It Came From Outside – 5 Great Examples of Technologies from Outside of Healthcare

This article will explore 5 of our favourite examples of technologies that were initially alien to healthcare but are becoming integral parts of it. 1. Want to cure diseases? Let’s play a game! If your Mum told you as a child that video games aren’t any good, then now you might want to give her a call to tell her that she was wrong. Case in point: Foldit, an online computer game where players can contribute to better understand proteins and ultimately, help curing diseases. By solving puzzles, anyone, without any prior biochemistry knowledge, can try to fold protein structures as perfectly as possible to reach a high score and improve their global rank. The highest scoring structures will then be analyzed by scientists to better understand a given protein’s structure (or how it “folds”) and determine its potential use in curing diseases and finding new vaccines. So far, the crowd-sourced solutions from Foldit have yielded promising results. In 2010, researchers published their findings about how results from Foldit’s community of gamers provided results which were as good as or even better than algorithmically computed solutions. A year later, in 2011, Foldit players generated protein models that helped better understand an AIDS-related problem that kept baffling scientists for years, and the gamers outdid the latter ones in merely 3 weeks! While breakthroughs of that amplitude have become less prominent, Foldit is still goin...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: 3D Printing Artificial Intelligence Future of Medicine Security & Privacy digital health Source Type: blogs

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The future of healthcare is shaping up in front of our very eyes with advances in digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence, VR/AR, 3D-printing, robotics or nanotechnology. We have to familiarize with the latest developments in order to be able to control technology and not the other way around. The future of healthcare lies in working hand-in-hand with technology and healthcare workers have to embrace emerging technologies in order to stay relevant in the coming years. Be bold, curious and informed! Are you afraid that robots will take over the jobs of nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals? Are y...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine 3d printing AI artificial intelligence augmented reality genetics Health Healthcare nanotechnology Personalized medicine pharma pharmacology robotics virtual reality wearables GC1 Source Type: blogs
On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that several prescription sleep aids must now include aboxed warning—the FDA’s strongest safety warning—following reports of sleepwalking and other rare sleep behaviors that have led to serious injuries and deaths.Sleep aids containing eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo, and Zolpimist) must carry the boxed warning as well as another warning against the use of the medications by patients with a history of sleepwalking or other rare sleep behaviors like sleep driving.This is not the first ...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Ambien Ambien CR and Zolpimist boxed warning Edluar eszopiclone FDA insomnia Intermezzo lunesta sleepwalking Sonata zaleplon zolpidem Source Type: research
Study Objectives:We aimed to explore symptoms of insomnia in a group of youths characterized as engaging in risky drinking, their use of drugs as sleep/ wake aids, and the relationships between alcohol and other drug use and insomnia.Methods:Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 596 Australian 14 to 19-year-olds identified as engaging in regular risky drinking. They completed the Insomnia Severity Index and were assessed for recent alcohol and other drug use, including drugs used specifically as sleep aids or to stay awake. Alcohol-related problems, emotional distress, self-control, and working outside of traditional...
Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
STUDY OBJECTIVES: We aimed to explore symptoms of insomnia in a group of youths characterized as engaging in risky drinking, their use of drugs as sleep/wake aids, and the relationships between alcohol and other drug use and insomnia. METHODS: Face...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
This is the 1000th presentation to my bioethics blog since starting on Google Blogspot.com in 2004.There has been many topics covered. Though comments by the visitors has always been encouraged and, since as a " discussion blog " , comments leading to discussions I have felt was the definitive function here. Virtually none of the thread topics have gone unread and most have had some commentary, some with mainly particularly strong and emphatic opinions http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2013/01/should-pathologists-be-physicians.html, some with extensive up to 12 years long continued discussion http://bioethi...
Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: blogs
BY SHANNON BROWNLEE On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 I was at the inaugural Society for Participatory Medicine conference. It was a fantastic day and the ending keynote was the superb Shannon Brownlee. It was great to catch up with her and I’m grateful that she agreed to let THCB publish her speech. Settle back with a cup of coffee (or as it’s Thanksgiving, perhaps something stronger), and enjoy–Matthew Holt George Burns once said, the secret to a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending—and to have the two as close together as possible. I think the same is true of final keynotes aft...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: OP-ED Patients Physicians Lown Institute Overtreatment Right Choice Alliance Shannon Brownlee Society for Participatory Medicine Source Type: blogs
Conclusion According to the results of the present study, providing non-specific and temporary services is one of the factors affecting the life processes of children who have survived the Manjil earthquake. Training aid workers to consider the specific needs of children at the time of rescue operations could contribute to improving the health of this group in different aspects. Considering effective and comprehensive rehabilitation programs in Disaster Management policymaking can prevent persistent complications caused by earthquakes and other natural disasters. The results of this study also showed that some of the facto...
Source: PLOS Currents Disasters - Category: Global & Universal Authors: Source Type: research
by Ann L. McNary, JD Ms. McNary is Senior Risk Manager at PRMS, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia. Innov Clin Neurosci. 2017;14(3–4)41–44 This ongoing column is dedicated to providing information to our readers on managing legal risks associated with medical practice. We invite questions from our readers. The answers are provided by PRMS, Inc. (www.prms.com), a manager of medical professional liability insurance programs with services that include risk management consultation, education and onsite risk management audits, and other resources to healthcare providers to help improve patient outcomes and reduce professio...
Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Current Issue Practice Management Risk Management geriatrics professional liability Source Type: research
The elderly might often get the impression that technological revolution takes only the young and capable into account. There might be some truth to it but for everyone’s greatest luck, it started to change and I believe it should continue. Let me show you how technological developments for the elderly could help them and change their quality of life for the better. My dear child, would you mind speaking to the operator on my behalf? Spending time with grandparents is a lot of fun. They share a lot of untold stories about the past, embarrassing stories about parents (who still like to parade as serious adults with ev...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Empowered Patients Future of Medicine ageing elderly gc2 Health Healthcare medical medical technology Personalized medicine seniors wearables Source Type: blogs
Ah, yoga, we love you so. There's a reason the ancient practice has stood the test of time. Yoga is a total mind-body experience, with both physical and mental benefits. Not to mention the fact that there are endless options, making it one of the most versatile ways to work out. But don't just listen to us wax poetic about the practice -- allow the science to speak for itself. In honor of the International Day of Yoga, below are 10 research-backed reasons to incorporate more yoga in your life: 1. Yoga is the ultimate stress reliever. Feeling a little high-strung? Head to a yoga studio. Research shows the practice can redu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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