Shaving Tips on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

May 2, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!


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3 Ways to Appear Awkward to Women

April 16, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Greg D Crosariol is extremely awkward and attempts to teach you how to pick up women. TWITTER FACEBOOK ITUNES MERCH IPHONE APP http ANDROID APP

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New at Battling for Health: SmartPhone Health Apps Series

March 31, 2010 by  
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How is the new multimedia technology changing our lives? In lots of ways.

Recently, Apple announced that more than 2 billion phone applications (apps for short) have been downloaded. And that’s just for iPhone & Co. There are operating systems (OS) out there, from Androids to BlackBerry. The current estimate is 140,000 different iPhone apps are available with new ones sprouting up every day. I can’t find any figures but many of these apps (10% is my estimate) have something to do with health and medicine. Health apps will range from tracking your weight and calorie gain to tracking to blood pressure and glucose levels to tracking your pregnancy. All in your so-called mobile smart phone.

No wonder that developers are scrambling to come up with newer and more innovative and more user friendly apps for mobile phone users. And pharmaceutical companies and other health care industry players are realizing the potential for these apps and they, too, are developing industry-sponsored health apps.

The mobile phone is for many people, the doctor in the pocket. The site iPhone Medical Apps: news, reviews, and trends said it rather aptly:

“Smartphones will soon be diagnosing illness as well as advising on cures. Will we all become iPho-chondriacs?”

Lena Bryce’s mobile phone got her pregnant. Dan Woolley’s kept him alive for days under a collapsed building. Fran Neri’s saved her from a life-threatening infection. A fast-growing array of downloadable applications for smartphones is turning the mobile phone into a doctor in your pocket, on constant call to diagnose ills and propose cures. Soon mobile apps could even provide lifesaving home treatment for millions. That’s the upside. Experts warn, though, that apps may turn us into a neurotic nation of phone-hugging iPho-chondriacs.”

Phone apps are not only for patients. More and more doctors rely on their smart phone as a data storage, research and even diagnostic tool. In doing medical literature search using PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine), the keyword “iPhone”, a term we generally do not associated with medical journals, came up with 14 results. A paper published in the journal Health Informatics in August 2009 said:

Beyond phones. With the proper infrastructure, smartphones can help improve clinician satisfaction and increase EMR use.

Smartphone use is gaining traction among clinicians, with products like the iPhone and the BlackBerry supporting the display of drug references, medical calculators, decision support and EMR access. It is critical that a sound wireless infrastructure is in place to support smartphones and ensure connectivity. By tying in smartphones to the electronic record, CIOs can help to improve clinician workflow and maximize EMR use. Some clinicians will resist smartphone use; therefore, CIOs should continue to offer a variety of devices including COWs, tablets, laptops and wired PCs.

In April and the coming months, I will be starting a new series here on Battling for Health called SmartPhone Health Apps. Having recently upgraded from a first generation phone to a 3G iPhone, I am having fun trying out these apps. And I would be sharing with you what I’ll find out. Stay tuned!

How the Internet is spreading health news

April 21, 2009 by  
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Resource post for April

Time was when dissemination of health information is a complicated affair. How do you reach billions of people in the four corners of the earth – fast?

Nowadays, spreading health news is easier than ever – through Internet technology. You can receive news on your computer, on your PDA, your black berry or your mobile phone simultaneously in real time. And health agencies are taking advantage of this technology to send out health news, issue healthcare warnings, and increase awareness. More and more health organizations and advocacy groups use the Internet to campaign and lobby for health and healthcare issues.

Let’s check out how you can avail of what is being offered out there – online and for free.

FDA twitters

With the recent large-scale peanut product, and now pistachio product recalls, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) has a set up a twitter account that consumers can follow to receive regular “tweets” or updates on which products to avoid. Twitter is easy and very user friendly and works well both for Internet-based and phone-based technology. Check out, follow and get tweets.

Other twitter accounts you might want to check out:

American Heart Association

CDC health e-cards

Want to send an e-card? Why not a health e-card? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a wide range of e-cards with health messages and reminders for all occasion and covering almost all health topics from bride safety, to pregnancy, to children vaccination, and taking care of the elderly. The e-cards provide a unique opportunity to say hello, sending warm greetings, and show your family and friends that you are concerned about them and their health.

Google flu trends

Keeping up to date about the flu epidemic is now as easy as googling. Since last year, the CDC and Google have joined forces to track seasonal flu through. Through Google flu trends, the public can easily access information about the where’s and when’s of flu outbreaks. While previous flu tracking systems by the CDC rely on sentinel healthcare providers that reported cases of flu in their area, Google bases their trends on data gathered from the use of the search engine on topics related to flu. And surprisingly enough, CDC and Google data show a very good match except that Google is about two weeks ahead of time.

AHQR pod casts

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) regularly produces audio podcasts through the news series Healthcare 411. The news series covers health topics from heart disease to cancer to diabetes, to more general healthcare news. Great for listening in your car radio, mp3 player or ipod.

Cleveland Clinic web health chats

One of the best hospitals in the US, Cleveland Clinic regularly organizes online health chats which allow patients to ask questions and get information from the hospital’s pool of experts. Participation is easy and for free.

Google Health and Health Vault

Google launched Google Health in 2007, a service that offers secure, online personalized health record services. In other words, your medical records are store online accessible on to you and those whom you give authorization to, e.g. your family and your healthcare provider.

One of Google Health’s most prestigious partners is Cleveland Clinic.

A similar service is offered by Microsoft HealthVault. It has joined forces, for example, with the American Heart Association to run AHA’s programs Heart360 and the HeartHub which allows patients to monitor and manage cardiovascular health using on online tools, e.g. blood pressure monitoring, risk assessment, and dietary planning.

Everybody’s on You Tube

During the peanut recalls in the US earlier this year, the US FDA released several You Tube video clips to inform people better about the recalls. After all, people tend to listen more if they can see the face behind the voice. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) launched a public service campaign with Chandra Wilson as spokesperson on the safe and appropriate use over-the-counter cough and cold medicine. Through You Tube of course.

Health blogs

Blogs such as this one also try to bring you the latest health news and updates. And by commenting, you can even express your thoughts and opinion. Subscribe to out RSS feed ( for the latest update. Or we can tweet you as well if you follow us at

Technology is such a wonderful thing. It connects us to the world and vice versa. While social networking is a great way to meet people on cyberspace and improve your social life, you should also use this technology to manage and improve your health.

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CVD News Watch December 5, 2008

December 5, 2008 by  

Now that you have recovered from the stress of Black Friday, you’ll have some time to catch up with the latest heart news. Happy reading!

CVD device watch

Heart’s surplus energy may help power pacemakers, defibrillators
Imagine a self-sufficient heart implant that doesn’t need any batteries. This is the subject of the latest tests performed by British researchers using the self-energizing implantable medical microsystem (SIMM), a microgenerator that can use the heart’s surplus energy to make heart implants run. This device solves a lot problems that many face, namely, replacement of batteries, limited longevity of the device, and limited functions. Addition more features of pace makers and defibrillators will require more energy consumption. And batteries cannot go any smaller than they are now so that more power means bigger batteries, something that implants cannot afford to have.

CVD health care watch

Revised hours and workloads for medical residents needed to prevent errors
Doctors should also be trained to sleep and rest. A report from the Institute of Medicine shows that rest and sleep can decrease fatigue-related medical errors and enhance learning among medical residents. Revisions to current working hours are proposed. Anybody who watches ER, Dr House and Grey’s Anatomy gets the impression that residents work long hours. This impression is right. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) set the average weekly working hours of residents at 80 hours – double than most jobs. The proposed revisions, unfortunately, do not decrease the number or working hours but reduces the maximum number of hours of continuous duty (without sleep) to 16, as well as increasing the number of days off.

CVD medications watch

Paroxetine, fluoxetine in early pregnancy linked to heart defects in offspring
These two anti-depressants belonging to the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed for pregnant women suffering from clinical depression. This study has found a link between the use of these two drugs during pregnancy and heart anomalies in newborn babies. The drugs also have been found to worsen the effects on smoking on the unborn fetus.

CVD technology watch

Caltech scientists show function of helical band in heart
How does the helical band – the band “which wraps around the inner chambers of the heart in a helix” – work? This has been a question that puzzled scientists for years. Now, scientists at the California Institute of technology (Caltech) may have found the answers. They have created images of the heart and its muscular layers and found that the helical band some sort of a “twisting highway along which each contraction of the heart travels.” When a heart contracts, it doesn’t just move in and out but twists a little bit. “The heart twists to push blood out the same way you twist a wet towel to wring water out of it,” according to principal researcher Morteza Gharib.

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News from the cancer side December 5, 2008

December 5, 2008 by  
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Your cancer news for this weekend is here. happy reading!

News from the technology side

Caltech scientists develop ‘barcode chip’ for cheap, fast blood tests
This device promises to revolutionize diagnostic medical testing. In just 10 minutes, the chip can read froma drop of blood the presence and concentrations of proteins which are used as biomarkers pf certain diseases – including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The Integrated Blood-Barcode Chip (IBBC) has been developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Traditional lab tests are time consuming, require large volumes of blood, and are costly. This chip definitely is a speedier and cheaper alternative. “We wanted to dramatically lower the cost of such measurements, by orders of magnitude,” according to lead researcher James Heath. “We measure many proteins for the cost of one. Furthermore, if you reduce the time it takes for the test, the test is cheaper, since time is money. With our barcode chip, we can go from pinprick to results in less than 10 minutes.” Good new for the health care industry, good news for the patients.

News from the funding agencies

UK charity’s £1.5 billion strategy includes plans for 20 new research centres.
A boost for cancer research in the UK! The country’s leading not-for-profit charity group Cancer Research UK has some big plans. It announced that it will fund more research on pancreatic, lung and oesophageal cancers and open several new research centers. The plans include spending £1.5 billion (US$2.3 billion) on cancer research over the next five years. In addition to pure basic research, it plans to step up work on radiotherapy and surgery.

The charity is also setting 20 new research centers to step up on early detection of cancer, an area considered to be weak in the UK.

News from the health care side

“Stem Cell Tourists” go abroad for unproven treatments
The latest trend in medical tourism is attracting people with uncurable diseases with promises of stem cell cures in other countries. Unfortunately, the so-called “stem cell tourists” usually end up disappointed, even worse, in danger. This trend is causing concerns and has led International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) to issue guidelines on the use of stem cell therapy. “U.S. experts fear that some foreign doctors are rashly treating patients without waiting for clinical trials to validate the safety of their procedures“, National geographic reports.

News from the clinical trials side

Fox Chase Cancer Center physician leads new international treatment study for ovarian cancer
This new, large scale study will “compare the overall effectiveness of the standard treatment (a combination of paclitaxel and carboplatin) for ovarian cancer with recently developed chemotherapy combinations incorporating newer drugs.” It is now open in the US and is planned to include participants in other countries including Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The drugs to be studies are topotecan, gemcitabine, and liposomal doxorubicin.

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