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An excellent case study in the effect of junk science on the mass media. Read it and weep.
“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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The latest edition of the weekly Wearable Tech Insider podcast is now available. This includes my contribution of news from the Health Tech Insider (www.healthtechinsider.com) website.
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Here's a great infographic about the soft skills that employers want. I think "Communication" ranks lower on this than what I've seen on other studies, but the general message is consistent. And note that "team-oriented" means that you can be an effective leader as well as a productive follower, depending on what role you need to fill. The best way to show a potential employer that you have these skills is to be able to tell about what you have actually accomplished in the past, not what you intend to do in the future.

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60% of people wear glasses (or contact lenses or have had corrective eye surgery.) So what would make a useful platform for a wearable Health Tech device that people could wear all day, every day, without being conspicuous or intrusive? How about glasses? One of the largest manufacturers of eye wear is building a prototype system that could track a range of biometric factors for fitness and health.
According to Global Eyesight Now, six out of 10 people in the world wear glasses or corrective lenses (or have had corrective surgery). For the majority of these people their days start by putting on a pair of glasses and end by taking them off. VSP Global is one of the leading manufacturers of eye …
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Sage advice from friend and colleague +Esther Schindler about dealing with negative online comments. She's one of the most skilled and experienced online community facilitators/moderators I have ever known.
Here’s a question I hear at least weekly: As an entrepreneur, how do you deal with negative comments on your company's social media pages and blogs?
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This is very cool. "Wireless" doesn't have to mean electromagnetic, after all. I worry a little about the "beyond the range of human hearing" part. As a teenager, I occasionally ran red lights in D.C. because the "ultrasonic" traffic monitors hurt my ears a lot, even with the windows rolled up. Fortunately, I no longer have to worry about hearing dog whistles.
The Chrome extension broadcasts addresses through sound that's inaudible to humans.
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What will happen if our wearable Health Tech devices cry "Wolf!" too often? It's possible that users will be trained to ignore the alerts that could be important to their health if they are subjected to too many false alarms.
An article in Tech Cheat Sheet asks the question “Do Flaws in Technology Make Medicine Less Safe?” The author examines the growing use of electronic health records (EHR) and their potential role in errors in diagnosis or treatment. While they are intended to help healthcare providers share important information about patients and reduce errors due …
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This is important. If you use a phone or the Internet, you might want to read this. Friend and colleague +Wayne Rash sorts through what is about to happen to the Patriot Act. The surprise ending is that compromise and cooperation between the parties may actually prevail, which I take as a hopeful sign.
 
The US Senate waited until the final hours of the last day before it went into recess, and then failed to pass the Patriot Act, to extend the Patriot Act, and it failed to pass the Freedom Act, which was intended to fix the Patriot Act. Now Senators are being called back on Sunday, when they'll have a single afternoon to figure out what to do next. But no other bill is even in the pipeline. Maybe it'll just expire? http://www.eweek.com/security/patriot-act-mass-phone-metadata-collection-seem-destined-to-expire.html
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As I've been saying, it's not just the for-profit private colleges that are at risk of losing access to federally-guaranteed student loans. Webster University is a private non-profit, and the Department of Education has halted loans to students in the college's branch in London, England.

What would happen if your college lost access to federal student loans?
Dozens of students were unexpectedly stripped of their financial aid because Webster University ran afoul of U.S. Department of Education regulations.
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If colleges and universities think that they can just keep on doing what they've been doing and survive, they need to stop and smell the coffee. "Thirty states allocate some funding to colleges based on metrics, such as the time it takes to graduate, transfer rates, the number of degrees awarded and the number of low-income and minority graduates." #college   #career  
​Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says performance-based funding can be an incentive to help students graduate college on time and complete programs in-demend fields. Photo: Office of Sen. Teresa Paiva Weed. Page Content. ​The Rhode Island Senate wants to tie new state aid for ...
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A new survey shows that two-thirds of college graduates do not feel that college effectively prepared them for the workplace. This is nothing new, and a problem that is costing our nation billions of wasted dollars every year. #college   #career  
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"Contrary to common perception, workers age 50+ do not cost significantly more than younger workers." Furthermore, their experience, engagement, and retention may mean that they actually are more valuable to a company than younger workers.

Now, you must consider the source of this research (AARP), but my big take-away is this: young workers need to take individual responsibility for engagement and retention issues, or they risk delaying the time when they earn more responsibilities in the working world. They have to begin to deliver more value to their employers.
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