15 Mobile Apps that Will Matter in 2011 – PCWorld

Smartphones are doing a lot of things this sounds really good. I want to know more about how this works and the benefits of using it.

15 Mobile Apps that Will Matter in 2011 – PCWorld: “WellDoc DiabetesManager System

Using a smartphone app to monitor your health certainly makes sense, as you have your phone with you most of the time. But when an app goes beyond simply monitoring your health and delves into delivering actual medical advice, well, relying on an app could be dicey. That’s why the FDA has ruled that WellDoc’s DiabetesManager System, a smartphone app coming in 2011, must be treated as a medical device. It’s an important precedent, and the FDA’s move shows that there is plenty of potential for similar medical apps in the future.

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Google Body Browser

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via Google Operating System by Alex Chitu on 12/16/10

Google has recently demoed an interesting WebGL application called Body Browser, which lets you explore the human body just like you can explore the world in Google Earth. Now you can try Google Body Browser before it’s added to Google Labs, assuming that you have a WebGL-enabled browser:

* WebGL is available, but not enabled by default in Chrome 8 (the latest stable version). Type about:flags in the address bar, click “Enable” next to “WebGL” and then click on “Restart now”. Please note that this is an experimental feature in Chrome 8.
* WebGL is enabled by default in Chrome 9 Beta, Chrome 9 Dev Channel, Chrome Canary Build and Firefox 4 beta.

Damon Hernandez was surprised to notice that the application doesn’t require a plugin. “Unlike other web based medical applications I have seen, no Flash, Java, or other plugins are needed. This application will run on any WebGL supported browser. (…) Last year I got the opportunity to work on an open standards based web3D medical app for learning the bones of the body. After witnessing how that app really helped students learn the bones, I am sold on using web3D for medical education.”

Using Evidence-Based Internet Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities Wor…

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via Journal of Medical Internet Research by Ricardo F. Muñoz on 12/17/10

Health disparities are a persistent problem worldwide. A major obstacle to reducing health disparities is reliance on “consumable interventions,” that is, interventions that, once used, cannot be used again. To reduce health disparities, interventions are required that can be used again and again without losing their therapeutic power, that can reach people even if local health care systems do not provide them with needed health care, and that can be shared globally without taking resources away from the populations where the interventions were developed.

This is the abstract only. Read the full article on the JMIR site. JMIR is the leading open access journal for eHealth and healthcare in the Internet age.

this is only one intervention which should be implemented to prevent and decrease disparities in healthcare. I wish we would be bold and “just do it” as Nike would say.

The Independent: Cuban medics in Haiti put the world to shame

Sunday, 26 December 2010


They are the real heroes of the Haitian earthquake disaster, the human catastrophe on America’s doorstep which Barack Obama pledged a monumental US humanitarian mission to alleviate. Except these heroes are from America’s arch-enemy Cuba, whose doctors and nurses have put US efforts to shame.

US media does not discuss Haiti and the US is part of what is wrong there.   Cuba our arch enemy is leading the humanitarian aid there – how ironic.