015 | Author: Lyndra Vassar | Publication: AMA Newswire

Getting patients to make healthy lifestyle choices ranks high on every physician’s professional wish list. But realistically accomplishing this goal, especially in a fast-paced health care setting, requires care teams to zero in on what really matters to patients.

TEDMED 2015: A brief history of CRISPR and what's next

Date: 19, November 2015 | Author: Stacy Lawrence | Publication: Fiece BioTech

Only a scant few years old, CRISPR gene editing technology already is heavily weighted with potential implications for human disease and health. It's already being used to more easily and precisely create genetically modified plants and animals. And for the first time last year, CRISPR was used to genetically modify a human embryo.

Five Big Trends From This Week’s TEDMED Gathering

Date: 18, November 2015 | Author: Andrea Kissack | Publication: NPR - KQED San Francisco

I am addicted to TED talks. They breath new life into what was once the boring lecture. Some of the smartest people have now become some of the most inspirational, thanks to the TED format and delivery.  TED is now its own global industry which includes smaller, more affordable, TED X talks, a TED video channel and NPR’s TED Radio Hour.

TEDMED 2015 bringing innovators to La Quinta

Date: 17, November 2015 | Author: Barrett Newkirk | Publication: The Desert Sun

Dozens of people touted as innovators in health and medicine will be in the Coachella Valley for TEDMED, the health-conscious offshoot of the TED Talks speaker series. As many as 800 people are expected to fill the La Quinta Resort & Club for the annual conference, which will be held Nov 18 to 20.

Bending the Rules of Science Can Save Lives, Says Fauci

Date: 21, November 2015 | Author: Marcia Frellick | Publication: Medscape

The Causes and Consequences of Early Puberty

Date: 20, November 2015 | Author: Brenda Goodman | Publication: WebMD Health News

The age when girls start puberty is shifting. In girls, puberty is a sequence of three events, breast development, the growth of pubic hair, and finally, a first period. Recent large studies show that, on average, many girls’ breasts are budding about a year earlier than they used to.

These Nanoparticles Could Detect Cancer Long Before Doctors Are Able To Today

Date: 12, December 2015 | Author: ADELE PETERS | Publication: Fast Company

Even when certain types of cancer are fairly easy to treat, doctors often don't detect them until it's too late. But a new type of ultra-sensitive test might change that. A shot of nanoparticles would be designed to travel through your body looking for tumors that other tests might miss. An hour later, you could pee on a simple paper test and get the results.

TED talks are a good prescription for making a point

Date: 10, September 2014 | Author: Shirley Leung | Publication: Boston Globe

We’ve all been there, stuck like sitting ducks. The CEO that drones on. The politician who meanders. The colleague with the pointless PowerPoint.

TEDMED: 50 ideas that might just change the face of health around the world

Date: 22, September 2014 | Author: Ken Banks | Publication: National Geographic

Hundreds of people surged up the steps of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC this month sporting the iconic oversized badges that only meant one thing – time for TEDMED. This famous – and exclusive – conference from the people behind TED Talks is attended by health innovators from all over the world. The aim is to share diverse, exciting ideas that may change the face of health and medicine across the globe. In this installment of Digital Diversity, Layla McCay – a member of our Media and Research Team – shares her thoughts on some of the most exciting health innovations featured at the event. 

Why Breast-feeding is Important for Mom's Heart Health

Date: 12, September 2014 | Author: Megan Johnson and Steve Sternberg | Publication: US News

Eleanor Bimla Schwarz believes doctors – and mothers-to-be – are making a big mistake if they think pregnancy and childbirth is a nine-month journey that ends in the delivery room. The next months are critical too, she says, because that’s when both mother and baby build a foundation for long-term health through breast-feeding. The window of opportunity is small, she says. Once you’ve missed it, there’s nothing you can do.

TEDMED: Will NextGenU End Physician Supply Woes?

Date: 11, September 2014 | Author: Sarah Wickline Wallan | Publication: Medpage Today

Erica Frank, MD, wants to solve the global physician shortage with free medical education and subsidized residency training, a vision she shared with the TEDMED audience Wednesday.

Prototype complete for device that can detect Ebola, HIV within minutes

Date: 11, September 2014 | Author: Meghana Keshavan | Publication: Medcity News

“Handheld laboratory” QuantuMDx has unveiled a working prototype of its DNA analysis device that can diagnose disease in under 15 minutes. It’s got promising implications in developing nations in particular, helping health workers quickly diagnose and help control disease like malaria, HIV, gonorrhea and Ebola.

TEDMED DC Day 2 Stage: Unexpected Inspiration, Provocative Proposals, and Having Fun

Date: 12, September 2014 | Author: Batista | Publication: MedGadget

A recap of Day 2 of TEDMED 2014

Face to Face with SHE – Insights from WPP Stream Health and TEDMED 2014

Date: 12, September 2014 | Author: Carolyn Buck Luce | Publication: Huffington Post

Two weeks ago I attended WPP Stream Health in Orlando, the "unconference" hosted by Grey Healthcare and ended in San Francisco at TEDMED 2014. The theme of both gatherings was unleashing imagination and collaboration to redesign our approach to building a healthier world.

At TEDMED, the Best and Worst of Times for American Medicine

Date: 12, September 2014 | Author: James Temple | Publication: Recode

In an onstage interview in Washington, D.C., this week, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins painted contrasting pictures of the state of medicine in America.

TEDMED 2014: The Mysteries of Medicine

Date: 12, September 2014 | Author: Rita Rubin | Publication: WebMD

TEDMED 2014’s theme was “unlocking imagination,” but it might as well have been “unlocking the mysteries of medicine.” Speakers at the 3-day event, many among the top in their fields, talked as much about what medicine can’t do as they did about what it can. They fessed up about their ignorance and admitted their mistakes.

Do We Overeat Because We're Addicted?

Date: 12, September 2014 | Author: Brenda Goodman | Publication: WebMD

Nora Volkow, MD, is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She was a featured speaker at the 2014 TEDMED Conference, where she talked about the role of addiction in obesity. She answered some questions for WebMD after her talk.

This Could Be the Most Secure Password Ever

Date: 17, September 2014 | Author: Alexandra Sifferlin | Publication: Time

Scientists are using your heart as a security authenticator.

Your Doctor Should Reveal Biases and Pharma Ties, Says Group

Date: 18, September 2014 | Author: Alexandra Sifferlin | Publication: Time

Should your doctor reveal their positions on contraception and whether they accept money from drug companies?

Paralysis Isn’t Inevitable

Date: 26, September 2014 | Author: Joe Nocera | Publication: The New York Times

Income Inequality and N.R.A. Dominance May Not Last Forever

When Yogurt Affects the Brain

Date: 23, September 2014 | Author: Olga Khazan | Publication: The Atlantic

Gut bacteria play a role in mood and emotion. Are probiotics the key to a better antidepressant?

TEDMED 2014 Kicks Off With Unprecedented Roster of Leaders and Innovators in Health and Medicine

Date: 08, September 2014 | Author: TEDMED

Sold-out events in Washington DC and San Francisco will shine international spotlight on innovation and imagination in service of health and medicine. Program will be broadcast globally with distribution in more than 130 countries.

America's Youngest Female Billionaire Explains How She's Transforming Medicine

Date: 12, November 2014 | Author: Kevin Loria | Publication: Business Insider

Between 40% and 60% of people don't even end up getting the lab tests their doctors ask them to because of the cost, time involved, and perhaps a fear of needles, according to Elizabeth Holmes, who spoke at TEDMED in September.

TEDMED 2014 will be Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine

Date: 14, August 2014 | Author: TEDMED | Publication: AP Presswire

For the first time, TEDMED will take place simultaneously on two iconic stages in Washington, DC and San Francisco with international distribution to more than 100 countries.

Stanford joins TEDMED as medical research institution partner; TEDMED names Palace of Fine Arts as San Francisco venue

| Author: TEDMED | Publication: PR Newswire

TEDMED and Stanford Medicine forge important partnership as TEDMED prepares for first-ever convening at iconic San Francisco landmark as part of unified two-city event this September 10-12

TEDMED and Top Medical Research Institutions to Create One Simultaneous, Annual "Live Event" On 7 Stages Around the World

Date: 20, April 2015 | Author: TEDMED | Publication: PR Newswire

UC San Francisco Becomes TEDMED’s First Medical Research Institution Partner San Francisco Selected as the First Live Multi-City Host Location To Team With Current Washington, DC Site, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts TEDMED to Convene First Live Multi-City Event September 10–12, 2014

The Experience of TEDMED 2013

Date: 06, May 2013 | Author: Dr. Cindy Haines | Publication: Huffington Post

It began for me with a crouton. Not just any crouton, mind you, but perhaps the best crouton I've ever had. I don't know how it came to be so good, but I do know that this crouton was selected with care, diligently adhering to a food strategy that would help a sea of health care devotees view the "health tool" of food selection through a different lens. And that's what TEDMED does best: help us see things through a different lens.

TEDMED 2013 Moments

| Author: Pioneer Blog Team | Publication: RWJF Blog

"TEDMED is the Burning Man for health aficionados," said Robin Hogen, RWJF's vice president for communications, one of several RWJF team members who attended the event in Washington, D.C., last week. The event brings together "public health advocates, clinicians, biomedical researchers, break-the-mold thinkers, prodigies, grateful patients and artists," Hogen said. 

TEDMED Day 4 – Harnessing Our Data, and Motorcycles, to Work for Us

Date: 25, April 2013 | Author: Medgadget Editors | Publication: Medgadget

The final day of last week’s TEDMED 2013 consisted of two sessions, tastefully interspersed with self-reflection and humor by the curators. The first session, “Hiding in Plain Sight,” looked forward to new developments in technology, and data analysis in particular, that can give us new capabilities in healthcare.

The Biggest "Big Ideas" At TEDMED 2013

Date: 24, April 2013 | Author: Ken Congdon | Publication: Healthcare Technology Online

I had the pleasure of attending the TEDMED conference last week in Washington DC. I never experienced the event before, but I heard a lot about it. Everyone told me that TEDMED would be unlike any other conference I’ve ever attended. And it was.

TEDMED 2013 Day 3: From Scuba Diving Wheelchair to Death Over Dinner

Date: 22, April 2013 | Author: Medgadget Editors | Publication: Medgadget

Day three of TEDMED 2013 kicked off with “Session X,” which was a special session focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, and consisted of a spirited panel discussion of two hot topics.

Tips from the trenches: 5 lessons for health tech entrepreneurs

Date: 18, April 2013 | Author: Ki Mae Heussner | Publication: Gigaom

Seasoned entrepreneurs and investors in health technology give emerging startups a dose of advice.

Mobile health startups talk innovation, acquisition

Date: 18, April 2013 | Author: Jonah Comstock | Publication: MobiHealthNews

The TEDMED organizers tried something new this year: they dedicated Thursday morning to some unscripted meetings of the minds about innovation in healthcare. 

Day 2 @ TEDMED 2013, Washington D.C. #LiveUpdate

Date: 18, April 2013 | Author: Alessandro Demaio, MD MPH | Publication: PLOS

There is a lot of discussion about data here at TEDMED 2013, and this is no great surprise. Big data, small data, open data, crowdsourced data – this is the information backbone of science and the key to breakthroughs and innovation.

TEDMED 2013 Day 1 – The Paradox of Design in Medicine and Inspiration from Seventy-Two Thousand Nadis

Date: 17, April 2013 | Author: Medgadget Editors | Publication: Medgadget

We’re here at TEDMED 2013, excited to be part of a unique group of people passionate about the future of medicine and curious to walk the path that will take us there. We’ll be reporting through the rest of the week on the talks, demos, and people that make TEDMED the world’s premier medical conference.

The road to #TEDMED 2013 via Twitter

Date: 15, April 2013 | Author: KATHLEEN POULOS | Publication: In Crowd Know How

During the run up to TEDMED we've been following the chatter on Twitter and thought a few highlights from the last couple of weeks would be a good way to set the stage for TEDMED 2013.

A Glimpse into The Smartphone Physical

Date: 15, April 2013 | Author: Shiv Gaglani | Publication: Medgadget

This week at TEDMED 2013, Medgadget is excited to partner with Nurture, TEDMED, and a team of clinician-students to debut the “Smartphone Physical,” a collection of smartphone-based devices that can gather clinically-relevant information, ranging from blood pressure to pulmonary function. We’re excited because we’ve been covering many of these devices from their birth to their adoption, and are now reporting on their integration into a whole that is larger than the sum of its individual parts.

TEDMED 2012 Highlights and some Ideas for Community Building

Date: 23, April 2012 | Author: Stephen Johnston | Publication: Aging 2.0

I was lucky enough to go to my third TEDMED event recently. Following the previous two at the delightful Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, this was the first that Jay Walker had created in keeping with his vision to make it the Davos of healthcare, and I have to say, it’s on its way

How I Fell In Love at TEDMED

Date: 16, April 2012 | Author: Marya Zilberberg, MD | Publication: The Health Care Blog

Over the exhilarating four days this past week, we all fell in love a little bit — with the city, the Center, the meeting, the ideas, and one another. The city was Washington, DC, a touch past its cherry-blossom blush; the meeting was, of course, TEDMED

The 4 I’s of TEDMED 2012: Innovation, Imagination, Inspiration, and Icons

Date: 13, April 2012 | Author: Patricia Salber | Publication: TDWI

TEDMED: How to Succeed in Healthcare

Date: 13, April 2012 | Author: Adam P. Silverstein | Publication: WCG

Here’s the secret to succeeding in business. Ready? First, make a good product that works well and is delivered efficiently. Second, never forget how important your customers are, or you’ll lose them. Repeat

TEDMED and Innovation in Healthcare

Date: 12, April 2012 | Author: Jason Brandt | Publication: Pixels & Pills

How important is innovation in healthcare? If you listent to the attendees of this year’s TEDMED conference it’s one of the top priorities for our industry

Medicine Needs a Dose of Creative Thinking

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Susan Young | Publication: Technology Review

Oncologist and theoretician Jacob Scott argues that creative minds are weeded out by medical school admissions panels

TEDMED 2012 Recap

Date: 15, April 2012 | Author: Alejandro Marcano | Publication: MedCrunch

Like children who were suddenly forced to go home after spending three and a half days in Disney World, the delegates slowly made their ways towards the exit of the J.F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts as one of the greatest conferences for healthcare innovation concluded

TEDMED 2012 Day 1 – Acrobats, Identity, and Einstein’s Ritalin

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Shiv Gaglani | Publication: MedGadget

Medgadget is at TEDMED 2012 in Washington D.C. and we’re excited that we did not have to wait a full year to experience the magic again. Though it’s only been six months since TEDMED 2011 in San Diego, much more has changed than the venue and season

Can the Innovator Class Save Healthcare?

Date: 16, April 2012 | Author: David Ewing Duncan | Publication: The Atlantic

TEDMED brought a relentless optimism about healthcare reform to a city of tired ideas. More is needed, however, to make a difference in Washington, DC

Scientists become superstars as TEDMED moves to Washington

Date: 14, April 2012 | Author: Brian Vastag | Publication: The Washington Post

Somewhere it is written that the nerds shall inherit the Earth. They got off to a good start last week by taking over the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for three days of provocation and performance art aimed at spreading new ideas among the well-connected and influential in the worlds of health and medicine

First Impressions of Our Future Health: Thoughts From TEDMED 2012

Date: 13, April 2012 | Author: Dr. Cindy Haines | Publication: Huffington Post

This week, I have seen a potential future of the nation's health -- and heard from and interacted with some of the players that are trying to impact and improve it

TEDMED 2012 Liveblog

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Sarah Klein | Publication: Huffington Post

From April 10 to 13, Healthy Living editors join some of the most creative and innovative minds in the health and medical field for TEDMED 2012 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C

TEDMED Thursday: Sex, 'Poo Tea' and ALS

Date: 11, April 2012 | Author: Scott Hensley | Publication: NPR

It takes more than a convoy of fire engines and an evacuation of the Kennedy Center first thing to stop TEDMED

Medical Tattoo Looks to Replace Bulky Devices

Date: 12, April 2012 | Author: Lara Salahi | Publication: ABC News

Gone may be the days of substantial and at times clunky medical objects like a hard metal pacemaker placed next to the heart or electrodes implanted within the brain

A Taste of #TEDMED 2012: Appetizers

Date: 17, April 2012 | Author: Judy Stone | Publication: Scientific American

TEDMED 2012 had it all. What seemed initially like disparate sessions later proved to be a carefully planned series that wove together important themes for making a healthier future

TEDMED 2011 is Over — What Now?

Date: 04, November 2011 | Author: Kate Petty | Publication: Ashoka Changemakers

Exoskeletons, prosthetic eyes, and an open-heart surgery tool controlled by an iPhone: Last week's TEDMED 2011 conference delivered its trademark glimpse into the future of technology, medicine, and ideas.

TEDMED speakers say it's time to start harnessing power of new technologies

Date: 26, October 2011 | Author: Elizabeth Malloy | Publication: The Daily Transcript

If the last 30 years have been a whirlwind of medical and technological advancements, a theme at this year's TEDMED conference has been harnessing that innovation and putting it to use.

TEDMED 2011 A Neurosurgeon's Take

Date: 02, November 2011 | Author: Dr. Allen Sills | Publication: Vanderbilt Health

Dr. Allen Sills, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center neurosurgeon, offers his take on TEDMed 2011. Sills was among a team of Vanderbilt surgeons and engineers attending the gathering of thought leaders in technology, medicine and health.

TEDMED Day 4 – Nano Shapes and Confronting Death

Date: 31, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

TEDMED 2011 finished up with a short morning session for attendees to learn just a little bit more before they checked out of the Del and headed out of San Diego. On the whole, the TEDMED crew once again pulled off a spectacular conference.

TEDMED Day 3 – Mushroom Loving Insects and FDA Blues

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

We’re here at TEDMED 2011 and have just finished up day three of the conference. It was a spectacular. Yesterday (day 2) was solid and today (day 3) was stellar.

TEDMED Day 2 – Glow in the Dark Tumors that Blind Rats Can Now See

Date: 27, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

We’ve just wrapped up day two at TEDMED, retiring to our rooms after a beach clambake at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado.

TEDMED Day 1 – Pop it, Lock it, and Take a Statin

Date: 26, October 2011 | Author: Sean Duffy | Publication: medGadget

Medgadget's coverage of TEDMED has one simple goal: to give you a synopsis of each day so that you can get the TEDMED highlights from afar.

Health is a system. To solve for health, we must address food, cities, government, work, life, medicine, devices, pathogens, etc. Systems thinking is a shift for many scientists and doctors trained to operate by process of elimination, honing in on a single thing.

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Margaret Coughlin | Publication: Vector – Children's Hospital Boston's Blog

A core ideal of the TEDMED conference. I’m in a senior strategic marketing position at Children's Hospital Boston, in a healthcare world in dire need of solutions. What can I do as an individual to spark disruption, change the course?

TEDMED 2011: 10 Takeaways

Date: 01, November 2011 | Author: Sara Holaubek | Publication: Luminary Labs

Health is a system. To solve for health, we must address food, cities, government, work, life, medicine, devices, pathogens, etc. Systems thinking is a shift for many scientists and doctors trained to operate by process of elimination, honing in on a single thing.

Open Heart Surgery of the Future

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Gitika Ahuja | Publication: ABC News

More than half a million people in the U.S. undergo heart surgery every year. It has become a common and mostly successful surgery, but whenever I hear how it's actually done, it shocks me.

How to innovate? Be fearless

Date: 26, October 2011 | Author: Elizabeth Landau | Publication: CNN Health

Peter Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE, believes there is about to be a revolution in how we innovate.

Coming to a Computer Near You… Your Body in 3-D

Date: 28, October 2011 | Author: Gitika Ahuja | Publication: ABC News

Think of it as Pixar meets the National Institutes of Health: A new health initiative designed by internationally renowned art director and technologist Alexander Tsiaras and wellness Guru Dr. Deepak Chopra that aims to visually decipher through images and storytelling all the things going on inside the human body, or as Tsiaras puts it, the marvel of how we are made.

Mushrooms Help the Immune System Fight Cancer? Interview with Paul Stamets, Mycologist

Date: 02, November 2011 | Author: Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Publication: The Huffington Post

When many of us think of mushrooms, we may think of culinary delights such as Portobello and Shiitake, or we may think of those "magic mushrooms." But the implication of mushrooms is absolutely profound.

Top 3 Good-for-Your-Health Gadgets

Date: 27, October 2011 | Author: Gitika Ahuja | Publication: ABC News

Here in the Social Lounge at TedMed 2011 are booths everywhere highlighting new, emerging technologies all geared to help us all live better lives. Here is a sneak peak at a few health lifestyle apps that will soon hit the market.

TEDMED: A whole bunch of genius

Date: 25, October 2011 | Author: Elizabeth Landau | Publication: CNN Health

Where can you learn about the latest innovations in technology, science, health and medical research from the people behind the discoveries – some of the most influential thought leaders in their fields? At TEDMED, the annual meeting of minds...

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