Here is the new edition of our On the web… post, our monthly picks of interesting online content on nursing, healthcare, nutrition and wellness:
- “The nation’s 80,000 medical, 20,000 dental, and 180,000 nursing school students might think that lectures are dead, or at least dying,” – so starts a fascinating article by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, is professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy, and vice-chair of the Radiology Department, at Indiana University. [link]
- The current issue (Jan/Feb 2013) of the Harvard Business Review, features a discussion of a UK-based study [image, right] on how patients choose their non-urgent health care providers, based on rankings of hospitals.
- Talking about rankings – several sources bring us the gist of recent international health rankings report from the National Academies Press, in which the US is “dead last” (in the words of The Atlantic – link) – an unfortunate turn of phrase, since it really means Americans die first (among 17 developed nations, used as comparison). The Guardian also has its own summary of the same report [link], titled “Americans ‘are sicker and die younger’ than people in other wealthy nations.“
- In nutrition, a short recommendation [from The Guardian] that extolls the health benefits of frozen raspberries – I’d add that raspberries don’t necessarily have to be British to be enjoyable, but the article comes counter-balanced by another [also from The Guardian] that questions the health benefits of antioxidant supplements, and even suggests some may have adverse effects [link].
- And in NY Times, Dr. Lisa Sanders’s a new medical mystery “of a middle-aged man recovering from a serious illness who suddenly becomes frightened and confused.” [link]
Intersection of health and politics
- From the Guardian, – a discussion (from a UK perspective) on whether the current views on the best way to give birth are unfairly biased [link];
- From the Atlantic: a short piece about using “a strategy against gun violence modeled on those used to reduce smoking, unintentional poisoning, and highway deaths” [link].
Intersection of healthcare and technology
- From the Atlantic comes this interesting piece about using sensors in assisted living, with an ominous title “The Big-Brother Model of Assisted Living.” [link]
- From Wired, an article on a startup called HealthSpot [image, left], that “wants to be the Apple App Store of robo-medicine,” with the objective not s much to replace the traditional access to healthcare, as “to provide an access point to the health care system, from which HealthSpot can send a patient’s medical record to a local provider who fits his or her needs.” [link]
- And from Mashable, a short piece about a startup Matternet that plans to develop unmanned drones which will deliver medications and medical supplies to people in hard-to-reach areas [link].
- And, following SoN’s recent approval of a policy that asks students to bring laptops to class, here is a brief note [from TUAW via Gizmodo] that describes one way of providing short-term rental of laptops to university students using vending machines that allow students to check out notebooks – an experiment conducted by Drexel university [link].
- And finally a short piece that talks about different ways [mostly low-tech] in which people use to track “some sort of health indicator for themselves or a loved one, such as exercise routine, weight, diet, blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches or sleep.” [link]
Did you miss our previous On the web… post? Read all the posts in the On the web… series here.
Page photo credits: Flickr / Creative Commons license by byJoeLodge [raspberries]; inside the HealthSpot kiosk photo by Ariel Zambelich/Wired (CC).