Crowdfunding for a cure

With World Digestive Health Day just around the corner on May 29th, we look at how technology and the social media networks can also be an effective ally for researchers of coeliac disease and the patients they seek to help.

From Twitter to the Apple ResearchKit to the multitude of mobile apps on the market,in previous posts we have looked at ways that technology and social media can encourage medical information sharing for the benefit of more and more people around the world.With World Digestive Health Day just around the corner (May 29th) it is therefore the perfect time to look at how technology and social media can also be an effective ally for researchers – and ultimately patients- when it comes to raising both funds and awareness for coeliac disease. An elusive diagnosis can mean years of suffering Due to its Read more

Tweeting the way to better asthma control

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New Zealand has the second highest rates of asthma in the world, with 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children affected. Asthma is the number one reason for children being admitted to New Zealand hospitals, and asthma hospitalisation rates have doubled in the past 30 years.[i] With this past 2nd marking World Asthma Day, we look at how the social media giant Twitter is making a difference for asthma sufferers.

An incurable condition, vulnerable to environmental triggers Asthma is a chronic condition that cases narrowing, irritation and inflammation of the lung’s airways in the presence of certain triggers, such as allergens or pollution. This creates symptoms such as of wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. The chances are that most of us know someone who has asthma, or we might well suffer from it ourselves. Indeed, in the developed world, "occupational asthma" is the most commonly occurring work-related lung condition, responsible for causing or exacerbating at least 9% of adult asthma cases.[ii] For the 18th annual World Asthma Day, the Global Initiative for Read more

Apple ResearchKit: pocket-sized technology with worldwide potential

Pocket-sized technology with worldwide potential

From 3D printing to Google glass, technology continues to revolutionize medicine, finding more innovative and efficient ways to save lives and improve quality of life. Today Best Doctors looks at one of the latest contributions from Apple.

With the declaration that “now everybody can do their part to advance medical research,[i]” Apple has launched ResearchKit, an open-source research development platform. The first apps released are designed to track asthma, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. They allow iPhone users to submit data and even perform certain tests right from their device, with each app linked to a study led by a recognised medical centre. On the developer side, ResearchKit can be used by anyone with an iPhone to create their own medical research app. The patient experience ResearchKit aims to break down distance and bureaucratic barriers to Read more