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Persistence Sprinkled with Imagination at the Digital Health Summit

San Diego is always a happy place for me because I am hosted by an amazing husband and wife physician team, who remind me what it means to care about patients. During a relaxing dinner with an inspiring view of the hills,…

Will Neurogaming Speed Our Understanding of the Mind/Body Connection?

Sometimes it’s fun to be on the ground floor of something big. That’s how I felt while attending the first Neurogaming conference created by Zack Lynch, where over 300 diverse professionals from 5 continents gathered at the Yetizen Innovation Lab.  The quirky…

Fecal Transplants

Microbiome and Disease: Fecal Transplants Fecal transplants, also known as fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), may be a cure to the 14,000 deaths per year from Clostridium difficile (C. difficile).  They are a quick and inexpensive outpatient procedure with a 90% cure rate.…

Learning that Germs Can Be Our Friends

There are trillions of bacteria that make up the human microbiome.  How do scientists study all the bacteria, their interactions and their effect on disease? What is Metagenomics? Metagenomics is a rapidly growing field of research that focuses on the…

The Other Human Genome – the Microbiome

Not all causes of disease can be explained by human genetics; there are trillions of bacteria in our bodies that can affect healthy gene expression and development - these bacteria are called microbes. Current statistics show that the number of…

You May Be More Than Your Genes

Ever wonder why family genetics don’t always make sense? According to the increasing number of publications on epigenetics, shown above, there may be both environmental and social influences involved. What is Epigenetics? Epigenetics is the change in gene expression that…

Angelina Jolie and Genetic Testing

Angelina Jolie has been the subject of recent news because she had a preventative double mastectomy. After watching several members of her family battle cancer - Jolie's mother died from ovarian cancer and her aunt from breast cancer - Jolie decided to…

Healthloop – Where the Patient is No Longer “Out of Sight Out of Mind”

Ubiquitous mobile social technology and data analytics has the potential to help us take better care of ourselves.  Now with Healthloop, technology may help doctors take better care of us, before and after surgery. Years ago when I was curious…

DIY Experiments: Mindfulness Parts 2 and 3

In my previous post, I wrote about my first experience attending a mindfulness session. Needless to say, it was a successful experiment, and keen to learn more, I returned to the Hammer to see what the subsequent mindfulness sessions would inspire. My…

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