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This year's Health 2.0′s Code-a-thon led to a Twitter app that may prevent suicide, a disaster triage smartphone app and tools for remotely reading medical tests. Read about the 2012 award winners from one of the competition's judges.

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What are the "unmentionables" in healthcare and technology? A public health doctor weighs in from this week's Health 2.0 conference.

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Can computer applications make people healthy (and companies profitable)?  The quest is on to develop a game-changer like Farmville.

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Tainted melons and beef renew attention to food safety, paying more for healh insurance, six must-read health policy studies and more from our Daily Briefing.

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A new start-up is mining the FDA's adverse event data for medications and finding potentially dangerous patterns that the regulatory agency hasn't addressed — but should.

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Can you change healthcare in just 28 hours? Can a team of programmers save lives and change the world? Check out their worthy attempts from the Health 2.0 Code-a-thon.

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

Health Reform: It’s official: a federal judge finally rules that the . The ruling was hailed as a victory for the Obama administration because it’s the first to dismiss a constitutional challenge on its merits rather than a technicality. The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman has the story.

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In the intersection of online communities and health, Health 2.0 focused a session on behavior change. With so many of our chronic diseases due to lifestyle choices, online communities and tools hold the promise to help people make small, hard, and sustained incremental steps. The session reviewed some recent approaches, and the key to their success.

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