Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Blind to the Obvious

“…we can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.”

– From Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 


Motorola Is Working On a Password Pill for Once-Daily Authentication — Oh, and a Tattoo, Too

This is like those crazy, futuristic sci-fi movies you watch and imagine what’d be like to have the technology used by the characters…. except in this case, it’s real life!


Let’s get real: We have a password problem.

People generally don’t use unique passwords for each site they visit. Some people just use plain awful passwords. Even if you use strong passwords, as recommended, sites still get hacked (over and over and over again).

Getting rid of passwords altogether has been heralded as a possible solution, whether by fingerprint authentication, eyeball scanning, facial recognition or any number of tactics that use your body as a unique identifier.

Former DARPA head Regina Dugan is now in charge of advanced research at Motorola. In an interview at the D11 conference this week, Dugan showed off two things her team has been working on: a digital tattoo and a once-daily pill, both of which would be used to authenticate you in some manner or another.

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She first showed off the tattoo, saying, “This is…

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Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters

Since I always try to keep myself reading, this is a great resource to find some new books! At any one time, I generally have one book that I actually ‘read’ and a second that I’ll listen to on audiobook (mostly when I’m driving). Usually this allows me to get through a couple books each week at least, oftentimes more. Hopefully I can find some good ones on this list!

TED Blog

Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. Books can teach, giving you a richer understanding of time periods, people and ideas you’ve never been exposed to. But books can do so much more.

[ted_talkteaser id=1755]In today’s talk, TED’s own Lisa Bu introduces us to the concept of “comparative reading,” the practice of reading books in pairs, to give deeper context and reveal new insights. Comparative reading not only helped Bu adjust to American culture after moving here from China for graduate school — it also helped her re-imagine her life and find new directions after her dream failed to come true. This personal, moving talk about the magic of books and resilience of the human spirit is a must-watch »

Every year at TED, we set up a bookstore filled with books recommended by TEDsters of note. Today, as you prepare for a summer…

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mHealth App-of-the-Month:

This is a very interesting article! I definitely think medicine will continue to develop technological healthcare applications at an exponential rate. As mentioned in the article, with the increasing demands of healthcare, these type of innovations could be extremely beneficial to healthcare works, as well as increase patient compliance.

For the Health of IT

What is the big “a-ha” moment with your end users when you first demo your mHealth application for them?

Sense.lyprovides the patient with an easy-to-use interface that can deliverremote assessments, tailored rehabilitation exercises, and dailycheck-ins at their home or on a mobile phone or tablet using natural user interfaces including a virtual avatar, speech recognition, body recognition, and augmented reality. The big “a-ha” moment comes when people realize how easy is to interact with and how simple it  is to express themselves in a meaningful manner, similar to how they talk to their doctors in the office. They’re not confused by the interface and feel like the system is actually listening to them and responding with understanding and empathy.

What problems does your app solve in healthcare?

  • Lack of patient compliance in between office and therapy visits.
  • New demand for health services due to 50…

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The Biggest, Most Disastrous Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Over the Years

Great information.

BYU PreMed

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Cheap Diagnostic Devices Using Paper

Paper could be basis for inexpensive diagnostic devices.

This is a great article about paper capable of repelling liquids and the future use of such material in biomedical diagnostics. 

Therapeutic Hypothermia to the Rescue!

Therapeutic Hypothermia to the Rescue!

This article discusses therapeutic hypothermia in the treatment of cardiac arrest patients.  Ever since I first heard about the technique, I’ve found this treatment to be fascinating. As stated in the article, “…the most celebrated aspect of PAC [post-arrest care] has been therapeutic hypothermia (TH).”  The efficacy of this treatment seems undeniable and it will be fascinating to see how cardiac care evolves over the next decade and beyond.

Therapeutic hypothermia is also well discussed in the book Cheating Death by Sanjay Gupta, a book I highly recommend to anyone interested in medicine.

Brain-Eating Ameba

Brain-Eating Ameba

You may want to rethink nasal irrigation or taking a dip in a warm lake! A rare disease known as primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is caused by the free-living ameba Naelgleria fowleri.  The ameba is also known as the “brain-eating ameba” and the resulting infection is almost always fatal.  According to the CDC, swimming in warm freshwater areas such as rivers, lakes, and ponds is a primary source of infection, but regular participants in sinus irrigation with contaminated tap water are also at risk.  Please follow the link to view a video regarding the infection and/or for more detailed information.


All information and the photo shown were obtained from Medscape.

Failures and the Road to Achievement

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

C.S. Lewis

Recognizing Mistakes

…it is much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to identify and label the mistakes of others than to recognize our own.

From the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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