Health Technology

How is the Apple Watch 4  helping your health?

Are all the new features of the Apple Watch 4 working well? There is serious hope that new technology will improve healthcare delivery as well as prevention.

The FDA’s position is that due to the great promise of these new technologies and the rapid pace of change, modernization of our regulatory approach to better enable and more efficiently spur innovation in this novel area will improve the health and quality of life of consumers and patients.

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Serotonin Robbers

By Nicolette Francey Asselin, M.D

1. Sparkless Days

Happiness determines how long we live and how strong our families are.

After returning from an overseas trip, I was fighting time changes and a cold that robbed me of hours of sleep. The day ahead appeared blurred, faint, colorless, and gray. The natural sparkle that generated my sense of enthusiasm and fired my first steps out of bed, had vanished. Later, I sat down to my favorite routine, writing, but chapters I had written appeared dull, unexciting, and soporific. The sunless day weighed heavily on me, or even spicy food seemed bland, vapid, and savorless. Why such a low mood? My husband and I had just had a pleasant visit with my family in Europe, and no dark clouds were lurking on the horizon of our peaceful lives. Full story

This story is the first of a 4 part article series:

  • 1. Sparkless Days
  • 2. Portrait of the Robbers
  • 3. Tryptophan Deprivation
  • 4. Manufacturing the “Magic Powder”

This article can be followed in ReFlex-ions.

Book Analysis

Healthcare Dilemmas

Ever wondered why « Primary Care Physicians «  have  vanished?

By Nicolette Francey Asselin

In a book called “A Monster Chase,” Marion Stahl presents a story that gets to the bottom of our shortage of physicians today. In the analysis of the book, one will find the many positions of prominent spokesmen on the issues presented in this book.  Read

 

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When Cancer Meets the Internet

Dr. Google doesn’t always know what’s best.

By Jane Brody

When faced with an actual or potential diagnosis of cancer, most people are inclined to consult Dr. Google, often before they see a real live medical expert. Unfortunately, Dr. Google doesn’t always know what’s best.

A generation ago, patients were largely dependent upon the physicians they consulted as to how best to deal with a disease like cancer. Nowadays there’s the internet, replete with a virtual tsunami of information offered by all kinds of sources, from experts equipped with evidence-based facts to people selling products or outright quackery. The trick is to know how to tell the difference, especially since the disparate guidance provided can become a matter of life or death.

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The Science behind Taste Buds

by Nicolette Francey Asselin

The ability to taste food is a vital part of our lives.

While some studies differ on this point and claim that it is inherited, the ultimate sense of taste is learned and developed at an early age. Early exposure strongly influences the components of flavors, detected by our sense of smell (olfactory system) and taste (gustatory system). Read

The Race to Diagnose Cancer With a Simple Blood Test

By Ron Wislow

Liquid biopsies could transform cancer care as we know it.

Five years ago, a team of researchers pored over the results of a prenatal genetic test given to more than 125,000 healthy pregnant women and made a stunning discovery. The blood test, marketed by gene-sequencing giant Illumina, was designed to detect chromosome anomalies associated with conditions such as Down syndrome by analyzing fragments of fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood.

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Marguerite’s Table

by Nicolette Francey Asselin, M.D.

“As a child, my family’s approach to mealtime was without food fights. What I learned stayed with me throughout my life. I realize now that’s how both my loved ones and I have effortlessly maintained good health.”

Envision the meal you carefully prepared with love, spattered all over your kitchen!

“Eating should be fun.”  Chef José Andrés on «60 Minutes»

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Author: Nicolette Francey Asselin M.D. “Taste Buds” The Magic and Fun of Sensible Food.