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Apple ResearchKit Turns iPhones Into Medical Diagnostic Devices


Anybody else SUPER excited about this?!?  With technology functions and platforms (those are real things, right?) ever on the rise, using them to a medical advantage has been in the works for some time (heck, I’ve even known about it for years).  There are quite a few incredible health-related things that you can do with your smartphone already (check out this list for some sweet apps) and I think the future is only bright for earlier diagnoses and better management.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Medical research is plagued by small sample sizes and inconsistent data collection. So Apple is stepping up to help health innovation with Research Kit, a new iOS software framework that lets people volunteer to join medical research studies. ResearchKit lets people take tests like saying “ahhh” to detect vocal variations, walking in a line, or tapping in rhythm to test for Parkinson’s Disease.

Users will decide how to share their data and Apple won’t see it. And to advance its evolution, ResearchKit will be open source. ResearchKit will be available next month, and the first five tests built with it will become available today. They help people participate in tests for Parkinson’s, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and breast cancer.

Tap Test

Apple’s Jeff Williams came out on stage today at the Apple Watch event to show off ResearchKit. He explained how Apple worked with 12 research institutions to build out the app, including University…

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Listen up…

On our cross-countryish road trip Dan and I listened to the infamous Serial podcast. It reinvigorated my love of listening to information rather than just reading it. Because, let’s be honest here, I usually get my news from Jon Stewart and Facebook. My love of non-fiction reading has started to play second fiddle to my new love of book club recommendations.  So I subscribed to a whole host of podcasts in an effort to educate myself.  Plus now I have more interesting topics to add to conversations than just my current thoughts on lunch and geometry (all my tutoring kids seem to be learning trig functions right now).
Here’s my list:

Stuff You Missed in History Class
The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology
My Brother, My Brother and Me
The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Car Talk
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

I’m currently catching up on about a bajillion back episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class (two more down on my way to work today!) but am always looking for more suggestions.  So, three people who read my blog (thanks Dan and Dad), any suggestions for more to add to my list?  Any SYMHC topics you want to discuss?  I’m all ears…

My 2015 reading challenge…

I love challenges.  I love books.  I love lists.  I found a challenge list of 50 different types of books to read in 2015 while Pinteresting, my new favorite.  And while 50 books is beyond my reading goal for the year (finishing 24 is my actual goal), I know that I can knock out a few at a time with only one book.  Multi-tasking (another thing I love).

So far this year I’ve finished three books:

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (rated: 3 out of 5)
  • The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (rated: 4 out of 5)
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (rated: 4 out of 5)

…and so far I’ve crossed a number of items off the list:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie The Road
  4. A book published this year
  5. A book with a number in the title
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters Watership Down
  8. A funny book
  9. A book by a female author The Monogram Murders
  10. A mystery or thriller The Monogram Murders
  11. A book with a one-word title
  12. A book of short stories
  13. A book set in a different country The Monogram Murders
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author’s first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
  17. A book a friend recommended
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Road
  19. A book based on a true story
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir
  27. A book you can finish in a day
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle The Monogram Murders
  35. A book set in the future The Road
  36. A book set in high school
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic
  40. A graphic novel
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before Watership Down
  42. A book you own but have never read Watership Down
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished

I would have to say that crossing off ten items with only three books is pretty impressive (pats herself on the back).  So here’s hoping that I keep it up because, let’s be honest, one can only read so many papers about the hindgut hypothesis before getting a little stir crazy.  Amiright?!?

A list of wonderful things…

Sometimes I get caught up in complaining.  I enjoy making my complaining into jokes but really, that doesn’t make it any better.  When Dan has a bad day I ask him about three things that make him happy or make him give me a list of five reasons why he loves me (the second one is mostly for my own benefit).  So I suppose that I should hold myself to the same standard.

A short list of 5 wonderful things in life:

  1. Since fracturing my foot I’ve had to wear a post-op shoe or orthotic inserts every day.  I finally went back and picked up the newer pair of orthotics from the doctor and am able to fit them into my boots.  I’M NOT WEARING SNEAKERS TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER!!!  (Well, since the day of my wedding when I wore my heels because, you know, wedding shoes.)
  2. I’ve met a few amazing diabetics over the past few months both in person and online (as in, I went through a phase where I started following about a dozen diabetic Instagram accounts).  It’s a great place to talk about the suckiness of diabetes with people who truly understand and it helps to know you’re not alone.
  3. Tea lattes.
  4. I blame the Serial podcast, but Dan and I have been having in-depth conversations about morals and mindsets and experiences lately.  I love to goof around and, more importantly, to laugh, but these conversations with Dan have been strangely fulfilling and have also spread to other relationships in my life.
  5. Manicures.  I currently have a oh-crap-I-have-some-important-meetings-so-I’ll-just-do-a-quick-coverup-job thing going on.  But it still makes me feel good to have colorful fingertips.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day…

Another quick list…

My life is wonderful.  And since I posted a quick post about 5 annoying things earlier, I thought I would make a quick list of 6 wonderful things.

1. My hair air-dried perfectly today.

2. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to accessorize more.  I wore a necklace today.

3. After a bit more searching than expected I found the gift I am giving to Dan today for his birthday.  Wahoo!

4. I am a part of an email exchange with an MD and a PhD where we all used the word “poopy” in reference to feces.

5. I made my first mug cake this morning.  Technically it was a mug muffin but I’m still putting that in the win column.

6. Pomegranate blueberry tea latte.


A short list of things in increasing order of annoyingness:

1. diabetes

2. testing of blood sugar because of aforementioned diabetes

3. pump alarms

4. pump alarms as a reminder to test blood sugar when blood sugar has been tested many times already but pump refuses to accept these numbers to calibrate itself

5. diabetes