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THE US TELEHEALTH MARKET: The market, drivers, threats, and opportunities for incumbents and newcomers

  • This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.
  • Telehealth — the use of mobile technology to deliver health-related services, such as remote doctor consultations and patient monitoring — is enabling healthcare providers and payers to address the US healthcare industry's growing list of problems.
  • The proliferation and rapid advancement of mobile technology are spurring telehealth adoption, and many believe that 2018 could be the tipping point for the telehealth market.
  • In The US Telehealth Market, Business Insider Intelligence defines the opaque US telehealth market, forecasts the market growth potential and value, outlines the key drivers behind usage and adoption, and evaluates the opportunity telehealth solutions will afford all stakeholders.
  • We also identify key barriers to continued telehealth adoption, and discuss how providers, payers, and telehealth companies are working to overcome these hurdles.

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International money transfers hit $613 billion this year — here's what young, tech savvy users value most about them

  • This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.
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  • Business Insider Intelligence Remittances, or cross-border peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers, hit a record high of $613 billion globally in 2017, following a two-year decline.
  • And the remittance industry will continue to grow, driven largely by digital services.

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Rewards-related offerings are the leading driver of consumers' credit card choices — but they can be pricey for issuers

  • To make credit cards as valuable as they could be, and to bring returns back up, issuers need to direct their efforts not just toward becoming one of consumers' three cards, but also toward becoming their favorite card.
  • Rewards are more important than ever — three of the top four primary card determinants cited by respondents to a Business Insider Intelligence survey were rewards-related — so abandoning them isn't effective.
  • In The Consumer Cards Report, Business Insider Intelligence sizes the US consumer credit card market, explains why return on assets (ROA) is on the decline, highlights the importance of rewards in attracting customers, and lays out three next-generation rewards strategies that are popular among certain demographics, which issuers can implement to return their card business to profitability.

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Red wine's resveratrol decreases blood pressure in mice: Could it do the same in human heart patients?

  • Resveratrol caused the blood vessels to relax, leading to a decrease in blood pressure, because a protein called PKG1a in the vessel walls had been oxidized, the researchers explained.
  • No current blood pressure-lowering medications target this physiological pathway, the researchers said, adding that resveratrol, previously labeled an "antioxidant," is actually an oxidant: an atom that "takes" one or more electrons from another party in a chemical reaction.
  • The study also suggests that resveratrol's blood pressure-lowering abilities might be accentuated in those who need it most: heart disease patients.
  • The beneficial compound needs to be activated to oxidize the protein, and those activating compounds are found at higher concentrations in heart patients, the researchers explained.
  • Such a high dose was needed because resveratrol must be broken down to reach its target in the blood vessel wall, and it does not dissolve well, the study authors explained.

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Nearly three-quarters of bills will be paid digitally by 2022 — this is how banks can stay ahead of the trillion-dollar opportunity

  • Business Insider Intelligence That market is growing slowly, but it's changing fast — more than ever before, customers are moving away from paying bills via check or cash and toward paying online, either through their banks, the billers themselves, or using a third-party app.
  • Thanks to rising customer familiarity with digital payments, an increase in purchasing power among younger consumers more interested in digital bill pay, and a rise in digital payment options, nearly three-quarters of bills will be paid digitally by 2022, representing a big opportunity for players across the space.
  • And that's not poised to change unless banks do, since issuer bill pay is least popular among the youngest customers, who will be the most important in the coming year.
  • The Bill Pay Report from Business Insider Intelligence explains the US bill pay market, identifies the major inflection points for change and what's driving it, and provides concrete strategies and recommendations for banks looking to improve their digital bill pay offerings.

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Samsung’s AI animates paintings and photos without 3D modeling

  • Engineers and researchers from Samsung’s AI Center in Moscow and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have created a model that can generate realistic animated talking heads from images without traditional methods like 3D modeling.
  • The technology that focuses on synthesizing photorealistic head images and facial landmarks could be applied to video games, video conferences, or digital avatars like the kind now available on Samsung’s Galaxy S10.
  • In other forms of AI developed recently to mimic human faces, University of Washington researchers last year shared how they created ObamaNet, a lip sync model based on Pix2Pix trained on videos of the former U.S. president.
  • University of California, Berkeley researchers introduced a model last fall that uses YouTube videos to train an AI dataset to dance or make acrobatic moves like backflips.

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#helpAskDev: Real-time group project collaboration tools?

  • As a web developer with a long-time interest in accessibility, I'm exploring a few different angles for building a tool to address accessibility issues with online courseware (MOOC platforms, learning management systems, that kinda stuff).
  • So, I have a question for the community: are you aware of any software/web applications focused on long-distance group collaboration, such as for team projects and stuff?
  • To clarify, I'm not looking for a tool to use myself, I'm looking for tools to examine for accessibility, and I'm thinking about building an alternative myself.
  • So I'm especially looking for full-featured combination tools if they exist, especially tools specifically aimed at coursework and student group projects.
  • And to clarify further, I'm definitely also interested in more general solutions that are often used by student groups for collaboration on school projects (e.g. G Suite, Slack), so let me know what you've used, especially if you're a current student!

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A new study shows how to make 70% of anti-vaxxers change their mind on vaccination

  • Researchers from Brigham Young University in the US surveyed nearly 600 students with diverse positions on vaccination, and found that meeting a person with first-hand experience of a vaccine-preventable illness could provide an opportunity for a rethink.
  • To test the extent to which an emotional reminder of 'unfashionable' diseases could work, researchers solicited the help of 56 college students who admitted to being somewhat dubious about vaccines in a survey.
  • Getty Imges/Joe Raedle Of the 19 individuals who weren't studying vaccinations as part of their college curriculum and who also interviewed somebody who'd had a vaccine-preventable illness, 13 changed their minds in favor of vaccination.
  • But taken in line with the growing pool of research claiming human narratives need to be at the centre of health education, this study shows the role personal story-telling can play in controlling the spread of disease.

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Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

  • Most directly called for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition systems until Congress can pass legislation that adequately restricts and regulates the technology and establishes transparency standards.
  • And on Wednesday, the Colorado Springs Independent reported that between February 2012 and September 2013, researchers at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs took photos of students and other passersby without their consent, for a facial recognition training database as part of a government-funded project.
  • At Wednesday's House hearing, witnesses similarly emphasized that facial recognition technology isn't just a static database, but is increasingly used in sweeping, real-time, nonspecific dragnets—a use of the technology sometimes called "face surveillance." And given the major shortcomings of facial recognition, especially in accurately identifying people of color, women, and gender nonconforming people, the witnesses argued that the technology should not currently be eligible for use by law enforcement.

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Your seasonal allergies are getting worse because of high levels of carbon dioxide — here's why

  • According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, carbon dioxide (one of the greenhouse gases human activity emits that traps heat on the planet) increases plant growth rate.
  • Additionally, rising temperatures — caused by increasing carbon dioxide levels — make pollen-producing plants' growing seasons longer.
  • He told the Union of Concerned Scientists about another climate-related allergy problem: Plants use carbon dioxide to make food via photosynthesis, but extra carbon dioxide in the air leads pollen-spreading, allergy-inducing weeds to grow faster than "useful plants" like rice and wheat.
  • Warmer temperatures give ragweed longer growing seasons, enabling the plant to continue producing more pollen later into the fall.
  • Ragweed pollen could also become more allergenic as carbon-dioxide levels increase, according to the AAFA.
  • According to Annesi-Maesano, "it seems likely" that allergies will continue to get worse if carbon emissions keep rising.

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