Mobile Devices for Better Health

In a recent article, Healthcare Selfies: Consumers Go Mobile for Better Health, Dr. John Patrick features mobile devices for consumers to monitor their health. One such device is AliveCor. It has a heart monitor that attaches to the back of an iPhone and creates a 30-second EKG. A team of engineers at Cornell University has developed a smartphone camera attachment that takes a photo of a single drop of blood that a consumer has placed on a strip, and in a matter of seconds a colorimetric analysis displays cholesterol level. Read the article for additional devices. The pace of mHealth adoption will accelerate; self-monitoring and self-diagnosis are here to stay.
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Food As Medicine

Buckwheat honey for a cough, peppermint for IBS, turmeric for arthritis, Chia seeds for high cholesterol, salmon for inflamation…“I think most people think food can’t possibly be as potent as drugs, but I see the powerful direct benefits all the time,” said Dr. Melina Jampolis, in a recent discussion with CNN and posted in an article on Fox8.com. A small, growing number of physicians are “prescribing” foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases and CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don’t have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor…

 

“Tracey, you have to go help. You know what to do!”

Hearing my friend’s urgent statement and feeling her shove on my shoulder, my first impulse was to whirl around denying, “Not me! I’m no expert.” But I was already out of my chair making my way through the patio tables and gawking patrons. A woman was leaning in distress over her slumped and unresponsive elderly companion. Another concerned diner was holding the birdlike lady in a bear hug from behind, his arms locked below her ribcage, delivering his best version of the Heimlich maneuver.

“Has someone called 911?” was my emphatic entry into the fracas.
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Dr Paula Johnson Keynotes Luncheon

Dr. Paula Johnson commented on the following questions in preparation for her May 12, 2015 visit to Bastyr Center for Natural Health where she delivered the Luncheon Keynote address. She brings a broad range of experience as a physician, researcher and expert in public health and health policy:

Why is it so important to acknowledge the biological differences between men and women, and differences in how they experience disease? Most people are shocked to learn the statistics. Most people assume that this work is already done, that this science is done; they assume that health care is based on evidence. That’s why this is an equal rights issue.
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