On the web… is a curated bi-weekly selection of links to interesting blog posts and other web pages related to nursing, health, wellness, and intersections of these disciplines with technology, as well as interesting online materials about teaching with technology.
In this inaugural installment we gather links from the last two or three months – here is a list of online articles from the last several weeks that may be worth a look:
In health & wellness:
- With winter inevitably rolling in, cold and flu season is upon us, so this article from the UK Guardian on the effectiveness of assorted home remedies may come in handy. And it mentions UW-Madison, which is an additional bonus! [link]
- From the UK Guardian again, an article on US painkiller addiction epidemic, that opens with a surprising statement that “Prescription pill overdoses are killing 15,000 Americans a year, and the toll is growing.” [link]
- Two articles from NY Times on health and development of kids: one, about the development of empathy, sympathy, and altruism in children (and UW-Madison gets another nod – link); and the second on what is possibly some cautiously good news regarding child obesity [link].
- From the Atlantic comes a fascinating, if disturbing article on a parasite called Toxo, titled “How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy” [link] Dog fans, rejoice, especially after reading this article on health benefits of puppies in the article “The puppy room – easing life’s pain in a stroke” [link].
- Finally, a brief overview of three recent books on public health, via food politics.com [link], if you are interested in going beyond online materials and exploring books.
At the intersection of healthcare and technology:
- The Atlantic brings us a brief, but fascinating article “Where E.R. Doctors Work Entirely Via Skype,” [link] about the increasing and often life-saving role of technology in bringing medical care to patients located in remote, rural areas.
- From the industrial design studio the Archetype Group come a few interesting ideas worth exploring – one is an iPad app prototype called Medley that “leverages existing Electronic Medical Record databases like, Cerner and EPIC, to equip medical teams with mobile access and visualization of data centered on patient stories” [link]; the second is “a consumer-focused healthcare experience [app] integrated into your daily life. [that] improves […] physical and emotional health, and enhances […] quality of life” [link]; and the third is the result of collaboration of Archetype with Seattle Children’s Hospital “to create a vision of a better system for clinical staff and administrators. […] An interactive concept intended to work across multiple roles from the student doctor on rounds to the hospital administrator in the office, improving on the opportunities discovered in on-site research” [link].
- And several announcements of consumer-grade personal-health gadgets: from NY Times “An Appetite for Weight Management Tools” on apps that help manage weight; from TUAW, and article on Zensorium, an iPhone accessory that monitors cardiorespiratory stress levels [link]; from GigaOM, and article on AliveCor’s EKG monitoring case for iPhone that just received FDA approval [link]; and (from GigaOM, again) an overview of iPhone-based health sensors, from Nike FuelBand and Jawbone Up, to Scanadu Scout and Scanadu Flu, in an article (half-)jokingly titled “With sensors, apps & data, my smartphone is (almost) my doctor,” [link]; you can also read more about Scanadu on the Wired website [link].
If you come across interesting online content related to these topics, please send the link to Jerzy “George” Jura, (optionally) along with any brief personal comment on its content, and we’ll include the link in the next round of links (with proper credit given to you, for recommending it).