Custom Cardiology: A Virtual Heart for Every Patient
A very good investment if you can afford it
‘A poet might say that each human being’s heart is a unique mystery. Those of us working in the brand new field of computational medicine, however, can now model each of those unique hearts with marvelous accuracy and reveal their secrets. In my laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, my team creates computer models to simulate individual patients’ hearts, which can help cardiologists carry out life-saving treatments. Such models may soon transform medicine, ushering in a new kind of personalized health care with radically improved outcomes…’
One Of The Easiest Ways To Shift Your Workplace Into A Standing One
‘Sitting at a desk and being inactive for long periods of time is bad for you, both in terms of health and productivity. Study after study shows it and yet there’s not much left for the office worker to do about it. Unless you’re working for a hip startup, you’re unlikely to find standing desks at your workplace. At the same time makeshift contraptions such as a stack of binders on top of your desk might not be the most elegant or appropriate solution.
‘StorkStand claims to be “the most affordable standing desk” on the market, and indeed, compared to the prices of most standing desks that usually run north of $1,000, StorkStand’s $199 might sound really good. Compared to Ikea’s latest standing desk offering, which starts at $489.99 and is also easily adjustable from sitting to a standing position, the price tag might not seem as inviting. Still, the best advantage of StorkStand is its mobility. For those who have flexible working locations it can provide a sure way to keep up with their standing-while-working routines…’
Publisher? Give Readers What Facebook Can’t
‘The New York Times seems to have finally awoken to the idea that Facebook exerts a growing amount of control over how millions of people get their news, and that it would very much like to increase that control as much as possible — in order to serve the best interests of its users, of course. This is something that I have been writing about for some time now, and it is not going away. If anything, the pressure on media companies to play ball with Facebook is only growing more intense.
‘As David Carr and Ravi Somaya note in their pieces, the structure of the media business has changed dramatically thanks to the rise of the social web — of which Facebook is by far the largest part. Where media companies used to control the distribution of their content because they owned the printing presses and the trucks, now entities like Facebook control who sees what and when…’