Archive for Health

  • 2nd February 2017

    Google is now involved with healthcare data – is that a good thing?

    Google has some of the most powerful computers and smartest algorithms in the world, has hired some of the best brains in computing, and through its purchase of British firm Deepmind has acquired AI expertise that recently saw an AI beat a human grandmaster at the game of go. Why...

  • 20th January 2017

    Hilarious or horrifying? Foetuses Photoshopped onto bellies

    I was both delighted and confused when I saw a discussion of a new “trend” in pregnancy pictures on STFU, Parents, a US blog that pokes fun at people who “overshare” information about parenting through social media. In July, the blog’s creator noted that she had received emails about parents-to-be...

  • 6th January 2017

    Quit-smoking texts send clear message to outdated health promoters

    Smokers who quit with the assistance of a text messaging service are nearly twice as likely to be smoke-free six months later than smokers with no support, according to a study published this week in The Lancet. This underlines the fact health-promotion agencies need to up their game when it...

  • 5th January 2017

    Your smartphone could be good for your mental health

    When it comes to mental health, technologies such as smartphones and social media networks are almost always discussed in terms of the dangers they pose. Alongside concerns expressed in the media, some experts believe that technology has a role in the rising rates of mental health problems. However, there is...

  • 3rd January 2017

    How to improve security and privacy so patients can use social media in hospitals

    As a non-profit organisation, the NHS should follow the same principles behind open-source: sharing knowledge and standardising procedures to help all the patients. And in the same way that the software industry benefits from sharing source code with the public – fostering a community of users and developers, recruiting free...

  • 29th December 2016

    How your friends affect your health

      Think about your five closest friends. What do they care about? Do they love the gym? Long walks on the beach? Maybe they smoke, or are overweight. You should choose your friends wisely, because they can have a big influence on your health. Growing evidence suggests disease spreads through...

  • 26th December 2016

    How Twitter gives scientists a window into human happiness and health

    Since its public launch 10 years ago, Twitter has been used as a social networking platform among friends, an instant messaging service for smartphone users and a promotional tool for corporations and politicians. But it’s also been an invaluable source of data for researchers and scientists – like myself –...

  • 23rd December 2016

    Some doctor-patient social media relationships are NSFW

    Patients have gone online, digital natives are entering medical schools and regulatory bodies, like the General Medical Council in the UK, are scrambling to respond to the impact these changes are having on medical professionalism. The possibilities for enhanced learning, better communication and higher quality care are vast. Social media,...

  • 21st December 2016

    Move over Dr Google, the future of health is social

    Pretty soon, not being involved in social media will be just as implausible as not having a telephone. If my 80-year-old dad is on Facebook and women over 55 are the fastest growing demographic on the site, then it’s fair to say that social media tools aren’t the province of...

  • 28th November 2016

    The promising role of social media in preventing HIV

    Advances in social networking offer a new route to engage YMSM. Social-media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and online dating and other mobile phone–based applications, allow us an unprecedented opportunity to reach and engage with traditionally hard-to-reach populations. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 90 percent...

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