A vision of the future

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When technology and medicine meet, the results can bring countless benefits for millions of people around the world, from patients to doctors, from companies to insurers. Today’s post features two devices, which will soon be making their market debut.

A closer look at our health Those smart new glasses your colleague is wearing might actually be smarter than you think. VSP Global, a US based non-profit eye care company has come up with a new health wearable that is visionary in every sense of the word. With frames crafted by designer eyewear maker Dragon Alliance, the new health-tracking glasses contain sensors with similar functions to a wrist-worn fitness tracker, such as monitoring steps taken, calories burned and distance travelled. The glasses can be synced via Bluetooth to an app for real time activity tracking. Although the glasses will first be tested on Read more

All the right moves for Parkinson’s sufferers

Tomorrow marks the 2nd annual World Brain Day, sponsored by the World Federation of Neurology. On this occasion, Best Doctors looks at how people all over the world have harnessed the power of dance as an effective treatment for Parkinson’s, a debilitating neurological condition.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder resulting from the loss of brain cells responsible for producing dopamine, a chemical that controls body movement and muscle coordination. Symptoms vary, but may include tremors, shaking and difficulty moving or walking. Sufferers can also experience cognitive symptoms, such as anxiety, and limitations with problem solving, thinking and memory. 4 in 1000, or approximately 80,000 people in Australia suffer from Parkinson’s disease. In people over 60 years old, Parkinson’s incidence increases to 1 in 100. There is still no cure, yet treatments and therapies are available which can control symptoms and help improve Read more

The obesity-cancer connection

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Approximately 26% of men and 24% of women in England, and about 24% of men and 30% of women in Scotland are obese[i]. Although obesity has been long associated with diabetes and heart conditions, it is also increasingly linked to cancer, as recent findings have shown. Today’s post explores the implications and reasons behind the numbers.

The World Health Organisation defines obesity as having a Body Mass Index (BMI)[ii] of 30 or more[iii]. In the UK, approximately 26% of men and 24% of women and in England, and about 24% of men and 30% of women in Scotland are obese[iv]. Around the world, obesity rates have doubled since 1980[v] and, although long associated with diabetes and heart conditions, a recent report now shows a clear connection between obesity and cancer. The report, released at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago this past May 29, reveals two major findings: 1 in 5 cancer Read more