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Dr Eric Topol was named #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare."While others debate arcane legal points and the philosophical slippery slopes pertaining to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Topol instead writes about how 'a propitious convergence of a maturing Internet, ever-increasing bandwidth, near-ubiquitous connectivity, and remarkable miniature pocket computers in the form of mobile phones' are taking physicians and patients where no one has gone before."    Modern Healthcare

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Dr Eric Topol explains: "The main thing is that there are these remarkable new tools that are hyperinnovative. People are already putting data on social networks, comparing genomic data and competing for the best quality sleep, best blood glucose. It will really take off if consumers are driving this via the power of their social networks. This radical transformation to a higher plateau of medicine is inevitable."

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Humanity has landed robots on Mars and invented technologies capable of building materials from atoms up. But when exploring the iciest continent on Earth, humans are often surprisingly low-tech.

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Deep furrows on Antarctica's floating ice shelves mark arch-shaped channels melted out under the ice. Thinner ice floats lower, and researchers can read the corrugated surface topography like a map that mirrors what lies beneath.  Now, a new study published Oct. 6,2013  in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests that in some spots, these surface scars also signal where water drains from beneath Antarctica's giant ice sheets. "These features on the ice shelf are very long, so it suggests the water is flowing quite steadily and consistently over time," said Anne Le Brocq, lead study author and a glaciologist at the University of Exeter in England. 

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Foot cream causes HIV-infected cells to 'commit suicide,' study says.  Ciclopirox, an anti-fungal medicine, eradicated the AIDS-causing virus from cell cultures by shutting down the cell's 'powerhouse,' according to researchers from Rutgers' New Jersey Medical School. The method still has to undergo clinical tests on humans, but experts say the fact that it's already FDA-approved may speed up the process.

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A cream often prescribed to treat nail fungus could have a revolutionary secondary use.  Ciclopirox, a topical anti-fungal drug, was found to eradicate HIV from infected cell cultures, according to a new study.  

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The German-born physicist Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955), developed the first of his groundbreaking theories while working as a clerk in the Swiss patent office in Bern. After making his name with four scientific articles published in 1905, he went on to win worldwide fame for his general theory of relativity and a Nobel Prize in 1921 for his explanation of the phenomenon known as the photoelectric effect.

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Advances in fields such as artificial intelligence, wireless sensing, imaging diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, and molecular biology will enable better choices in when, where, and how individuals receive care, thus making healthcare more convenient, affordable, and accessible. The winner will be the team whose technology most accurately diagnoses a set of diseases independent of a healthcare professional or facility, and that provides the best consumer user experience with their device.

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The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, making reliable health diagnoses available directly to "health consumers" in their homes.