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You Were Born with Biofeedback Equipment

You Were Born with Biofeedback Equipment | Physiology Human |
Over fifty years ago the Indian adept Swami Rama changed the history of medical education ... or at least should have. He was invited to the Menninger Institute in the 1960's to assess the influenc...

Liz PT PYT ATC CSCS's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:59 AM

An invitation to notice and breathe.

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London Marathon runner Rob Berry who died after race had complained of 'nightmare' smog

London Marathon runner Rob Berry who died after race had complained of 'nightmare' smog | Physiology Human |
A London Marathon runner who collapsed and died after crossing the finish line had struggled with “nightmare” pollution and breathing difficulties during training, it emerged today.

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Southern Tier HealthLink New York : Participating Providers

Southern Tier HealthLink New York : Participating Providers | Physiology Human |
The medical professionals and their staff who work in the organizations listed below are able to access a patient's record
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Les entreprises doivent repenser leur stratégie face au digital

Les entreprises doivent repenser leur stratégie face au digital | Physiology Human |

Les entreprises ne sont pas encore assez armées pour la transition numérique. Le décalage entre l’identification du besoin de digitalisation et la concrétisation en actes est frappant. Trop peu d’entreprises utilisent les ressources innovantes extérieures.

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Autism 'begins long before birth'Scientists say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.

Autism 'begins long before birth'Scientists say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb. | Physiology Human |

Patchy changes in the developing brain long before birth may cause symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), research suggests.

The study, in the New England Journal of Medicine, raises hopes that better understanding of the brain may improve the lives of children with autism.

It reinforces the need for early identification and treatment, says a University of California team.

US scientists analysed post-mortem brain tissue of 22 children with and without autism, all between two and 15 years of age.

They used genetic markers to look at how the outermost part of the brain, the cortex, wired up and formed layers.

Abnormalities were found in 90% of the children with autism compared with only about 10% of children without.

The changes were dotted about in brain regions involved in social and emotional communication, and language, long before birth, they say.

The researchers, from the University of California, San Diego and the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, say their patchy nature may explain why some toddlers with autism show signs of improvement if treated early enough.

They think the plastic infant brain may have a chance of rewiring itself to compensate.

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Beth Israel to use Google Glass throughout emergency room - The Boston Globe

Beth Israel to use Google Glass throughout emergency room - The Boston Globe | Physiology Human |
Dr. Steven Horng launched a Google Glass pilot program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center late last year because he thought the futuristic device could help save lives. One night in January proved that. A patient with bleeding in the brain told Horng he was allergic to certain blood pressure drugs — which the doctor needed to slow the hemorrhage — but didn’t know which ones. Horng had little time to leaf through the man’s medical files or search for records on a computer, but with Glass, he didn’t have to. Instead he quickly called up patient’s information on the device’s tiny screen and saved his life with the correct medication. This week, Beth Israel Deaconess is expanding the use of Google Glass to its entire emergency department, and the hospital said it is the first in the United States to employ the device for everyday medical care. Now, whenever ER doctors begin their shifts, they will slip on pairs of the high-tech glasses as routinely as they put on scrubs. “We’re doing this to prove that the technology can work and really motivate others to explore this space with us,” said Horng, who helped pioneer the initial use of Google Glass at the hospital.

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How Fat May Hurt the Brain, and How Exercise May Help

How Fat May Hurt the Brain, and How Exercise May Help | Physiology Human |

Obesity may have harmful effects on the brain, and exercise may counteract many of those negative effects, according to sophisticated new neurological experiments with mice, even when the animals do not lose much weight. While it’s impossible to know if human brains respond in precisely the same way to fat and physical activity, the findings offer one more reason to get out and exercise.

It’s been known for some time that obesity can alter cognition in animals. Past experiments with lab rodents, for instance, have shown that obese animals display poor memory and learning skills compared to their normal-weight peers. They don’t recognize familiar objects or recall the location of the exit in mazes that they’ve negotiated multiple times.

But scientists hadn’t understood how excess weight affects the brain. Fat cells, they knew, manufacture and release substances into the bloodstream that flow to other parts of the body, including the heart and muscles. There, these substances jump-start biochemical processes that produce severe inflammation and other conditions that can lead to poor health.

Many thought the brain, though, should be insulated from those harmful effects. It contains no fat cells and sits behind the protective blood-brain barrier that usually blocks the entry of undesirable molecules.

However, recent disquieting studies in animals indicate that obesity weakens that barrier, leaving it leaky and permeable. In obese animals, substances released by fat cells can ooze past the barrier and into the brain.


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Rosmellin Barrios's curator insight, March 13, 2014 5:22 AM

I thought this article was very interesting because there was a lot of information. Obesity is a huge problem here in the U.S. I was actually impressed when i was reading this article and it said about how obesity could actually affect your brain. Fat cells manufacture and release substances into the blood stream which affect your brain. An experiment was done on mice and you were actually able to tell the difference from the normal average weight mice and the obese mice.

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La santé sur mobiles, un sujet pour Bruxelles

La santé sur mobiles, un sujet pour Bruxelles | Physiology Human |

La santé commence à entrer dans les terminaux électroniques, à l'image des gadgets pou vérifier son bien-être. Le sujet, jugé prometteur par la Commission européenne, a poussé cette dernière à lancer une consultation. La vie privée sera l'une des problématiques-clés dans ce secteur en expansion.



Désignée sous le terme de M-Santé (ou "mHealth" en anglais), la santé mobile consiste en fait à profiter des avantages conférés par les terminaux électroniques (smartphone, bracelet connecté...) et les technologies de l'information et de la communication pour améliorer le suivi médical des individus, contrôler leur état de santé en analysant l'activité du métabolisme et, le cas échéant, prévenir d'éventuels problèmes.

Maîtriser sa santé... et faire des économies

Domaine balbutiant, il est toutefois considéré par la Commission européenne comme tout à fait prometteur. Outre l'opportunité de donner à chacun le soin de "maîtriser sa santé", ce secteur pourrait à la fois entraîner d'importantes économies en coûts de soins de santé et ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives à l'écosystème mobile, avec de nouvelles applications et de nouveaux services à inventer.

Et Bruxelles de donner quelques exemples :

une appli mesurant vos signes vitaux tels que la pression artérielle ;une appli aidant à administrer l’insuline aux personnes diabétiques, par la transmission, à partir d'une plateforme mobile, de signaux de commande à la pompe ;une appli rappelant aux patients qu’ils doivent prendre leurs médicaments ;une appli proposant des recommandations en matière d'exercice physique ou de régime alimentaire visant à améliorer d'une manière globale la santé et le bien-être des utilisateurs.

Il s'agit en fin de compte de basculer de la démarche curative à la démarche préventive, résume Neelie Kroes, en charge de la politique numérique. "Grâce à la santé mobile, certaines visites onéreuses à l'hôpital pourront être évitées, les citoyens pourront mieux prendre en charge leur propre santé et leur bien-être".

Selon Bruxelles, il est envisageable d'économiser jusqu'à 99 milliards d'euros dans l’Union européenne d'ici 2017, si le potentiel de la santé mobile "est pleinement exploité". En fait, la Commission reprend ici les conclusions de l'étude prospective du cabinet d'audit PwC, et qui avaient été relayées par l'agence des systèmes d'information partagées de santé.

Risques et obstacles de la santé mobile

Si la santé mobile a des avantages évidents, ce nouveau secteur comporte des risques avec lesquels il va falloir composer. Bruxelles n'ignore pas ces obstacles, en particulier la sécurité des logiciels de santé mobile, l'utilisation des données basées sur la santé de l'individu et leur confidentialité. Car ce n'est même pas la vie privée de l'individu qui est en jeu ici : c'est sa plus profonde intimité.

Outre la protection des données, qu'il faudra sans doute préciser et veiller à les faire respecter scrupuleusement, d'autres points devront également être résolus comme l'interopérabilité entre les applications, avec les solutions déjà existantes ainsi que la disponibilité d'une application sur plateforme logicielle, mais pas sur une autre.

Bruxelles relève également "la méconnaissance par les parties prenantes des obligations juridiques applicables aux applis relatives au mode de vie et au bien-être", ainsi que la "nécessité d'obtenir le marquage «CE» pour les applis pouvant être considérées comme des dispositifs médicaux". Enfin, les professionnels du monde de la santé devront également être dans la boucle.

Livre vert et consultation

Décidée à enclencher la réflexion, la Commission a donc publié un livre vert sur la santé mobile et annoncé l'ouverture d'une consultation au cours de laquelle elle espère que des moyens seront proposés pour "améliorer la santé et le bien-être des Européens grâce aux appareils portables tels que les téléphones, les tablettes, les dispositifs de surveillance des patients et d’autres appareils sans fil".

Plusieurs questions sont ainsi posées dans le cadre de cette consultation, comme : "quelles exigences en matière de sécurité et de performances devrait-on appliquer aux applis «mode de vie et bien-être» ?" ou encore "Quelles garanties en matière de sécurité permettraient-elles d'assurer la sécurité des données de santé dans le contexte de la santé mobile ?".

La santé mobile ou la médecine personnalisée... et privée ?

Si la santé mobile se base sur les terminaux électroniques et technologies de l'information et de la communication pour améliorer les produits, services et processus de santé, il ne faut pas perdre de vue que quelques entreprises de premier plan sont en embuscade grâce à leurs produits très appréciés par les utilisateurs ainsi que leur puissance (marketing, de calcul, de lobbying...).

Des sociétés comme Google, Apple ou encore IBM pourraient devenir les acteurs incontournables de la révolution médicale apportée par la médecine personnalisée. Au cours des derniers salons high-tech, des sociétés ont présenté une cascade de bracelets connectés permettant de suivre l'activité physique du porteur et bien d'autres choses encore. Certains projets sont très impressionnants.

Du fait, ce nouveau domaine soulève de multiples problématiques éthiques, économiques ou sociales. Celles-ci ont été abordées dans un vaste rapport rédigé par l'Office parlementaire d'évaluation des choix scientifiques et technologiques, sur "les enjeux scientifiques, technologiques, sociaux et éthiques de la médecine personnalisée". Nous en avions abordé certaines.

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E-cigarette. A quel point la nicotine liquide est-elle dangereuse ?

E-cigarette. A quel point la nicotine liquide est-elle dangereuse ? | Physiology Human |
Aux USA, les empoisonnements par e-liquide augmentent. Mais restent six fois moindres qu'avec les cigarettes classiques. En France, une étude est lancée...

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Faut-il avoir peur de la cigarette électronique et de ses fluides? Aux Etats-Unis, les appels concernant des personnes exposées à la nicotine liquide du flacon ou de la cartouche ont explosé avec la popularité du produit, a averti récemment l’Association américaine des centres anti-poison

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Comment on Social Media Draft Guidance

Comment on Social Media Draft Guidance | Physiology Human |

The Coalition for Healthcare Communications’ comment to the FDA regarding the agency’s recent draft guidance on interactive promotional media asks the agency to clarify some of its language and points out several unintended consequences the draft guidance might create, such as a chilling effect on interaction with the media and an overwhelming number of submissions to the FDA that are neither meaningful nor appropriate.

“We applaud the FDA’s efforts in developing this social media draft guidance and appreciate that the agency has stated in the document that drug companies are not responsible for independent media and content that are not under their control,” said Coalition for Healthcare Communication Executive Director John Kamp. “However, there are multiple issues the agency may not have been aware of when it drafted the guidance, including the important question of how influence or control is defined in the context of ad placement, and these still need to be resolved,” he said.

Specifically, the CHC comment points out that the agency “appears to be defining control to include company influence over the placement of advertising – a common practice in all advertising, including print, broadcast and online advertising.” CHC asserts that exercising control over ad placement in no way influences the surrounding content.

The CHC contends in the comment that the FDA has sufficient authority outside of this draft guidance to investigate sponsor placements “without invoking a ‘placement constitutes control’-based guidance,” and notes that “If the provision stands, it could not only affect online/social media advertising practices, but also migrate into the buying of all media, an unfortunate result for FDA and generally accepted media practice and journalism ethics.” This position also could result in a significant number of Form 2253 submissions that would inhibit – not facilitate – good FDA marketing review practice, according to the comment.

In the comment  the CHC also calls into question a provision in the guidance which states that firms are responsible for promotion on third-party sites if they collaborate or have editorial, preview, or review privileges. Because a broad interpretation of this provision could mean that firms cannot hold public relations workshops for any media that it supports with advertising or unrestricted grants and could even preclude companies from working with or speaking to media staff, the CHC is seeking additional clarification on this matter.

“The FDA perhaps did not envision some of the real-world implications of its draft guidance,” Kamp explained, such as requesting that surrounding pages be submitted with promotional materials for FDA context in evaluating a third-party site. “Our members’ media teams assert that this request is virtually impossible to comply with, because the advertising folks do not have access to the final content when making a placement,” Kamp said. “This becomes even more complicated when you look at paid searches, where placement is suggested by keywords and the results are organic.”

The CHC comment, which also requests clarification on restricted versus nonrestricted sites, logistical issues and submission requirements, was submitted to the agency on April 8.

The Coalition for Healthcare Communication is an organization that promotes the free exchange of scientific and medical information.

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Tips Getting Rid Of Cellulite Fast and Naturally |

Tips Getting Rid Of Cellulite Fast and Naturally | | Physiology Human |

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 16, 2014 6:11 AM

Good resource here.  From the article:

Like coffee?

Give your skin with coffee to and scrub the coffee powder to your cellulite skin.  Skin message with juniver and olive oils will give your skin with vitamin that your skin needs to make it smoother.

Drinks water much and combine with consuming lemon juice cocktail and cayenne pepper three times daily can lose your fat fast.

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World's first computational psychiatry centre opens in London

World's first computational psychiatry centre opens in London | Physiology Human |
Centre will use latest technology to gain insights into human cognition and learn how it becomes disrupted in disorders


The worlds' first computational psychiatry centre has opened in London with a mission to shine a new light on human cognition and understand how it becomes disrupted in disorders such as depression and dementia.

Backed by a five-year €5m (£4.1m) investment from the Max Planck Society and UCL, the centre, which is named after its funders and will be based in London and Berlin, will use powerful modern technology in an effort to create more detailed models than ever before of how the human brain works.

Professor Ray Dolan, academic co-leader of the centre, said: "The brain is at some level an information processing machine and we have to understand what it's doing and how that information processor is working. We are trying to understand normal cognition with respect to the type of processes that go awry in psychiatric disorders and in ageing, we then intend to apply these models to understand ageing, depression or any other psychiatric disorders where we think the models may be appropriate. "

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Spot-burning fat: The fitness myth that won’t go away

Spot-burning fat: The fitness myth that won’t go away | Physiology Human |
According to experts and research, spot-burning fat is impossible. Here's what that means for your workouts.


How often do you encounter promises like “Whittle your waist!” or “Trim your thighs!” or “Flatten your belly!” in magazines and marketing? Probably pretty often.

Which is why the fitness myth is so pervasive, and why it’s worth busting again: 


“There’s no evidence that working a muscle inspires your body to mobilize the fat next to that muscle group,” says Refine Method founder and exercise brainiac Brynn Jinnett, who went to Harvard and then studied kinesiology and the movement patterns of professional athletes. “You can’t decide where the weight is going to come off first,” she says. (Though it’s a bummer.)

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Dr. Michael Berglund's curator insight, March 8, 2014 10:58 AM

Thank you. Needed someone to write this article. Doing abdominal crunches or "buns of steel" exercises do not promote weight loss in that area. They just strengthen the muscle. So what you end up with is a strong muscle underneath whatever depth of fat you started with.


Cardiovascular activity is the best way to burn fat.