How the DIY Spirit Improves Health Care

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has combined DIY / making with health in MakerHealth Spaces. Inspired by the idea that nurses and other health professionals know intimately and exactly what they need and what innovations or changes will help them do their jobs better or help more effectively, this is an interesting development.

Full article here.

August 22nd, 2016|Medicine, Research|0 Comments|

Analogue to digital radiology

Interesting article on moving to digital radiology and the promise of integration.

It gets quite technical towards the end, so be warned!

May 27th, 2016|Medicine|0 Comments|

Cyberattack against the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center

The hospital had to pay the ransom to restore normal operations. Here from The Guardian:
Los Angeles hospital paid $17,000 in bitcoin to ransomware hackers
Recent news about hacking at a hospital in the US.
“A cyberattack launched against the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has forced staff to declare an “internal emergency” and left employees unable to access patient files.


As medical records […]

February 16th, 2016|Medicine|0 Comments|
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    Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices — Technology and Empowerment in American Health Care

Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices — Technology and Empowerment in American Health Care

Greene, J. A. (2016) Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices — Technology and Empowerment in American Health Care. New England Journal of Medicine, 374, 305-308.

Patient choice: choices are made in context

Okay, technically this is not about drugs.  But this article is a powerful reminder of the social determinants of health and the limits of attempting to inform public health/policy making with research.
(And the influence of context on health, matters to precision medicine).

Robyn Toomath: I quit. After 14 years fighting New Zealand’s obesity crisis, nothing’s changed: I now believe civil […]

Systems Medicine 2.0: looking at Big Data from a non-reductionist perspective

A new model for understanding and using drugs may emerge by replacing traditional reductionist approaches (where patients with comorbidities are given a different medicine for each of the conditions, as if they were independent) with a systems approach (with non-linear, dynamic models), applied to Big Data research.

Very interesting thought provoking paper:

Tillmann T, Gibson AR, Scott G, Harrison O, […]

November 13th, 2015|Big Data, Medicine, Research|0 Comments|

Asking (right) questions – or medicines can kill you

This week a column from the Guardian, invites doctors and professional journals to ask the right questions – questions about the evidence, and questions about what matters to patients:

Aseem Malhotra, How too much medicine can kill you, The Guardian, Sunday 1 November 2015

Here a few snippets, with links to resources:
“According to Peter Gøtzsche, professor of research design and […]

Serialisation of Individual Pills to Defeat Counterfeiters

At present, proposals to prevent falsified medicines entering supply networks has focussed on increasingly sophisticated packaging including tamper evident seals, electronic recording of unique serialised package identities, or the use of assays in the sampling of purported therapeutic drugs. An alternative solution, being developed by Dr Phil Harrison and colleagues, is to use sets of four and six machine-actuated pins to add micro-indentation codes on […]

Collective health versus individual-target therapies

“…health differences between groups and within groups are not driven by clinical care but by social-structural factors that shape our lives.”
Bayer R, and Galea S. Public Health in the Precision-Medicine Era. New England Journal of Medicine. 2015;373(6):499-501.

With an audio interview with the author on the NEJM website.

making the public healthy is different from the sum of the provision […]

August 13th, 2015|Medicine, Policy|0 Comments|

On the aura of infallibility of genetic tests

…geneticists also pointed out that companies’ marketing materials make it seem as though the tests are infallible. As the testing firm Sequenom puts it in one advertisement: “Positive or negative results. Never maybe.”

[…] For Solomon, genetics is simply a new tool with a learning curve, the same as any other. “When the electrocardiogram was first developed, about a hundred […]