A group of Dutch researchers (Celik et al. 2008) performed a study on diversity in Healthcare and found out that most patients are treated with a ‘one-fits-all’ approach. Only gender is taking into account to treat patients (women and men) in a more personalized way. The researchers state that “special needs and preferences related to different cultural backgrounds, age, and social economic status are hardly noticed”. According to them, this could be changed through education and training of professionals in the particular context they are immersed. Likewise sharing of knowledge is also pointed out as a very important aspect. Nowadays, this could be implemented through knowledge (online) networks where professionals can exchange information and experiences.

This is a very interesting article as it could be a way towards a more “patient-centric” healthcare.

For more information: Celik, H, Abma, T, Widdershoven, G, van Wijmen, F, & Klinge, I (2008), ‘Implementation of diversity in healthcare practices: barriers and opportunities’, Patient Education And Counseling, 71, 1, pp. 65-71

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Radiation-blocking underwear…

September 13, 2010

Airport X-ray scanners is the latest security measure that you have to go through before boarding a plane in the US. But, how safe are they? A lot to discuss about it… So far, you still got the option of getting a pat down. So no need to worry too much, right? Well, if you belong to those that think that soon there’ll be x-ray scanners everywhere, from schools to museums, etc., a company (Rocky Flats Gear) seems to have found the solution for you: ‘radiation-blocking’ underwear.
This all sounds very nice, but what happens with the rest of the body, doesn’t it get affected by radiation? Soon, we’ll have to be walking around on ‘radiation-blocking’ clothes. And the head? use an astronaut-like mask? How far can we go with those ”prevention” measures?

MRI is a powerful tool to assess neurological abnormalities in preterm babies. However, performing an MR scan on a neonate can be hazardous: positioning the baby inside the scanner, sedation, making sûre only MR-compatible material is used… Anyone that has performed or seen an MR exam of a neonate knows how cumbersome it is. This is where an MRI-compatible incubator comes in handy.
MRI-compatible incubators preserve the environmental cocoon of the incubator, maintaining temperature and ventilation stability and reducing the need to handle infants in the MRI environment. This reduces risks, increases the number of infants that can benefit from an MR exam and saves time in the MR suite. Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria have just published the results of a study on how the MRI-compatible incubator affects clinical management. Read more on the September issue of the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology (2010, Vol. 14:5, pp. 410-417).

What is knowledge?

September 3, 2009

Take a look at this website: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08673a.htm

IF…..

August 13, 2009

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Beautiful poem from Rudyard Kipling