Stanford launches digital health center to connect faculty with tech companies


Sumbul Desai

The Stanford University School of Medicine today announced the launch of a center to support collaborations between Stanford faculty and Silicon Valley technology companies to develop, test and implement new digital health tools.

The Center for Digital Health aims to advance the field of digital health by promoting these partnerships, performing clinical research and educating the next generation of physicians and digital health care leaders.

“Digital health is a space where Stanford should be leading the way,” said Sumbul Desai, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and executive director of the center. “The new center will be focused on leveraging our resources and encouraging collaborations that will lead to better health care through digital technology.” More.

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Why Older Couch Potatoes Might Want to Radically Rethink Their Lifestyles

Sitting around on your keister all day is no way to live, and it’s been proven that a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for all kinds of nasty health problems, even premature death in some cases. Now, Canadian researchers are adding one more risk to that long list. According to their study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, sedentary older adults may be just as likely to develop dementia as those who are genetically predisposed to the brain disease. More.

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‘Delirium’ caused by busy hospitals can trigger dementia in older patients

The Telegram (UK) reports: “Noisy and chaotic hospitals are triggering and accelerating dementia in elderly patients, new research reveals. Multiple transfers from ward to ward, staff coming on and off shift and confusing signage contribute to a state of “delirium” which renders patients eight times more likely to succumb to the incurable degenerative disease, the new study found. Until recently, delirium had been understood merely as an “inconvenient side-effect” of being ill in hospital, however this new evidence points to sinister long-term consequences.” Full story.

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Dreaded ‘stomach flu’ wreaks havoc on families — and it’s only going to get worse

The WashingtonPost reports: ”

Once the virus hits, the attacks are often swift and brutal. The stomach and intestines become inflamed. Bouts of vomiting and diarrhea follow that leave victims weak and exhausted. And since the bug is extremely contagious, it can spread easily to others, especially in places like day-care centers, schools, cruise ships and nursing homes. If all of this sounds familiar to those of you who were laid viciously low over the holidays, it’s because the arrival of cold weather usually coincides with an increase in one of winter’s most dreaded horrors: norovirus. Although norovirus is often referred to, incorrectly, as stomach flu, it has nothing to do with influenza, which is a respiratory virus. While you can get sick from norovirus at any time during the year, it’s most common in the winter.” More.

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On being a Hospice Jedi

My colleague and friend  writes:

“Everything I needed to know about being a Hospice Jedi,

I learned from Yoda in Star Wars”

It’s true: read her post here at her blog Telling Secrets.

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The Grieving Need You Most After the Funeral

JOHN PAVLOVITZ writes “But if there’s anything I would tell you, as someone who’s walked through the Grief Valley, is that the time your presence is most needed and most powerful, is in those days and weeks and months and years after the funeral; when most people have withdrawn and the road is most isolating. It is in the countless ordinary moments that follow, when grief sucker punches you and you again feel it all fully.” More.

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Feed Your Kids Peanuts, Early and Often, New Guidelines Urge

The New York Times reports: “The new guidelines, issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Thursday, recommend giving babies puréed food or finger food containing peanut powder or extract before they are 6 months old, and even earlier if a child is prone to allergies and doctors say it is safe to do so. One should never give a baby whole peanuts or peanut bits, experts say, because they can be a choking hazard.” More.

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