Social Media Transforming Health Care
The South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas is hosting its first ever health conference. Experts will converge to discuss how social media is transforming the health care industry.
The South by Southwest festival will host expert panels on health care this year: "One panel will discuss whether or not physicians should use Facebook, while another will address the emotional impact of Twitter and other social media. A discussion dubbed 'Geekfit: How to Embrace Technology and Healthy Lifestyles' will explore the long-term health risks of digital media obsession and long hours working in front of a computer. 'Social Health: Who Wants to 'Like' Hemorrhoid Cream?' will discuss Big Pharma's aim to move into social media. Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals, a US-based matching service that links patients with their ideal doctors, will present his company's approach to digitizing the patient-physician relationship."
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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
Research has shown that men today have less testosterone than they used to. What's happening?
- Several studies have confirmed that testosterone counts in men are lower than what they used to be just a few decades ago.
- While most men still have perfectly healthy testosterone levels, its reduction puts men at risk for many negative health outcomes.
- The cause of this drop in testosterone isn't entirely clear, but evidence suggests that it is a multifaceted result of modern, industrialized life.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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