What is a Citizen Scientist?
More and more scientists are taking advantage of the power of the internet, or the “crowd,” to help gather and process huge amounts of data.
can be anyone. You just have to have an interest in science (and a computer). Citizen Scientist
I’m taking part in
. Cochrane Crowd Support evidence-based medicine
has been the go-to … Cochrane Library read on I’ve been reading that this flu season, which is great. It can not only save you money, but keep you home where you’re comfortable and not spreading germs to others. This post was originally published May 2016, but I’ve updated the information. more patients are using telemedicine Time is money
Maybe you have affordable health insurance and a doctor you like.
But have you ever had the experience of calling …
read on Eyeglasses are too expensive! Let me start with a disclosure: I’m not in any way affiliated with ; I just think they have a good product at a reasonable price and wanted to share my family’s experience. Zenni Optical
My husband and I have an individual health insurance plan that does not include vision. When we need new glasses or contacts, we have to pay the full price.
I think …
read on We’re not sleeping enough
Sleeplessness is epidemic in this country.
and report that at least 35% of adults don’t get a good night’s sleep. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) consider insomnia a public health issue
Judging from my circle of friends, I think the percentage is much higher than that!
Insomnia and daytime fatigue make life miserable and contribute to chronic illness. Drowsy drivers cause accidents. Drowsy employees cause …
read on I just found this great game, , while I was surfing around on the internet last weekend! Guts and Bolts
It’s not new, just new to me 🙂
It’s a creation of
, which features all kinds of cool educational games and tools. BrainPOP
The game is kind of a Dr. Frankenstein meets Joe the Plumber as you are introduced to different body parts and organs and learn how they …
read on And maybe win a prize!
Have you or a family member been the victim of crazy medical expenses? Or are you a healthcare provider who has witnessed again and again unreasonable and unfair healthcare costs?
Have you just been waiting for the chance to share your experience with a wider audience?
If so, then the healthcare advocacy group, Costs of Care, wants you to submit your story to its
annual … read on Debt forgiveness
I recently found out about an intriguing non-profit—
. RIP Medical Debt
I’ve posted many times about the high cost of healthcare, even for those of us with health insurance. Medical debt is still a leading cause of personal bankruptcies in this country.
What if those debts could just disappear?
For a lucky few, they can.
RIP Medical Debt, Inc., was founded in mid-2014 by two former
I love finding websites that provide people with evidence-based health care guidance that is also easy to understand.
Like the law, medicine is full of jargon and tortured language that can leave the most intelligent patient confused about risks and benefits.
Clear communication is especially necessary when talking about prescription medications.
I just ran across a new website called
which was started with the goal of providing easy-to-use … Informulary, read on I like playing the brain games of online and on my phone. Lumosity
I like puzzles and words games in general, and Lumosity offers a fun and convenient way to play and keep track of my improvement in a variety of challenges.
I’ve never paid the costly $15 a month subscription, because I’ve never bought into the idea that playing these “brain games”—Lumosity calls it “brain training”—by themselves is enough …
Keeping our money and personal information safe from hackers is an ever-present, and ever-expanding, problem.
Most big retailers and financial institutions are fighting back and making it more difficult for hackers to get our personal and credit info. That’s great, but unfortunately the hackers are just moving to an easier target—our medical identities.
Medical data breaches are expected to be a big problem in 2016.
Medical information is in shorter