MedTech Boston: A panel of venture capitalists, clinicians, researchers and healthcare industry leaders struggled to choose between business prowess and medical influence at the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation Tank event, which took place on October 31, 2014 as part of the hospital’s “Taking on Tomorrow” Global Pediatric Innovation Summit.
MedTech Boston: What if brain training technology could be noninvasive, clinically effective and engaging? That’s the question Eddie Martucci and Eric Elenko asked themselves in 2011. Both men had an interest in the brain – in modulating the central nervous system, to be exact. But all the existing options for cognitive improvement seemed to be invasive procedures or talk therapy. So in an effort to help people train their brains in a new way, Martucci and Elenko decided to look toward the entertainment world.
MedTech Boston: Each year, the Innovation Fellows program at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care selects doctors to focus on one of America’s biggest healthcare puzzles: primary care. The fellows create communities of clinician innovators and mentors, promote cross-disciplinary collaborations, and lead innovations in diabetes, depression management, group visits, health information technology, and much more.
MedTech Boston: When Stephanie Shine, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nurse, delivered her son Samuel 3.5 months before his intended due date, he weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces. She delivered him early at BWH due to severe preeclampsia and became incredibly sick after the delivery, which meant that she couldn’t see Sam for the first 18 hours of his life. “I was overwhelmed by the extreme sense of helplessness,” Shine remembers. “But my sister came to visit from California a few weeks after his birth and she brought Glass with her.”
Boston magazine: It’s 7:50 a.m. and Brookline is relatively quiet—except for the line beginning to form outside of Clear Flour Bread. The bread bakery opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends, but even on weekdays, people are drawn to the shop by both routine and the smell of freshly baked buns. Lines always form before the doors open.
Boston magazine: It’s the final day of HackFit, a hackathon in Cambridge, and the energy at the Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center is high. As teams anxiously wait to present their final pitches, one man drops to the floor to complete a series of pushups in the corner of the room. Then, another man begins to run laps. One team is meditating together in the corner, while a jittery man in a suit is pacing up and down the hall, repeating his pitch in a low whisper. He pauses every few seconds to wipe the sheen of sweat off his forehead.
Boston magazine: When children are diagnosed with dyslexia, it’s often because their teachers notice that they are struggling in school. But a new research project from MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital could change that by identifying dyslexia in children through the use of brain scans before they even start school.
Boston magazine: Sonya Iverson focuses on a spot straight ahead of her as she makes her way across the taunt, thin strap tied to two trees. Maintaining a steady pace, she pushes herself through a variety of tricks before reaching the other side of the line and hopping off, going virtually unnoticed by the smattering of runners who make their way down the Esplanade’s paved paths. Iverson, a Boston University graduate student, isn’t a tight rope walker in the circus. However, she’s practicing the art of something closely related to the circus stunt: slacklining.
Boston magazine: If you’re like us, you’d rather spend your summer days relaxing and enjoying the sun than heading to the gym. But what if you could do both? Instead of abandoning your plans to work out and opting for lunch on Newbury Street, grab a bike and take it for a spin on a destination bike ride or around the city —you’ll get a workout while relaxing and exploring. If you’re a member of Boston’s Hubway program, you can simply pick up a bike on your way down the street. If you need a bike and you don’t own one, there are plenty of rental shops around the city as well.
Boston magazine: Yesterday, we survived a Tough Mudder. Over the course of five hours, we ran 12 miles, climbed up (and down) Gunstock Mountain’s slippery, steep slopes four times, and conquered 20 different obstacles along the way. Think you could do it? Here’s what you should expect.
Humor and quick wit go hand in hand (or should we say tongue in cheek?). Considering the sheer volume of brilliant minds that call Boston home, it’s no wonder that the city’s comedy scene is one of the most vibrant in the country. Created by six Boston University students, Boston Laughs is a website that navigates Beantown’s comedy culture through multimedia elements.