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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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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February Is Heart Month: Share the Love for the Heart-Brain Connection

February is American Heart Month, and it’s a great time to once again focus our thoughts on what is without doubt the brain’s favorite valentine, the heart.

Why does heart health matter so much to our intellectual wellness? The relationship between cardiovascular function and our brain health is well established. Numerous studies have shown over and again that the same factors known to impact cardiac health, such as physical activity, weight and stress, also play a significant role in determining dementia risk. The robustness of this relationship is strong and clear, and many of us know that what is good for our heart is good for our brain as well.
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Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon – Darryle Pollack on Huffington Post

In a recent Huffington Post article, Darryle Pollack paid tribute to Barbie Ritzco who signed up to be a Marine, to be on the front lines fighting America’s battles, not on the front lines fighting breast cancer. In February 2011, she was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Breast Cancer, four months after being deployed to Afghanistan.

On September 26, 2014, cancer swallowed up Barbie Ritzco at age 39, cutting short a remarkable life. Her loss has hit hard. It’s hard to accept that even for the toughest and worthiest warriors, battle metaphors don’t quite fit the truths of cancer.

Barbie taught other truths of cancer along the way.
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Brain Science from Dr. Cynthia Green

The focus on this month’s brain science report, from Dr. Cynthia Green, features the benefits of keeping busy, both at work and online:

BRAIN SCIENCE: Your Brain @ Work: Challenging Work May Reduce Dementia Risk
German researchers conducting a review of the literature found that a work environment that offers a rich intellectual experience, engagement with others, work with data as well as a high degree of job control may lower risk for dementia later in life. A systematic review of the literature resulted in 17 studies qualifying for inclusion in their analysis. Their findings, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine,suggest that our work environment may play a protective role in brain health.
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Dr. Stork Discusses Mindful Eating And Its Impact On Your Health

We’ve all done it: eaten something so fast that we don’t even taste it! In his latest NY Times best-selling book: The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork offers 10 Food Prescriptions for Optimal Health. Number 1 on his list is mindful eating.

If you can’t remember what food you had at your last meal, you probably ate it mindlessly, without thinking or noticing how it tasted or how your body reacted to it!  If you can open your mind and become fully aware of food and its impact on your health and your life, everything else you do will be easier.
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Technology and Healthcare Join Forces to Promote Prevention & Wellness

It’s not unlikely to find someone in our office marching in place so that he/she can gain a few steps over another person in the office who has held the most steps in a week – for 10 weeks in a row!  In case you aren’t familiar with Fitbit, it is “a wireless activity tracker that makes every step you take a step toward better fitness”-a quote taken right from the box it is shipped in.

It seems technology and healthcare are continuing to deliver monitoring devices to assist individuals in controlling the prevention of disease and increasing the wellness community.
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10 Tips For A Healthy Heart from Dr. Stork

In his latest NY Times Best seller, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork remarks on how little we appreciate the work our heart does for each of us. Every day it pumps about 100,000 times. Try squeezing your hand 100,000 (or 100 times!) and you’ll start to respect the amount of work your heart does every minute of every day.  Using about the amount of pressure it would take you to squeeze a tennis ball, the muscles in your heart push your entire blood volume – about 6 quarts total – throughout your body three times every minute.  Heart disease is more than a statistic in his ER world. 
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Healing Healthcare In America – It’s About Healing Connections

Dr. Carl Hammerschlag Speaks Out… These are times of uncertainty and anxiety in healthcare delivery in America. The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been a problem, but like it or not some form of it is here to stay. The ACA has provided the impetus for a cultural shift in healthcare delivery from an economically unaffordable interventional model (ERs, tests, and procedures) to one that focuses on prediction and prevention.

I applaud this paradigm shift; never in the history of medicine have great advances against disease come from providing more doctors, doing more procedures, and prescribing more drugs.
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