Archive for September, 2008

Survey of Medical Bloggers

Researchers in the Department of Medical Informatics, Rijeka University School of Medicine, Croatia conducted a study of medical bloggers. The authors point out that despite their popularity, however, little is known about blogs or their creators. They approached 197 medical bloggers of English-language medical blogs which provided direct contact information, with posts published within the [...]

Mobile Phone for Sleep Disorders?

Researchers from Tampere University of Technology and the University of Helsinki, Finland have developed what they are calling the “first health-promoting mobile phone technology in the world.” While screening and diagnosing sleep disorders, researchers noticed that mobile phones have a very sensitive microphone that can detect subtile vocalizations and sounds produced by movements in the [...]

I Robot, I Human

Two interesting articles on robotics describe and study the issue of “how human-like should robots be?” We have anthropomorphized many objects but robots, since most are interactive, easily lend themselves to being endowed with human qualities and personalities. We have already seen that our floor-cleaning robots get named, as do the bomb-defusal robots that have [...]

Internet-Based Study Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Bulimia

Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh are planning a clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of online cognitive behavioral therapy, delivered through a Web site and augmented with therapist-moderated, weekly online chat sessions, to face-to-face group therapy for the treatment of bulimia nervosa. [...]

Medicine 2.0 Conference

The first Medicine 2.0 conference took place last week in Toronto. It is described as “a new, annual international conference on Web 2.0 applications in health and medicine, organized and co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the International Medical Informatics Association, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, and a number of other sponsoring [...]

Virtual 3-D Healthcare Learning Environments

A review article on the use of Virtual Worlds in healthcare education has just been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research(JMIR). According to the abstract, “the author provides a critical overview of three-dimensional (3-D) virtual worlds and