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Why your doctor should know where you have lived

Genes and how you live are important to good health—but where you live is also critical, and its importance has been overlooked in the past. At the TED MED conference yesterday, Bill Davenhall, global marketing manager, health and human services solutions at ESRI, a geographic information system developer, made a compelling plea to add a history of places to medical information that doctors review...

October 28, 2009 — Mariette DiChristina

Medicine looks ahead at TED MED

“If you open your minds and let your imaginings run wild, you can see.” J. Craig Venter, the genomic scientist and founder of the J. Craig Venter Institute, was speaking yesterday about the potential for techniques involved in the field of synthetic life to improve medicine, but his words could have been applied to the all the talks during the opening session of TED MED (“TED” is for technology, entertainment, design)...

October 28, 2009 — Mariette DiChristina

Could too many home workers during a pandemic cripple the Internet?

Telecommuting has long been touted as an effective way to alleviate rush-hour traffic congestion (and pollution), help companies save money by using less office space and resources, and provide workers with a great deal of flexibility in their schedules...

October 27, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Microsoft Windows 7 has mixed reviews

As Microsoft unleashes Windows 7 on the world Thursday, the consensus among those who have already taken the new operating system out for a spin is that while it's no PC panacea, at least it's not a repeat of the mistakes Microsoft made with Vista, which was launched in January 2007...

October 22, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

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