Wellness

What cities can do with social safety nets (and data) to reduce opioid addiction and deaths

10/12/2017

Opioids (both prescribed and illegal) cause more than 33,000 accidental deaths annually in the U.S. While city medical and social service agencies have committed to finding new ways to treat addiction, it's an extremely difficult task for several reasons. Read on to learn about new approaches, the challenges to implementing them and why data is essential.

New study finds number of U.S. deaths from opioid overdoses may be under-reported

08/08/2017

If the opioid crisis wasn't bad enough already, a new study out of the University of Virginia suggests deaths from drug overdoses may be 24% higher in the U.S. than originally reported. Read more on that, why it matters and new efforts to curb the crisis.

How 5 cities are using technology to reduce the harmful effects of dirty air

08/08/2017

Outdoor air pollution claims 1.3 million lives every year. Children are particularly at risk. And the number of deaths is expected to rise due to climate change. Read how cities from Hamburg to Oakland are using data, sensors and some novel technologies to reduce death and disease from dirty air.

How breastfeeding helps moms, babies and entire communities (and the role tech plays)

08/02/2017

The nutritional benefits of breastfeeding are pretty well known. But what about the economic advantages? Reports suggest that every $1 invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns. Read more about global efforts to encourage breastfeeding – and how technology is helping.

From the UK: A glimpse at fascinating new technologies with life-changing potential

07/19/2017

A post from the UK offers a fascinating glimpse at 24 technologies that could potentially improve a lot of lives. We provide a peek at five that are focused on wellness, including a Skype-like app for older folks and 3D printed bionic hands for amputees.

Battling diabetes: Tech giants, inventors, mayors and service clubs are on the front lines

07/10/2017

As the world’s diabetes epidemic worsens, IBM, Qualcomm and Microsoft technologies have joined the battle. Columbus, Georgia’s mayor has signed on. So have 47,000 Lions Clubs. And then there's Dana Lewis; don't miss what she's doing to help diabetes sufferers like herself.

How tech powers community-based agriculture (and access to healthy local food)

06/20/2017

From hydroponic greenhouses near supermarkets to tech-powered farms that come out of a box to a UK app that links producers to consumers, technology is advancing agriculture in new and novel ways. It's also enabling better access to healthy, locally grown foods.

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