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Nathan DiNiro
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"Bop began with Jazz but one afternoon somewhere on a sidewalk maybe 1939, 1940, Dizzy Gillespie or Charlie Parker or Thelonious Monk was walking past a men’s clothing store on 42nd Street or South Main in L.A. and from a loudspeaker they suddenly heard a wild impossible mistake in jazz that could only have been heard inside their own imaginary head, and that is a new art. Bop." — Jack Kerouac (1959)
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So! It turns out Edward Snowden was not a lone voice in the wildnerness, but that many people within the NSA and other government positions were working along similar lines, staying within official channels. So does that mean we have some checks on abusive surveillance? Or does their failure just highlight the importance of Snowden going his route?

http://wapo.st/19j1lKU

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Pretty good summary of the pitfalls of ResearchKit. Big problems to solve.
Data access and control are still big, unsolved issues. Nice summary of my panel with +Ernesto Ramirez at SXSW.

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Nice to see health hacking make the front page of the Wall Street Journal
We usually tell people that makers are often dissuaded from playing in the health arena because "you'll shoot your eye out." Nevertheless, they are out there, they are doing good and they are responding the extreme health care circumstances. I'm having coffee Saturday morning and someone yells, hey Jose check on the front page of the WSJ! It's a story of a scattered group of patients, caregivers, a supermarket executive and hackers who did not take the health technologies given to them as the final blackbox solution.

The Nightscout is an extra wireless monitor for continous glucose monitors. That allows people to watch glucose levels of a patient over the Internet.

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The home-built setup is part of the shift in the way Americans relate to the medical industry and their own health. Technologically savvy patients are starting to tinker under the hood of medical contraptions, seeking more influence over devices that act like blood sugar monitors, insulin pumps and defibrillators that recording control bodily functions. Patients have been tweaking hearing aid so that they play music, using 3-D printers to make room prosthetics and fiddling with the device used to measure acidity levels in the esophagus.

DIY in medical technology is what we are all about at Little Devices but we can't be the only game in town which is why we are thrilled to see the story. For medical makers like John Costik, it's more than a clever intellectual high, it's a life changing experience of making in health for his little boy.

What I find encouraging is that we finally recognize a whole group of patients that go from empowered advocates of their care to empowered makers of their care. For everyone who's watched Lorenzo's Oil, this is no surprise, but the tools are getting faster and easier, and it's an exciting place to be for those of us encouraging transparent design in healthcare.

For the full story check out the Saturday Wall Street Journal. It's got everything: The passion patients tinkering away into the night, the contract engineer in India who solved a problem in 20 minutes, the FDA, and the voice of reason academic center (who has had research money from then medical device company).

I wish they would have asked the kids what they the ought of their hacker parents. But as some of the pictures show, they were just being kids. And that's the way it should be.
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These guys are pretty much on fire. You'll see services using their data for lowering the cost of meds coming to patients and physicians very soon!

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Great post about Huy Fong Siracha story making the rounds, now in MSM! Capsacin abatement;  an interesting environmental and PR consideration for the successful hot sauce entrepreneurs! The story also reveals interesting details of HF's business model.

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"[A] recent analysis of 6.8 million insured young adults, across 200,000 variable combinations, suggests that young adults may be more expensive to insure than we realize..."
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