Digital engagement and older people

An interesting article by Jacqueline Damant, Martin Knapp, Paul Freddolino and Daniel Lombard, titled: Effects of digital engagement on the quality of life of older people. Using a framework analysis approach, they conducted a scoping review of articles into the subject and conclude that there are both positive and negative outcomes for elderly people.

Full article here.

February 29th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|

Biomimetic 4D printing

Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has developed 4D printing – that is 3D printing which moves and grows.

They printed cellulose fiber flowers which contain acrylamide hydrogel which absorbs water. So, when the flowers are placed on water, the gel absorbs the water and the flowers move.  Very cool video here:

As an article about the implications discusses, […]

February 8th, 2016|Research|0 Comments|

3D printing of drugs: “the possibilities seem endless”

The possibilities do seem endless, but the Guardian asks whether the 3D printing of medications is safe. They speculate how the pharmacies might change if drugs were printed in local pharmacies, to exact and personalized formulations. The FDA has already given the go-ahead for Spritam levetiracetam (a drug used to control epilepsy) and the hope is to follow with […]

Network Analysis of Instagram data on medicines use

Research shows how data on social network (Instagram) have great potential for public health monitoring and surveillance for adverse drug reactions and drug-drug interactions.

Correia, Rion Brattig, Lang Li, and Luis M. Rocha. “Monitoring Potential Drug Interactions and Reactions via Network Analysis of Instagram User Timelines.” Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. Vol. 21. NIH Public Access, 2016.

NESTA prediction for citizen’s science

One of NESTA 10 predictions for 2016 is: patients becoming citizen scientists and health going to be crowdsourced:

Patients become citizen scientists
​2016 will bring a new generation of digitally-enabled and patient-led research, says John Loder

Crowdsourced health
This new data is produced, owned and controlled by patients. So it will be accessed on their terms – as active participants rather than passive […]

January 8th, 2016|Big Data, Research|0 Comments|

Stratified Medicine in 2015 – Leeds Christmas Lecture

Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics, Professor of Medicine, Liverpool School of Medicine, and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine, gave a a Christmas lecture at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds, on stratified and precision medicine.

Stratified Medicine in 2015 – challenges and opportunities
Wednesday 9th December 2015, the Leeds Medical School Lecture Theatre, […]

Tangible Data, explorations in data physicalization

A workshop in the new research area of making data tangible

@ TEI’16, Eindhoven 14th & 16th Feb 2016

Tangible Data, explorations in data physicalization
Call for Participation

Humans have represented data in many forms for thousands of years, yet the main sensory channel we use to perceive these representations today still remains largely exclusive to sight. Recent developments, such as advances in […]

December 9th, 2015|Big Data, Research|0 Comments|

Patient portals for patient adherence – evidence of effects

A controlled study about the effect of patients using an online refill tool (repeat prescription request system) on their adherence to statins :

Courtney R. Lyles, Urmimala Sarkar, Dean Schillinger, James D. Ralston, Jill Y. Allen, Robert Nguyen, Andrew J. Karter, Refilling medications through an online patient portal: consistent improvements in adherence across racial/ethnic groups, Journal of the American Medical […]

November 30th, 2015|Medicines, Research|0 Comments|

Digital Necklace Wins Unicef Award

“These results are really promising — if I told you 10 years ago that I thought mobile phones could strengthen national health systems, you would have told me I’m crazy. I’m excited to see if wearable and sensor technologies could be the next mobile revolution”  (Erica Kochi, co-lead and co-founder of Unicef Innovation).

The necklace, called Khushi Baby, stores electronic […]

November 16th, 2015|Research|0 Comments|

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|