Continuous Chest Compression CPR: Mayo Clinic Presentation

Doctors at Mayo Clinic recommend a modified CPR method which is not mouth to mouth and it saves more lives. According to Dr. Bobrow the goal is to generate blood flow to the heart and to the brain. When a person collapses there is still enough oxygen in the heart to keep them alive for 10 minutes; but only if that blood gets into the brain. Continous chest compression can circulate the oxygen and it keeps the blood flowing to the brain. Click Here to watch how.

Mobile Technology for Health Behavior Change

Weight loss and healthier eating habits are nearly universal New Year’s resolutions and keeping a daily journal is an excellent way to manage our weight. Nowadays mobile apps make it easy to keep a diet journal and manage our weight. For example:

PhotoCalorie is both a visual food journal and nutrition search engine that simplifies the tedious task of nutrient enumeration and calorie counting. PhotoCalorie provides a new “right brain” visual approach to diet management in addition to the traditional “left brain” calorie-counting approach of other diet diaries. Also, its’ search engine technology allows users to search for their entire meal in one step,

Lose it! is an impressive iPhone weight loss journals and offers a number of features to track your diet, exercise and weight changes over time. Lose it! also provides a way for users to join discussion forums of people with similar goals. The app’s motivators section lets you set reminders to enter your foods right before your meal, and receive daily or weekly emails summarizing your progress.

LIVESTRONG Foundation provides a calorie-tracker and workout log. LIVESTRONG is similar to Lose it!; in addition, the platform offers access to health tools for managing diabetes, quitting smoking or learning new exercises, and more. It also offers online educational material about nutrition, fitness and health.

For more information about these platforms, CLICK HERE.

Source: Medpage Today by Michele R. Berman, MD; December 27, 2010

Mind Over Matter: Controlling Individual Neurons By Your Thoughts

Neuro-scientists in UCLA and Caltech were able to show that people can use their thoughts to control what they see on the computer monitor.

The patients could control their thoughts in a conscious manner where their imagination could overwrite the visuals displayed for them. They could deliberately “regulate the activity of their neurons to intentionally alter the outcome of stimulation.”

By tracking such neuron activities, scientists may be able to develop a direct brain-machine interface based on human thought, intention and imagery such as memories and even dreams.

To listen to Christof Koch, Itzhak Fried and Moran Cerf, Click Here.

Source: Singularity Weblog, November 4, 2010

Brene Brown@TEDx: The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Brené’s current research focuses on authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations. Her work draws on empirically based strategies to engage your clients on a cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal level to improve their ability to empathize, belong, and love.

In THIS funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research. It’s quite awesome!

Source: TEDxHouston, Filmed June 2010, POsted Dec. 2010

Anima, Animus & The Future of Business

The anima and animus in Carl Jung’s school of analytical psychology, are the two primary archetypes of the unconscious mind. The anima and animus are described by Jung as elements of his theory of the collective unconscious, a domain of the unconscious that transcends the personal psyche. In the unconscious of the male, it finds expression as a feminine inner personality: anima or female archetype; equivalently, in the unconscious of the female it is expressed as a masculine inner personality: animus or male archetype.

At his talk for a gathering of TEDxWomen in the Bay area, John Hagel the Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation framed a perspective that has been been evolving regarding the gender implications of the Big Shift. According to Hagel one of the requirements for success in the future of business is getting access to a broader and more diverse range of knowledge flows. Therefore, we must find ways to scale the number of trust based relationships that we can build and maintain. To make this happen the masculine culture within the organizations must find a way to adapt to the psychic power of the feminine archetype.

Hagel predicts that the future belongs to those of us, female or male, who can adopt and embrace the anima. This archetype can turn mounting pressure into expanding opportunity where we can move from a diminishing returns world to an increasing returns world.

To learn more about this perspective, Click Here:

Source: Edge Perspectives with John Hagel

Smart Pills: chip-on-a-pill

Earlier this month, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it will be seeking regulatory approval of “smart pills” embedded with microchips within the next 18 months. The chip-on-a-pill, developed by Proteus Biomedical will transmit data from the body to doctors, helping them to track med intake and tweak dosage.

If approved, smart pills can play a major role in reducing the cost of healthcare; as well as a big leap towards providing personalized treatments. To figure out who takes what drugs, when, and in what doses would help in reduction of the skipped doses by patients and the prevention of drug abuse.

In addition, treatments could become fully customizable in real-time. That could mean patients wouldn’t need to wait weeks to determine if a drug was compatible, or have to switch medication several times. If you were in the 2% who will experience a particular side effect, your doctor could know before it kicked in. The promise for customizable treatments is a powerful one, and it’s already a driving force in biotech.

To learn more about how does it work, click here.

Source: Singularity Hub, December 6th, 2010 by Drew Halley