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The countries with some of the healthiest diets in the world

The countries with some of the healthiest diets in the world | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

As global rates of Type 2 diabetes rise, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen to shine the spotlight on the disease this World Health Day. 

Some 422 millions people are currently living with diabetes, according to WHO. 

While Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition which is often inherited, Type 2 is the most common form and is can be caused by factors including obesity and age, which stop the pancreas from producing enough insulin to process sugar. 

Eating the correct foods, therefore, can help a person to avoid developing Type 2 diabetes. To mark World Health Day, here are some of the world's healthiest diets, which help to stave off chronic diseases like diabetes. 

 

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La France pourrait mieux négocier le prix des médicaments contre le cancer

La France pourrait mieux négocier le prix des médicaments contre le cancer | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
En comparaison de ses voisins, la France donne un accès plus rapide aux traitements innovants, mais baisse les prix tardivement.

Peut mieux faire. Alors que l'irruption des immunothérapies fait trembler les systèmes de soins, qui se demandent comment financer l'innovation thérapeutique, la Commission des comptes de la Sécurité sociale a regardé dans le rétroviseur pour voir comment s'en sortait l'Hexagone dans son bras de fer sur le prix du médicament. La comparaison avec ses voisins européens porte sur cinq pathologies cancéreuses. Verdict : « Du fait d'un recours plus rapide aux nouvelles molécules et de prix s'alignant plus tardivement quand de nouvelles molécules plus innovantes tendent à arriver, cela aboutit, sur la période 2004-2014, à un surcoût relatif des traitements en France comparativement aux autres pays européens. »

Au stade de la négociation initiale, la France ne brille pas par sa pugnacité : en 2004, le Royaume-Uni a obtenu 76 % du prix français sur l'Herceptin, 79 % sur le Glivec, 83 % sur l'Avastin. En Italie et au Canada, les prix y sont systématiquement moins élevés. Seuls les Etats-Unis, l'Australie et l'Allemagne paient éventuellement plus cher que la France.


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Il gelato artigianale? Non esiste

Il gelato artigianale? Non esiste | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Tra prodotto fresco e industriale c'è una grossa differenza che possiamo imparare a riconoscere, ma realizzare grandi quantità di gelato sul momento significa rinunciare – quasi sempre – all'artigianalità 100% .

Preparatevi allo shock: nel 65% delle gelaterie italiane si usano basi già pronte fornite dalle industrie di semilavorati. E' il dato che emerge da un'indagine telefonica condotta da Periscope per conto di Aiipa(Associazione italiana industrie prodotti alimentari). La “base” è composta da emulsionanti e stabilizzanti, quasi sempre di origine naturale, alla quale, poi, ogni gelatiere aggiunge tutto il resto: soprattutto latte, ma anche panna, zuccheri, a volte uova e burro, frutta fresca o surgelata o, nel caso delle creme, paste (ad esempio di cioccolato o nocciola). Senza questi semilavorati è difficile ottenere un gelato cremoso e che non si sciolga in pochissimi minuti.
 

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Participatory Design in Healthcare: Patients and doctors can bridge critical information gaps 

Participatory Design in Healthcare: Patients and doctors can bridge critical information gaps  | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Designing with input from users is especially valuable when creating complex and critical products for patients and their doctors.

Born in Scandinavia in the mid-1960s under the moniker "cooperative design," what we now call participatory design went through a number of changes, and can be seen influencing urban design, architecture, community planning, and placemaking, as well as landscape design, product design, sustainability, graphic design, software design, and healthcare. The combination of the last two elements is the subject of this article.

Most of us will agree that developing a model of a future healthcare IT product should involve professionals who are familiar with design thinking, and can apply usability best practices to design a solid product. But shaping a model or a concept of a healthcare product is too important and often too risky to leave to the UX designers alone.

The main issue is a lack of background knowledge and the completely different experiences of a designer and an actual user. Even close collaboration between the UX expert and a business analyst with a firm understanding of the market is not enough to prevent the product from having serious UX flaws. The level of responsibility becomes is even higher when designing for patients and encouraging them to become, “e-patients”.

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« Que faire contre les inégalités ? 30 experts s’engagent » : un ouvrage pour agir

« Que faire contre les inégalités ? 30 experts s’engagent » : un ouvrage pour agir | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
L'Observatoire des inégalités publie un ouvrage collectif rassemblant des propositions concrètes pour réduire les inégalités.

 

Et si l’on agissait au lieu de s’agiter ? En matière d’inégalités, l’écart entre les discours et les actes est trop grand. L’ouvrage de l’Observatoire des inégalités donne la parole à des chercheuses et chercheurs qui travaillent au quotidien sur ces questions depuis des années. Certains viennent de publier leurs premiers travaux, d’autres y ont consacré toute leur carrière professionnelle. De l’école aux revenus, en passant par les services publics, la santé ou les inégalités entre les femmes et les hommes, ils dessinent leur champ des possibles.

Économistes, sociologues, juristes, philosophes, démographes : l’ouvrage « Que faire contre les inégalités ? 30 experts s’engagent » rend justice à des travaux trop souvent méconnus des responsables politiques. Des chercheurs qui « trouvent », on en trouve pour peu que l’on cherche. Si ces femmes et ces hommes étaient autant écoutés que les pseudo-experts des plateaux télé, leurs propositions pourraient nourrir des politiques publiques plus conformes aux attentes de la population et redonner du sens à la politique.

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How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists - Jennifer Raff

How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists - Jennifer Raff | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

From vaccinations to climate change, getting science wrong has very real consequences. But journal articles, a primary way science is communicated in academia, are a different format to newspaper articles or blogs and require a level of skill and undoubtedly a greater amount of patience. Here Jennifer Raff has prepared a helpful guide for non-scientists on how to read a scientific paper. These steps and tips will be useful to anyone interested in the presentation of scientific findings and raise important points for scientists to consider with their own writing practice.

My post, The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (and the other readers) that their paper disproved everything that I’d been saying. While I encourage you to go read the comments and contribute your own, here I want to focus on the much larger issue that this debate raised: what constitutes scientific authority?

It’s not just a fun academic problem. Getting the science wrong has very real consequences. For example, when a community doesn’t vaccinate children because they’re afraid of “toxins” and think that prayer (or diet, exercise, and “clean living”) is enough to prevent infection, outbreaks happen.

“Be skeptical. But when you get proof, accept proof.” –Michael Specter

What constitutes enough proof? Obviously everyone has a different answer to that question. But to form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field. And to do that, you have to read the “primary research literature” (often just called “the literature”). You might have tried to read scientific papers before and been frustrated by the dense, stilted writing and the unfamiliar jargon. I remember feeling this way!  Reading and understanding research papers is a skill which every single doctor and scientist has had to learn during graduate school.  You can learn it too, but like any skill it takes patience and practice.

 

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Co-creation can foster synergy. Collaborative groups often fail to generate any new solution to the problem

Co-creation can foster synergy. Collaborative groups often fail to generate any new solution to the problem | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

How can we address social, environmental, political and health problems that are too big and too complex for any single person, organization or institution to solve, or even to budge? How can we pool our wisdom and work collaboratively toward purposes that are larger than ourselves?

In theory at least, co-creation generates innovative solutions that transcend what would otherwise be produced by the participants acting on their own. In other words, co-creation can foster synergy.

To maximize synergy, a co-creative group should include participants who understand the problem from all the relevant perspectives. The more complex the problem, the greater the number and diversity of stakeholders who should be included in the process. A broader range of perspectives and ways of thinking allows for a richer and more comprehensive analysis of the problem, as well as more innovative solutions that address more of the underlying factors.

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 Doctor, Don't Give Up on Me! Should a Doctor Decide When a Patient Has Had Enough Care?

 Doctor, Don't Give Up on Me! Should a Doctor Decide When a Patient Has Had Enough Care? | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

What makes physicians unique in our society is that they deal in matters of life and death, with a mission to save lives.

But when, if ever, should this mission wind down? Should a doctor back off from aggressive medical care when patients appear to be nearing death's door? Who should make this decision? The doctor? The patient? The patient's family, if the patient isn't able to? Society, because providing "heroic" care consumes costly—and finite—resources that might be more rationally or humanely used elsewhere?

 

What if a patient does not have—or has even explicitly refused—a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order, even though he may be in his 80s and immobilized by, say, a stroke, or she may appear to be in a persistently vegetative state? Should the doctor overrule the patient's or the family's wishes to prolong the patient's life on the basis the doctor's views about the remaining value of that life—or lack of it?

A recent Medscape article explored the ethical, philosophical, legal, and economic implications of such difficult issues. It pointed out that although many doctors today believe they are overtreating patients at the brink of death, a significant minority of patients don't want their doctors to give up on them, and sometimes they are not as near the end as their doctors initially thought.

The article cited several cases—a woman in her 80s in cardiac arrest, an infant with severe hematoma, and a young man on life support after a totally debilitating stroke—who were given terminal prognoses but whose families refused to give up on them, and who not only survived their ordeals but then thrived.

The article pointed out that the use of DNRs varied widely among doctors from one hospital to another; that doctors often had good reasons to push for a DNR (for example, cardiopulmonary resuscitation in cardiac or respiratory arrest in a frail, elderly patient can break ribs and often doesn't work); but that families also had good reasons to fear a DNR (which can set loved ones up for poorer care).

Doctors often overrule patients' wishes on DNRs, the article reported, and many doctors take a patient's nonverbal assent to a DNR (by simply not disagreeing, the patient is taken to agree), raising ethical and possibly legal questions about whether physicians are obligated to provide care when care is considered futile. This in turn raises the question, considered futile by whom? A small physiologic improvement might seem sufficiently beneficial to the patient, for example, although not to the doctor.

Nor are doctors always on the side of withdrawing care. Many doctors are on record as defending a patient's right to live when it is the family that wants to pull the plug. One legal scholar divides states into "red light," "yellow light," and "green light" categories based on how much control they give doctors over futility decisions. Texas, the only green-light state, permits clinicians to stop life-sustaining care without consent, as long as they stay within medical standards and allow disputes to be decided by a hospital ethics committee. Yellow-light states offer doctors some rights. Red-light states offer few, if any, rights.

The article prompted dozens of physicians to offer comments. Many doctors were sympathetic to patients' desire to cling to life for as long as possible, but quite a few took the opposite view: that death was a normal part of life and should be accepted—even embraced—with dignity.

"All patients deserve the last say. After all, it's their life," an internist observed. And we all get only one. I've seen many miracles." Continue Reading

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Susan Sontag on Storytelling, What It Means to Be a Moral Human Being, and Her Advice to Writers

Susan Sontag on Storytelling, What It Means to Be a Moral Human Being, and Her Advice to Writers | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Susan Sontag spent a lifetime contemplating the role of writing in both the inner world of the writer and outer universe of readers, which we call culture — from her prolific essays and talks on the task of literature to her devastatingly beautiful letter to Borges to her decades of reflections on writing recorded in her diaries. But nowhere did she address the singular purpose of storytelling and the social responsibility of the writer with more piercing precision than in one of her last public appearances — a tremendous lecture on South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer titled “At the Same Time: The Novelist and Moral Reasoning,” which Sontag delivered shortly before her death in 2004.

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Why Are We Discouraging Patients from Participating in Care? - MyIdealPtExp

Why Are We Discouraging Patients from Participating in Care? - MyIdealPtExp | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
The team at My Ideal Patient Experience was surprised and disappointed to read a letter in The Washington Post written by Debra Zalvan, Vice President of Marketing at a health care firm focused on patient engagement.  In the letter, Ms Zalvan states quite clearly that she believes (and we can assume it is the position of her company too) that “patients don’t want to be equal partners with their health-care providers”, but rather, “they want their physicians to take the lead in patient-provider communication”. While this may be the case with some patients, our own personal and collective experience does not bear out Ms Zalvan’s assertions. 
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Cancro: troppa disparità nell’accesso alle cure

Cancro: troppa disparità nell’accesso alle cure | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Sessanta giorni in più rispetto alla Francia e più di trecento rispetto a Germania a Regno Unito. Quelli italiani devono essere molto più “pazienti” degli altri. I malati oncologici del nostro Paese sono costretti a lunghe attese per accedere ai trattamenti innovativi, con preoccupanti differenze regionali. E l’occasione di porre fine alle discriminazioni sul nostro territorio presentata dalla riforma costituzionale è andata persa. 
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How pharma companies can better understand patients | McKinsey & Company

How pharma companies can better understand patients | McKinsey & Company | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Consumers have access to more healthcare information than ever. Here’s how pharmaceutical companies can better understand the way people make decisions about their care.

Consider the following: a 25-year-old, healthy male notices he is developing itchy, scaly patches of skin. He has not experienced anything similar before, so he goes online to do some research. Soon, he finds photos and descriptions that seem to match his symptoms and decides he has psoriasis. He pores over content in patient forums and reads strong views on which medications work best. He then makes a doctor’s appointment, and when the physician prescribes a typical ointment, he asks to be prescribed an injectable biologic instead, even though the physician feels his case is mild and is unsure his insurance company will reimburse the biologic.

 


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The brain dictionary

Where exactly are the words in your head? Scientists have created an interactive map showing which brain areas respond to hearing different words. The map reveals how language is spread throughout the cortex and across both hemispheres, showing groups of words clustered together by meaning. The beautiful interactive model allows us to explore the complex organisation of the enormous dictionaries in our heads.
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A good death should be doctors and patients' last life goal

A good death should be doctors and patients' last life goal | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

I treat some of the sickest patients admitted to hospital and making decisions about resuscitation is a routine part of my job. In addition to being a doctor, I am also younger brother to Neil, who has severe learning disabilities.

Communication is key in all aspects of healthcare, but particularly in end-of-life decisions. As doctors we are encouraged and obliged to discuss resuscitation with patients and, if appropriate, their families. In the vast majority of cases, a simple, honest conversation ensures that all parties are in agreement. As a more junior doctor, I shied away from bringing up what I considered a morbid subject. Why upset the jovial 85 year-old I’ve just admitted with talk of death? But now I realise that explaining the best and worse case scenarios is the right approach.

Cardiac arrest is an incredibly vast and complex topic. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is equally complicated. Yet unfortunately many people have an inaccurate perception of what resuscitation can achieve. Perhaps this is perpetuated by television and film, but the responsibility to educate lies with the medical profession.

We teach CPR to the public, which has been shown to lead to a huge improvement in recovery from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. These are patients that are well, but suddenly collapse due to their heart going into a dangerous rhythm. Most of these cases are due to heart problems such as a heart attack. In these patients CPR is vital and helpful in many cases. Nevertheless, many patients will not survive even with effective CPR.

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Women's health in the US is declining in 4 key ways, and researchers can't explain why

Women's health in the US is declining in 4 key ways, and researchers can't explain why | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
New data on obesity and suicides reveals disturbing trends in the health of American women.

 

American women are facing poorer health prospects on several fronts these days.

The latest study, published today in JAMA, looked at national trends in obesity and found a disturbing rise among adult women over the most recent decade, from 2005 to 2014. Meanwhile, the authors found that obesity rates among men had plateaued.

By 2014, that meant that 40 percent of women were obese, while 35 percent of men were. For morbid obesity (a body mass index of 40 or greater), the rates for women compared with men were even more startling: 5.5 percent of men were morbidly obese, while 10 percent of women were — a rate that had been rising over time.

In the analysis, the JAMA researchers tried to drill down to see whether the changes among women were related to any overall changes in education, smoking status, race, or age among the female participants. "None of those things explained the increase we saw," said Cynthia Ogden, one of the four study authors, who all conduct research at the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They called for more studies to figure out the reason for the trend.

Brian Elbel, a professor in population health and health policy at the NYU School of Medicine, said the obesity-in-women puzzle underscores the fact that as a society, we simply haven't figured out how to address or combat obesity. "We're still seeing plateaus and increases in the obesity rates," he said, "and we don't know why the plateaus happened, or why the increases happened."

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Healthcare Needs Some Big Time Disintermediation

Healthcare Needs Some Big Time Disintermediation | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Stanley Feld M.D., FACP, MACE What is disintermediation? Disintermediation is a process that provides a user or end consumer with direct access to a product, service or information that would otherwise require a mediator (middleman) such as a wholesaler
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Why are drug prices soaring? Policymakers aren't sure. It's time they find out

Why are drug prices soaring? Policymakers aren't sure. It's time they find out | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has proposed a modest step that could give state policymakers a clearer picture of rising prescription drug prices. His bill would require health plans to report the average prices of the top prescription drugs each year, while mandating that drugmakers give more advance notice and a fuller explanation when they raise prices by double digits or introduce a drug that costs more than $10,000 a year. The bill could conceivably tap the brakes on prescription drug price hikes by spurring health insurers to find less expensive alternatives to costly meds. The main effect, though, would be to give the public a better understanding of how much their prescription drug costs are rising, and why.
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Helping women take health into their own hands | Toronto Star

Helping women take health into their own hands | Toronto Star | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Accessing health information is as simple as keying a few search terms into your computer's browser. But can you trust the results — especially when it comes to women's health?

“There is a lot of unreliable information out there,” says Lili Shalev-Shawn, chief of communications and marketing at Women's College Hospital (WCH). And even if you search a credible online resource, Shalev-Shawn points out for women the information might not be as accurate as it should be.

“We know from research at Women's College Hospital and from other studies that women's health issues are not always taken into consideration when it comes to drug testing, clinical trials, treatment protocols and the like,” she says. “In fact, up until 1990, it wasn't a requirement to include women in such trials.”

That means even seemingly reliable health information does not necessarily take female physiology into consideration.

 

“Medical testing has historically been done on men,” says Shalev-Shawn, “so prescribing, for example, is based on men's physiology and doesn't take into account women's differences in body size, hormones and life stage — all of which can have an impact.”

 


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Pensiero Critico: le migliori lezioni sul "Pensiero Critico" presenti su TED-Ed - Critical Thinking Lessons | TED-Ed

Pensiero Critico: le migliori lezioni sul "Pensiero Critico" presenti su TED-Ed - Critical Thinking Lessons | TED-Ed | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
34 video lezioni e indovinelli sul Pensiero Critico - da TED-Ed Lessons

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In un post pubblicato il 20 maggio 2016 su Educational Technology and Mobile Learning viene segnalata una playlist che raccoglie 34 lezioni presenti su TED-Ed e dedicate al pensiero critico- Ho esplorato la Playlist che trovo molto interessante e utile per docenti e studenti di ogni età

PENSIERO CRITICO ORA PIU' CHE MAI 
Come ricorda il post di ET&ML il "pensiero critico" è forse una delle capacità più importanti tra quelle che vengono elencate come "abilità del XXI secolo" e lo è specialmente nel mondo della comunicazione digitale e del web. 

Qui infatti il fenomeno del sovraccarico informativo e cognitivo, potrebbe avere esiti nefasti e produrre il conformismo e l'idiozia di massa, qualora non fosse controbilanciato da una "cultura digitale" fondata sul pensiero critico. 

Una delle caratteristiche distintive più importanti del "Pensiero Critico" è infatti la capacità di vagliare l'informazione, soppesandola e valutandola, in modo da esercitare un'opera di filtraggio e selezione. 

LA RACCOLTA 
Come ricorda il post di ET&ML, il Pensiero Critico non è definibile in termini semplici, ma è uno strumento complesso per muoversi in una realtà complessa e comprende un insieme di capacità, competenze, abilità che a loro volta si suddividono e articolano in vari modi. 

Ciascuna delle lezioni dell'elenco è focalizzata solo su qualcuna di queste abilità e capacità. 
La raccolta comprende 34 video, per la maggior parte video lezioni di pochi minuti, in alcuni casi si tratta invece di conferenze di qualche decina di minuti. I temi affrontati sono i più diversi: 
1. indovinelli e enigmi da risolvere: l'indovinello della rana, il mistero del tempio, il dilemma di Einstein, 
2. lezioni sul pensiero critico: perché prendiamo decisioni irrazionali, 5 consigli sul pensiero critico, 
3. riflessioni filosofiche: il dilemma etico dell'auto senza autista, differenza tra legge e teoria scientifica, 
4. riflessioni di vario genere: che cos'è l'espressionismo astratto, Napoleone contro la storia, di che colore erano i dinosauri?

USARE I SOTTOTITOLI IN ITALIANO
Il principale problema nell'utilizzo di questi video potrebbe essere la lingua per chi, come me, non è in grado di comprendere molto bene l'inglese. Una soluzione efficace è quella di usare i sottotitoli. Tutte le lezioni sono pubblicate su YouTube, dunque sarà sufficiente cliccare in basso a destra sulle impostazioni
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Making evidence based medicine work for individual patients

Making evidence based medicine work for individual patients | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Margaret McCartney and colleagues argue that new models of evidence synthesis and shared decision making are needed to accelerate a move from guideline driven care to individualised care

A Google Scholar search using the term “evidence based medicine” identifies more than 1.8 million papers. Over more than two decades, evidence based medicine has rightfully become part of the fabric of modern clinical practice and has contributed to many advances in healthcare.

But many clinicians and patients have expressed dissatisfaction with the way evidence based medicine has been applied to individuals, especially in primary care.1 There is concern that guidelines intended to reduce variation and improve the quality of care have instead resulted in medicine becoming authoritarian and bureaucratic.2 Evidence generated from large populations has been distilled into large numbers of lengthy and technically complex guidelines. Guidelines in turn have been used to create financial incentive schemes such as the UK’s Quality and Outcomes Framework, whereby a substantial proportion of general practice income depends on achieving thresholds for drug therapy or surrogate outcomes in accordance with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. Not only do these thresholds exceed the limits of the evidence for many people but they also encourage clinicians to ignore the need to elicit and respect the preferences and goals of patients.

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What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.

Mindfulness and compassion — the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, and extending a loving awareness to others — are part of every religion and wisdom tradition, and we’re at last beginning to understand the profound impact that they have on the brain, says psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dr. Dan Siegel.

A pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, Siegel discussed the neuroscience of mindfulness and compassion during a keynote address to the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science’s Mind Science in Action Benefit Weekend earlier this month.

 

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Learning Chess at 40 - What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game.  Issue 36: Aging - Nautilus

Learning Chess at 40 - What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game.  Issue 36: Aging - Nautilus | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it
My 4-year-old daughter and I were deep into a game of checkers one day about three years ago when her eye drifted to a nearby table.

There, a black and white board bristled with far more interesting figures, like horses and castles. “What’s that?” she asked. “Chess,” I replied. “Can we play?” I nodded absently.


There was just one problem: I didn’t know how. I dimly remembered having learned the basic moves in elementary school, but it never stuck. This fact vaguely haunted me through my life; idle chessboards in hotel lobbies or puzzles in weekend newspaper supplements teased me like reproachful riddles.

And so I decided I would learn, if only so I could teach my daughter. The basic moves were easy enough to pick up—a few hours hunched over my smartphone at kids’ birthday parties or waiting in line at the grocery store. It soon became apparent, however, that I had no concept of the larger strategy. The chess literature was dauntingly huge, and achingly specific, with several-hundred-page tomes devoted to unpacking single openings.

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Empower patients to take ownership of their health (Wired UK)

Empower patients to take ownership of their health (Wired UK) | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

The necessary technology to disrupt healthcare is already available. The challenge now is to empower patients to take ownership of their health.

For most patients in healthcare, medicine has changed very little in the past few decades. However, attending Singularity University's annual Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego is enough to make it clear that the necessary technology to disrupt healthcare is already available.

The challenge now, according to Singularity University co-founder Peter Diamandis, is to make that technology available to patients, empowering them to take ownership of their own health.  

WIRED talked to Diamandis about the Human Longevity Institute, the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize and what exponential technologies mean for medicine.

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Women in Leadership: Why It Matters

It’s no secret that women have historically faced greater barriers than men when it comes to fully participating in the economy.

Across geographies and income levels, disparities between men and women persist in the form of pay gaps, uneven opportunities for advancement, and unbalanced representation in important decision-making.

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How Australia is losing the health fight

How Australia is losing the health fight | Co-creation in health | Scoop.it

Imagine telling the good folk of 1990 that in the near future, we’d be redesigning hospitals to accommodate the influx of obese patients.

Or that almost all of our sporting legends would be contractually obliged to advertise alcohol. Or most kids would be driven less than a kilometre to and from school.

Twenty-five years ago, these things were unimaginable. Yet, in 2016, here we are.

One might rightly ask how Australia’s health got so bad in such a short time, why our children are growing out before they grow up, and why nine out of 10 of us will die from a preventable disease.

 

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