In the past year, and much to my surprise, I’ve become a game developer.
My game, Hotseat, uses smartphones to get us up out of our seats throughout the day to reduce the health risks associated with prolonged sitting, or “sitting disease”—which include obesity, of course, but also kidney disease, heart disease, cancer and even earlier mortality. Hotseat lets users choose activities they wish to do and then books a rotating schedule of 2-minute breaks into their day, based on their calendar availability. Hotseat also allows users to engage in competitive and collaborative challenges.
Having created a game, I can tell you it’s no small undertaking to design something that adheres to the principles that make a game a game and that delivers the desired engagement, learning and emotional satisfaction that games do.
"Even now, doctors urge their patients to have a routine check-up when they are apparently very healthy, in the fond hope of finding diseases in their pre-symptomatic stages, to help them get treated before the disease damages their system. In their enthusiasm to keep their till moving, the medical world has started disease-mongering. Treating illnesses alone is not such a lucrative business. Going after people who are well simply means that the entire population becomes our patient, on any given day. Doctors cannot live without patients; but patients can live without doctors for sure!
The medical establishment is after ‘treating’ pre-diabetes, pre-hypertension, etc, which are only illusions. The best pre-condition is pre-death. Every one of us suffers from pre-death. The risk factor here is being alive..."
Via Arun Shrivastava, Sepp Hasslberger
When a normal, healthy, vibrant seven year-old child dies suddenly we want to know why. Things like that just don’t happen – at least they didn’t used to happen at the rate they appear to be happening lately.
Kaylynne Matten was taken by her parents for her annual physical on December 2, 2011. During the physical Kaylynne was given a flu vaccine. Four days later she was dead. She wasn’t even sick when she went to the doctor!
The state health commissioner, Dr. Harry Chen, “is not convinced” the girl’s death was from the flu vaccine, citing the “very rare” incidence of serious reactions to the flu shot and the huge numbers of people who receive them each year. Dr. Chen declares that serious reactions to flu vaccines are so “rare” that death by flu shot has never been reported in Vermont.
There’s the problem. Every time a healthy child dies or is seriously injured by a vaccine, those who are reponsible for determining the cause of death immediately rule out vaccines because they are “so safe” and serious reactions are “so rare”...
A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis found that statin use is associated with a 52% increased prevalence and extent of coronary artery plaques possessing calcium.
This study, published on August 24th, was preceded only three weeks earlier by one in the journal Diabetes Care, which found that coronary artery calcification "was significantly higher in more frequent statin users than in less frequent users," among patients with type 2 diabetes and advanced atherosclerosis.
Statins are increasingly recognized to have profound cardiotoxic properties, despite their widespread use in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
Many migraine sufferers don't realize how powerful the effects of certain foods and chemicals can be in contributing to, but equally resolving, the development of migraines. Try these natural approaches for relief from migraine pain.
Cory Doctorow: The government wants to make all publicly funded research available – but the same must be demanded of pharmas also...
"The reason pharma companies should be required to publish their results isn't that they've received a public subsidy for the research.
Rather, it is because they are asking for a governmental certification saying that their products are fit for consumption, and they are asking for regulatory space to allow doctors to write prescriptions for those products.
We need them to disclose their research – even if doing so undermines their profits – because without that research, we can't know if their products are fit for use."
A groundbreaking study lead by William B. Young, MD, a neurologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Headache Center, shows that patients with migraine (a combination of severe headache, nausea, light sensitivity, and other factors) suffer social stigma from their disease similar to the stigma experienced by patients with epilepsy.
The study, to be released on January 16, 2013 in the online journal PLOS ONE, is one of the first to study the social cost of this frequently debilitating and misunderstood illness. The study was co-authored by Joanna Kempner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
Social stigma occurs when society disapproves of a person because they are different in some way—either externally, as with a birthmark, or in an unseen way, as with migraine. Stigma can hurt people’s personal relationships, their work prospects, and their state of mind.
“When people treat my patients as if they are to blame because they have a severe, debilitating disease, they are contributing to the problem and making life harder for them,” commented Dr. Young.
The authors conclude that the high level of stigma for chronic migraine sufferers is due to the impact of migraine on the study subjects’ work lives: Chronic migraine has a bigger impact on the work of migraine patients than epilepsy has on the work of epilepsy patients. Stigma is worse because the chronic headache patients are more disabled. If you take out disability, the stigma of chronic migraine and epilepsy are about the same and the stigma of episodic migraine is less.
“I don’t think people realize that it is not unusual for people with migraine to have severe headaches every day—to be so disabled that they are unable to work,” said Dr. Young. “This is what causes the stigma—the fact that people with severe migraine may not be able to work.”
Investigators surveyed 123 episodic migraine patients1, 123 chronic migraine patients, and 62 epilepsy patients using a 24-item stigma scale for chronic illness. They used epilepsy for comparison, a disease well-known for the stigma associated with it. Patients were recruited between October 2009 and July 2011 from the Jefferson Headache Center and the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The study showed that patients with chronic migraine had higher scores (54.0+/- 20.2) on the stigma scale than either episodic migraine (41.7 +/-14.8) or epilepsy patients (44.6 +/-16.3) (p
Study subjects with chronic migraine reported a greater inability to work than patients with epilepsy. Many required bed rest during the day for hours at a time, many times per month.
The study and treatment of migraine suffers from stigma itself; it is often considered a minor health problem—“just a headache.” Yet in Dr. Young’s clinic alone, 25 percent of migraine patients cannot hold a job due to the disease. Many more suffer severe headaches nearly every day. Severe depression and even suicidal thoughts are common among patients with chronic migraine.
Episodic migraine was defined as 14 headaches per month or fewer. Chronic migraine is greater than 14 headaches per month, with eight of these meeting the criteria for migraine.
How to Get In Shape At Home - A few years ago I was out of shape, overweight and generally unhappy with my appearance. I’d tried loads of exercise programs but could never stick to them, and my diet was probably leading me to an early grave!
Nike targets quantified self movement with digital health accelerator powered by Techstars to support the new wave of digital health fitness startups
Given the growing momentum of the quantified self self fitness movement of health tracking devices and software, Nike is launching the Nike + Accelerator program — a three-month program to foster startups — in conjunction with Boulder, Colo.-based TechStars. The focus of the program is to allow companies to leverage the Nike+ platform, and NikeFuel, to build offerings that inspire and assist people to live more active, healthy lifestyles. The Nike+ platform gives selected partners access to the activity data captured by the Nike+ FuelBand and Nike+ Running devices used by millions of Nike+ users.
10 partner companies will be chosen and given the following tools and support they need to succeed:
* $20,000 * Access to the Nike+ APIs, Nike+ mobile SDKs, and Nike+ FuelBand Dev Kit (Beta) – you will be among the first in the world to receive this access * A Nike+ FuelBand for each team member * Tech support from experienced developers who’ve built companies, or built with Nike+ Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) * Code and solution reviews during the program * Mentor sessions with Nike executives and leaders in the start-up community * Two Investor Demo Days: one at the Nike World Headquarters and one in Silicon Valley
Selected startups will be mentored by Nike executives and other tech industry leaders. Mentors include Stefan Olander, Nike’s Vice President of Digital Sport; David Cohen, founder and CEO of TechStars; Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare; and quantified-self expert Tim Ferriss based near Nike’s Portland, Ore. headquarters.
According to early results from a Pew Internet & American Life Project study, 7 in 10 Americans could be considered self-trackers. Nike’s commitment to the growing digital health fitness community will encourage more innovation developing digital fitness startups and build upon the success of NikeFuel, the Nike+ FuelBand, and Nike+ Running to make the world more active.
Anyone with an idea that uses Nike+ technology and data to help people be more active can apply to the accelerator. For more information and to apply, visit the Nike + accelerator: http://nikeaccelerator.com/
If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don’t develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful...
Via Sepp Hasslberger
New research shows that those who imbibe are less likely to die prematurely than those who stay dry.
A newly released study shows that regular drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than people who have never indulged in alcohol. You read that right: Time reports that abstaining from alcohol altogether can lead to a shorter life than consistent, moderate drinking.
The tightly controlled study, which looked at individuals between ages 55 and 65, spanned a 20-year period and accounted for variables ranging from socioeconomic status to level of physical activity. Led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin, it found that mortality rates were highest for those who had never had a sip, lower for heavy drinkers, and lowest for moderate drinkers who enjoyed one to three drinks per day.
I recently had a conversation about dairy with a friend who is a medical practitioner. She asserted that if she were to choose to give her (as yet unborn) children milk, she would only give them whole milk because it was less processed, or in other words, more natural, than part-skimmed or totally skimmed milk.
Just consider this proposition for a moment, doesn’t it seem logical that whole milk isn’t processed to the same extent as 1 percent, 2 percent or skimmed milk because it hasn’t had any fat stripped away? Just the word “whole” implies a lack of alteration.
There can be no possible excuse for the decades of harm and the millions of people who have died as a result of the deadly drug, digitalis.
A study published in the European Heart Journal concludes that, though digitalis does help steady erratic heart beats, it does so at an enormous cost:
Our findings suggest that, in patients with AF, digoxin is associated with increased all-cause mortality after controlling for comorbidities and propensity scores, regardless of gender and the presence or absence of underlying HF. All-cause mortality was 41% higher in patients on digoxin...
Everybody knows television is not healthy, but after reading the scientific studies on how bad television viewing REALLY is, you will be shocked...
Since the amount of Television you watch is directly proportional to how happy you are in life, the less you watch the better.
Here is the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for watching television:
• Children under three should see no screen entertainment.
• After this age, television viewing of good quality programmes should be limited to an hour a day.
• Teenagers should be limited to one-and-a-half hours a day.
• And for adults, two hours a day.
“Getting rid of your television should not be considered extreme. You are immediately doubling the amount of free time you have and, after a short period of time, you are very unlikely to miss it.” - Dr. Aric Sigman
No need to bypass all the health perks of fresh superfoods this season — simply grow them inside on a sunny window ledge. As the weather turns colder in the north hemisphere, now more than ever it is important to fortify the body with nutrient dense foods.
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