RADAR: Walmart, Exposome, Bullying, Lab on a Chip


Hi, y’all! I’ve been sick for a month. Did you miss me? WIn between loads of naps, I’ve still been attending webinars & meetings, and tracking new content. I feel absolutely bloated to the gills with things I want to share with folk, but I am never going to have enough time to blog things the way I wish I could. That in mind, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of how to do get some of it out while still leaving myself a little time and space to build up my energy again. This is what I came up with. I’m going to try have these catch-all posts showing what’s on my radar and has caught my attention, even when I don’t have time to do a full post on each topic, as they completely deserve. If I have time later, I’ll do real posts on these, but in the meantime at least you’ll have an idea what I think is interesting right now in case you have more time than I do to follow up on this. Today is the first RADAR. (Let’s hope I can keep this up!)

Walmart

This morning.

NPR: Wal-Mart Plans Ambitious Expansion Into Medical Care:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/11/09/142156478/wal-mart-plans-ambitious-expansion-into-medical-care
PDF of the RFI: http://media.npr.org/assets/blogs/health/images/2011/11/Walmarthealthpartnerships.pdf

This afternoon.

Wal-mart:
http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10744.aspx

“The RFI statement of intent is overwritten and incorrect. We are not building a national, integrated, low-cost primary care health care platform.” – John Agwunobi M.D., Senior Vice President & President of Walmart U.S. Health & Wellness

In between I saw some very exciting conversations on Twitter and Google Plus. You can see parts of these here, and I hope to assemble something more coherent later, because there were some important issues being raised as well as creative ideas.

Twitter: #walmartmed
Twitter conversations between @chukwumaonyeije, @nickdawson and @ahier
Google Plus: conversation started by Nick Dawson

Exposome

“Success in mapping the human genome has fostered the complementary concept of the “exposome”. The exposome can be defined as the measure of all the exposures of an individual in a lifetime and how those exposures relate to disease.” CDC: Exposome & Exposomics, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/exposome/

Webinar: Emerging Technologies for Measuring Individual Exposomes, December 8-9, 2011:
http://nas-sites.org/emergingscience/workshops/individual-exposomes/

Rappaport, S.M. and M.T. Smith, Environment and disease risks . Science, 2010. 330(6003): p. 460-1. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6003/460.summary

Bullying

Just search:
Michigan bullying law

You’ll get an earful! It’s deeply offensive, and I for one support anyone fighting this anti-law that explores the difference between “bullying kids is wrong” vs “bullying kids is wrong EXCEPT IF”. Huge outcry, huge battles, and good news today.

Michigan House Legislators To Compromise On Michigan Bullying Bill
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/michigan-house-legislator_n_1080860.html

That primed the pump to make this grab my attention even more.

Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites: How American teens navigate the new world of “digital citizenship”
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Teens-and-social-media.aspx

Lab on a Chip

I fell in love with this journal. Anyone working in emerging technologies can probably find all kinds of great stuff in it.

Lab on a Chip:
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/journals/journalissues/lc

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