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Method of recording brain activity could lead to mind-reading devices

Method of recording brain activity could lead to mind-reading devices | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
A brain region activated when people are asked to perform mathematical calculations in an experimental setting is similarly activated when they use numbers—or even imprecise quantitative terms, such as 'more than'— in everyday conversation,...
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Why scientists are making brain cells from skin - Futurity

Why scientists are making brain cells from skin - Futurity | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Researchers can now make brain cells from the skin cells of patients with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, to better study the fatal disease.

The team used a genetic engineering technique to convert patients’ adult skin cells into “induced pluripotent stem cells,” which can then be coaxed into becoming brain cells.

“We make brain cells out of the patient’s own skin,” says Jeffrey Rothstein, professor of neurology, who directs the Brain Science Institute and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University.

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The Promise Of Invisibles

The Promise Of Invisibles | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Flight or invisibility? The age-old question about which superpower one would choose unveils a preference for either showboating or stealth. When the same..
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Intersting article. Although the understanding of why we wear objects could be expanded. 

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If… Game Co-founder: It’s Time for Games that Teach Empathy

If… Game Co-founder: It’s Time for Games that Teach Empathy | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

If… Co-founder Berlinski: “The climate is ripe for video game companies and investors to make money on empathy-building games…”

 

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7 Sci-Fi Inspired Medical Devices | Qmed

7 Sci-Fi Inspired Medical Devices | Qmed | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Qmed (formerly Medical Device Link) is the world's first completely prequalified supplier directory and news source for medical device OEMs. Find medical device suppliers and IVD suppliers who are FDA-registered, ISO 13485- and ISO 9001-certified. Qmed is also the home of Medical Product Manufacturing News and the most relevant breaking news for the medical device industry.
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Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently - Smashing Magazine

Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently - Smashing Magazine | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Elderly people consistently excel in attention span, persistence and thoroughness. Jakob Nielsen has observed similar things, finding that 95% of seniors are “methodical” in their behaviors. This is significant in a world where the average person’s attention span has actually dropped below the level of a goldfish.
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Don't Relax: Uncomfortability Is The New Convenience

Don't Relax: Uncomfortability Is The New Convenience | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
To stop humanity from turning into useless, pleasure-seeking blobs, some designers are abandoning the quest to make everything easy, and introducing a...
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Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry

Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
“ By Adiel Gavish "What the industrial age has done is take life away from the planet and turn it into goods and services," Paul Hawken stated at the 2014 VERGE Conference in San Francisco this past December. The annual event put on by Joel Makower, a former Biomimicry 3.8 Board Member and GreenBiz.com brings corporations…”
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4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
“ VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here's why.”
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"Start with design, don't end with it" simple advice -yet too many medical devices are not designed this way, and arguably some don't end with i
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Health and Wellness Research Goes Digital, But Differs by Device

Health and Wellness Research Goes Digital, But Differs by Device | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

When it comes to looking up information related to one’s health or ailments, it’s all about digital. Almost all adults (92%) use a desktop/laptop for health research, according to Kantar Media’s 2014 MARS Online Behavior Study. When it comes to devices on the go, 51% use smartphones and 34% use tablets for health research. Understandably, a much smaller percentage (3%) use an e-reader for health research. The activities they are doing related to health research vary by device. For example, smartphone users are 68% more likely to have used their device to look for a doctor. Tablet users are 163% more likely to have used their device to look for information on a health condition.

 

The study also found that use of health-related apps/websites varies by mobile device. Adults are more likely to look up symptoms on their phone and find pharmacies on tablet. Further they are more likely to use exercise and fitness apps on their smartphones and drug cost estimator/calculators on tablets. For more information about accessing full study results, contact us here. The MARS Online Behavior Study helps the industry make better decisions about how to incorporate online into pharmaceutical and OTC marketing strategies. The MARS Online Behavior Study is fielded as a re-contact among the MARS Core respondents who said they accessed the Internet in the last 30 days. - See more at: http://www.kantarmedia-healthcare.com/health-and-wellness-research-goes-digital-but-differs-by-device#sthash.P1FNCDeo.dpuf


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The Future Of Health Care: From Implantable Sensors To Bionic Exoskeletons

The Future Of Health Care: From Implantable Sensors To Bionic Exoskeletons | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Look across all the research and innovation taking place in biology and medicine now, and you can only imagine what health care could be like in 20 years. From implantable sensors to bionic exoskel...
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Pens filled with high-tech inks for do-it-yourself sensors

Pens filled with high-tech inks for do-it-yourself sensors | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in...
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The Wellness Syndrome by Carl Cederström & André Spicer – exploitation with a smiley face

The Wellness Syndrome by Carl Cederström & André Spicer – exploitation with a smiley face | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
People who fail to look after their bodies are now demonised as lazy, feeble or weak-willed, writes Steven Poole
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This company is using machine learning to develop a cure for cancer

This company is using machine learning to develop a cure for cancer | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Boston-based Berg has spent the last six years perfecting an artificial intelligence platform that may soon crack the cancer code.

Could we be just two or three years away from curing cancer? Niven Narain, the president of Berg, a small Boston-based biotech firm, says that may very well be the case.

With funding from billionaire real-estate tycoon Carl Berg as well as from Mitch Gray, Narain, a medical doctor by training, and his small army of scientists, technicians, and programmers, have spent the last six years perfecting and testing an artificial intelligence platform that he believes could soon crack the cancer code, in addition to discovering valuable information about a variety of other terrible diseases, including Parkinson’s.

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The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To "Blade Runner" Designer Syd Mead

The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To "Blade Runner" Designer Syd Mead | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Mead chats with us about the Apple Watch, Glassholes, and Daft Punk copying one of his designs.
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Empathy-building Through Museums: A Teacher’s Guide

Empathy-building Through Museums: A Teacher’s Guide | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

After years of studying the history of Islamic art and museum studies, the activity at the Exploratorium was the first time Elif felt an exhibit enabled her to face her own behavior and how empathy clearly affected her day-to-day choices.

 

Ever since, she has been fascinated with what she calls “empathy-building through museums,” or “empathy hacking”  – strategically designing museums, exhibitions, and their educational programming to serve as platforms for the exploration of empathy.

 

In her own words: “My goal is to make museums platforms where empathy can be built, explored, nurtured, and harnessed strategically towards personal and social progress.”

 

Such spaces could be an exciting destination for class fieldtrips, and a site at which children could build upon the lessons they learn in school. Here are a few fast facts about empathy-building through museums, to get you thinking about how you’d like your favorite exhibits to transform:

 

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Sensory Pen Diagnoses Parkinson's Disease | EMDT - European Medical Device Technology

Sensory Pen Diagnoses Parkinson's Disease | EMDT - European Medical Device Technology | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Manus Neurodynamica is set to launch a sensory pen that may be used to monitor and diagnose Parkinson's disease in patients by the use of unique technology to measure neuromuscular function.
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This Materials Innovation Could Enable Cheap Tests for Pathogens | Qmed

This Materials Innovation Could Enable Cheap Tests for Pathogens | Qmed | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Qmed (formerly Medical Device Link) is the world's first completely prequalified supplier directory and news source for medical device OEMs. Find medical device suppliers and IVD suppliers who are FDA-registered, ISO 13485- and ISO 9001-certified. Qmed is also the home of Medical Product Manufacturing News and the most relevant breaking news for the medical device industry.
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This Is What a Psychiatric Ward Designed by Patients Looks Like

This Is What a Psychiatric Ward Designed by Patients Looks Like | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
What would a psychiatric ward look like if patients designed it? That is the question behind “Madlove: A Designer Asylum” from British artist and activist James Leadbitter (aka “the vacuum cleaner”). Leadbitter—whose work has been exhibited at venues including the Tate Modern and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art—has endured stays in many public hospital...
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Understanding Patients' Needs with Social Media Analytics

Understanding Patients' Needs with Social Media Analytics | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

Among the 50 largest drug makers in the world, more than half still aren’t actively using social media to engage healthcare consumers or patients. Most of them primarily use social media as a broadcasting channel, and no more than 10 are on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

Even with drug makers’ recent increases in digital spending, the pharmaceutical industry is repeatedly said to be a laggard in adoption of social media.

Drugmakers’ common excuse for remaining social media wallflowers is largely due to the regulatory uncertainty and the doubts on how to measure social ROI.

1/ The rise of the empowered patient

With the role of social media rapidly expanding, patients are increasingly turning to popular social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and forums obtaining and sharing information related to their health.

In the US, for example, over one third of consumers manage their own health and are using social media to help them make important healthcare decisions.

The consequent empowerment of the patient in making decisions around their treatment has led them to be more aware and have a greater say in the treatment process.

But it’s not just patients who go to social media to voice their opinions. The pharma industry has multiple stakeholders who actively research and discuss online, including patients, physicians, payers, caregivers, providers and advocacy groups.

This trend only heightens the imperative need for pharmaceutical companies and regulators to take notice and contribute to the overall healthcare discussion, particularly to the appropriate use of medicines.

But how do you actually know what physicians are saying about your drug? Can you identify your patients’ primary concerns about your market leading product?

What are the conversation themes around managing the disease? How does the online reputation of your brand compare to competitors? Are patients switching brands and if so, why?

2/ Using social media as a research tool

The most immediate benefit that social media has to offer pharmaceutical companies is as a research tool.

The answers to the questions above require a more proactive embrace of social media analytics tools by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Social media analytics tools, such as Brandwatch Analytics, can mine not only Twitter but also public forums, blogs, news sites, Facebook and other social networks to uncover patients and physicians’ sentiments and opinions.

One of our clients, Creation Healthcare, did exactly such a thing not too long ago. They indexed half a million healthcare professional profiles across thousands of sites using Brandwatch Analytics to understand how treatments and products are perceived by those who may prescribe them every day.

The online market research consultancy was able to spot healthcare trends and concerns months before others did. Offering unrivaled insight into the views of healthcare professionals, Creation Healthcare’s research business attracted six times more clients than before.

Identifying the opinions of healthcare professionals and patients is, indeed, a complicated process, particularly because of the amount of noise and spam surrounding pharmaceuticals. With boolean operators and rules, you can filter out spammy websites and irrelevant views.

3/ Using social media to foster discussions with your stakeholders

Understanding the kind of people who make up the conversation in your niche can prove far more insightful than listening only to those who mention your product or brand.

In a recent report we analyzed thousands of mentions online using social media analyticsto understand people’s attitude towards HIV treatment and to inform targeted messaging.

Their target audience is often seen as being the healthcare professional. But when analyzing all HIV discussion on social media, it turns out it’s the patients, caregivers and those that actually aren’t directly affected by HIV who offer the most powerful insights.

The general public spoke nearly three times more about HIV treatment than healthcare professionals, suggesting a general interest in the topic and that online influencers may differ from offline.

Diving deeper into this data, we noticed that the different stakeholders are chatting about HIV in entirely different places.

Data like this could dramatically impact how a drug manufacturer develops its communication strategies and targets its messaging.

4/ Building tailored marketing strategies

As shown below, social media analytics can be applied at various stages of a drug lifecycle; right from your drug discovery stage (understanding unmet needs) to the launch (improving your brand messaging) to the maturity stage (monitoring brand reputation and intimately connecting patients and physicians).

Insights generated during each stage can be utilized across all departments in your company.

If you’re still analyzing the conversation about your own brand or products, then now is the time to rethink your social media activities.

While social media is not a panacea, it provides an arguably underused opportunity across the business to research, understand and boost discussions with all healthcare consumers.

There’s no such thing as having a remarkable drug without having tailored strategies to appeal to your own target audience.


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Among the 50 largest drug makers in the world, more than half still aren’t actively using social media to engage healthcare consumers or patients. Most of them primarily use social media as a broadcasting channe

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In Design, Empathy is Not Enough

In Design, Empathy is Not Enough | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Empathy is hot right now. It’s being posited as one of the key characteristics that sets designers apart. (As though we have a monopoly on it.)

But empathy is only a stepping stone on the way to a more important place: understanding. Understanding encompasses not only the experience of being the user (empathy) but also the forces working against the user, be they technology, business, other people, or culture.

Empathy will get you to see the problems from the users’ perspective, but not the solutions. If users could design a solution to their problems, they would. But that’s your job as the designer. Users know everything there is to know about their situation, but may not have the overall understanding of the space that you should have because you’re looking at the problem from many angles, not just from one (the user’s).

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In Design, Empathy is Not Enough

In Design, Empathy is Not Enough | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Empathy is hot right now. It’s being posited as one of the key characteristics that sets designers apart. (As though we have a monopoly on it.)

 

But empathy is only a stepping stone on the way to a more important place: understanding. Understanding encompasses not only the experience of being the user (empathy) but also the forces working against the user, be they technology, business, other people, or culture.

 

Empathy will get you to see the problems from the users’ perspective, but not the solutions. If users could design a solution to their problems, they would. But that’s your job as the designer. Users know everything there is to know about their situation, but may not have the overall understanding of the space that you should have because you’re looking at the problem from many angles, not just from one (the user’s).

 

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5 Concepts That Will Revolutionize Western Medicine

5 Concepts That Will Revolutionize Western Medicine | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, a shift has been taking place in health care. This shift has been fueled by changes in our understanding of human biology as a result of the genomic revolution and the
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Rayn Jacket | Unisex Water-Resistant Hooded Jacket | Betabrand

Rayn Jacket | Unisex Water-Resistant Hooded Jacket | Betabrand | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it
The Rayn Jacket keeps you dry and comfortable whether you’re cycling or sitting in a wheelchair.
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Diabetes patients who use digital tools self-report better health - Survey

Diabetes patients who use digital tools self-report better health - Survey | shubush design & wellbeing | Scoop.it

New survey data from digital health agency Klick Health shows that diabetes patients who use digital tools to manage their health also feel healthier.

Klick Health employed Survey Sampling International (SSI) to poll 2,000 American adults with diabetes either online or via the telephone.

Based on responses about how they use technology to manage their health, they segmented the group into three categories: those who manage their health daily or weekly with integrated digital technologies (integrators), those who go online to seek health information on a monthly basis (seekers), and those who don’t use the internet to manage their health at all (traditionalists).

The integrators group, the true digital health users, made up just 18 percent of the sample, but 13 percent of integrators reported being in excellent health. Seekers made up 47 percent of the sample and 4 percent of seekers said they were in excellent health. Finally, the remaining 35 percent were traditionalists, and only 2 percent of that group reported being in excellent health.

Because it’s a survey based on self-reported health status, the data doesn’t prove that connected patients are actually healthier than non-connected patients. But it does provide evidence that either they’re healthier or they believe they’re healthier, which is significant in and of itself.

Nineteen percent of patients reported using mobile technology for a health-related activity. Of these, most wanted more data-driven interactions with their doctors. Two-thirds said they would like an app to remind them to take their medication, 75 percent wanted apps to connect them with their doctors, and 78 percent were open to sharing personally-collected health data with their doctors.

Overall, 80 percent of the mobile connected group were interested in having an app recommended to them by their doctor.

more at http://mobihealthnews.com/40600/survey-diabetes-patients-who-use-digital-tools-self-report-better-health/


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Etain Limited's curator insight, February 17, 8:47 AM

It's so great to see the digital revolution hailing these really personal advances that make such a huge difference to everyday people like you and me.

 

More and more we're seeing the humble app, smart phones and wearable technology become not a just fashionable lifestyle choice, or some kind of expendable income indicator, but as genuine quality of life improvers. Before long we'll all be wearing watches and other gadgets that read our vitals, measure the mineral content of our sweat, track changes in our core temperature.... then when we're under the weather and looking for a Doctors appoint, at the touch of a button all that data will be winging it's way to our GPs! Giving them a heads up on our condition, allowing them to diagnose and treat us more effectively. Now who wouldn't want that?

Diabète 's curator insight, February 17, 9:59 AM

le rôle des médecins dans la recommandation des applications clairement mis en lumière ...un article relevé par Rémy Teston 

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