Teen Invents Bra That Detects Early Stage Breast Cancer

Eighteen-year-old Julián Ríos Cantú is the CEO and co-founder of Higia Technologies. After nearly losing his mother to breast cancer, he decided to invent something to help women detect breast cancer early on, so he designed ‘Eva’. Eva is a bra that uses tactile sensors to map the surface of the breast and monitor texture, color and temperature. In an interview, Julián said: “When I was 13 years old, my mother was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer. The tumor went from having the dimensions of a grain of rice to that of a golf ball in less than six months. The diagnosis came too late and my mother lost both of her breasts and, almost, her life.”

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Article Source: The Huffington Post

Which Meditation Mobile App Is Right for You?

Modern life can make us feel anxious, overwhelmed, and unhappy. So what can we do to relax and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives? Meditation may provide the answer. Meditation is an ancient, holistic practice, which brings us into the present, soothes our worries, and improves our overall well-being. It helps lower our blood pressure, alleviates several gastrointestinal disorders, and relieves anxiety and insomnia. With almost 1,000 apps available, knowing which one to choose can be challenging. Here are some of the best meditation apps available for both iOS and Android devices:

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Article Source: MedicalNewsToday

Zappos Launches Adaptive Clothing Line for People With Disabilities

Adaptive clothing that offers style, fit, and comfort is gaining more and more attention. ‘Zappos Adaptive’ features a clothing line for adults and children that are tagless, reversible, have elastic waistbands, and super-soft fabric with no buttons. Everyone has sensory preferences, and individuals with autism, for example, have preferences that can distract or upset them to the point where it interrupts daily functioning. Julie Beasley, a child neuropsychologist and director of UNLV’s Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions, says that Zappos is the first mainstream retailer she’s seen that offers clothing that specifically caters to people with disabilities.

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Predictive Tool Can Help Identify Veteran Patients at Highest Risk for Suicide

A new predictive tool developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses a series of algorithms to determine the 0.1% of veteran patients at highest risk for suicide. In collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health, an analytic model was designed to pinpoint high-risk patients based on the whole scope of their records. “Instead of trying to understand relationships between specific risk factors and suicide, we decided to take everything that we might think was related to suicide, put it into a model, and identify the individuals who are at elevated risk,” said John F. McCarthy, director of the VA’s Serious Mental Illness Treatment, Research, and Evaluation Center.

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Article Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Blind Man Uses VR and AR Technologies to Re-Experience Wedding Day

Andrew Airey suffers from Stargardt Disease, a genetic disorder that causes loss of vision in both eyes. Andrew’s recollections of his wedding day are blurry, so while guests experienced the full beauty of his nuptials, he missed the flowers, cake, and the sight of his bride walking down the aisle. Assistive technology company eSight fitted Andrew with a pair of goggles that incorporates virtual reality and augmented reality technology to deliver views of the outside world to the wearer’s eyes. With Airey’s vision newly enhanced, agency KBS set about re-creating his wedding day, bringing together the same guests in the same venue, and broadcasted the whole event on Facebook Live.

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Article Source: MM&M

High School Student with Down Syndrome Running a Successful Online Business

John lives with his parents, Mark & Carol Cronin, in Huntington, NY where attends high school for half of the day, then studies retail and customer service in the afternoon at Wilson Tech. He has Down syndrome, but it hasn’t held him back. He’s the co-founder and face of ‘John’s Crazy Socks’, an online sock store. He and his father have grown their total sales from $14,700 in December to $350,000 in March. In fact, they’ve grown so fast, they had to move to a bigger building. The company makes sure to spread happiness to others in need: 5% of John’s profits goes to the Special Olympics; they also donate to the The National Down Syndrome Society and The Association For Children With Down Syndrome.

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Article Source: TIME Money

Consumers (Still) Prefer More Human Interaction When It Comes to Customer Service

A recent Digital Tipping Point survey showed that all consumers — even digital natives — preferred more human interaction when it comes to customer service. Research also showed that organizations that rely too heavily on digital channels risk missing out on building long-term, meaningful relationships with their customers. Interacting with a brand requires convenience, context, empathy, emotional intelligence, and an ability to process broad sets of information. All of these things can be difficult to provide through a fully digital experience. Organizations miss out on opportunities to provide consumers with more efficient experiences by minimizing or removing the human customer service option.

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Article Source: CMSWire