In "Expanding WikiProject Medicine," fourth-year students at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine will edit health articles on Wikipedia this semester. And their class is one of the few in the U.S. that is updating medical Wikipedia pages.
A group of summer school students have developed a digital service that calculates a person’s risk of developing lifestyle diseases based on health indicators. The project is targeted at men between the ages of 30 and 60, who typically visit the doctor two weeks too late.
“The digital prototype that we have designed is dynamic, so the user can update their risk assessment by inputting their level of physical activity, their intake of food, alcohol and cigarettes, as well as their BMI. So if a user starts exercising 30 minutes a day, he will immediately notice that his chances of staying healthy improve. This type of self-monitoring works because it doesn’t use threats. Instead it offers a tool that is personal, relevant and easy to use.
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My first reaction - "do we need yet another social network?"
After reading about the philosophy of Zurker, my answer was "yes" - because it is one that is owned by the network members and responsive to needs of the network members, rather than being a centralized, corporate, profit-oriented, juggernaut.
Zurker is literally a member-owned application. You actually get shares in the company and so can profit from its growth.
And Zurker is driven by democracy. It's new - and still developing. Instead of changes being introduced top-down (whether you wanted the change or not) Zurker seeks out your ideas and feedback, so that their development team can develop the social application most in tune with what users actually want.
My gadgets don’t provide essential information I couldn’t get elsewhere, but they motivate me to pursue and sustain activities I might otherwise avoid – like regularly checking my blood pressure, or finding time for a run. They facilitate data sharing, whether with my doctor, as I’ve described, or with friends and family who can offer encouragement and motivation.
I don’t believe any device offers a magical answer to health and wellness; on their own, gadgets are unlikely to get the sedentary off the couch, or spark health vigilance from the apathetic.
But gadgets can help the many of us who just require a little nudge, helping the primed engage in healthier activities while sustaining the efforts of those who already there.
Most consumers are likely unaware of or uncomfortable with the idea of DNA sequencing, but 23andMe hopes to change that with its first TV ad campaign.
23andMe unveiled a new ad campaign Monday called Portraits of Health, which shows how people can use its $99 DNA testing kit to learn more about their own health. The genetics company plans to spend as much as $5 million this year to broadcast the ads.
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By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have for the first time created a functional human liver from stem cells derived from skin and blood and say their success points to a future where much-needed livers and other transplant...
Despite strong interest in mobile health (mHealth), consumer adoption of mobile health technologies remains limited.
While 9 in 10 Americans own a cellphone (and over half of them being smartphones) concerns about privacy and security, skepticism about app accuracy and a gap between consumers' wants and the industry's ability to deliver are all limiting factors to mHealth's widespread adoption.
But if consumers are comfortable with other mobile-enabled features (such as shopping, travel and banking), why not also in health care?
OrganJet Corporation announced in a press release today that users can now take advantage of an online tool to find kidney transplant centers that are close to home and have the lowest wait times. In the statement, OrganJet CEO Sridhar Tayur noted that the service is meant to bridge the gap between areas with an excess of usable kidneys and those in dire need of them. The company claims that anywhere from 500 to 2,500 kidneys are wasted per year, and that more than 5,000 patients die annually waiting for one.
"There is significant disparity in wait times... ranging from more than five years in such areas as New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington D.C. and California, while it is half that in such regions as Pittsburgh, Portland, Ore. and Madison, Wis.," said Tayur.
Healthcare is in the middle of a mobile revolution. Doctors are adopting mobile apps that make them more effective, and patients are taking to ones that give them more control over their healthcare. Here are 11 apps that stand out from the crowd.
Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.
The handheld biosensor was developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A series of lenses and filters in the cradle mirror those found in larger, more expensive laboratory devices. Together, the cradle and app transform a smartphone into a tool that can detect toxins and bacteria, spot water contamination and identify allergens in food.
Last month, 130 doctors, nurses, development workers, techies, government officials, and academics from 35 countries joined us on an exciting four-week journey through the latest developments in mHealth.
Three observations/trends emerged during the course:
"That Dragon, Cancer" is a biographical game, and the brainchild of Ryan Green.
Green's son, Joel, was diagnosed with an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (often called AT/RT) at the age of one. In the last three years, he has had seven different tumors, each aggressively treated by radiation, surgery or chemotherapy — all therapies rarely used on young children.
Each time, doctors gave Joel only a few weeks or months to live.
But three years later, Joel continues to survive. That's why Green chose to createThat Dragon, Cancer, a point-and-click adventure game that allows players a glimpse into life with a very sick child.
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