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Modern Health Talk is about solutions for safe, healthy and independent living at home, with resources aimed at the empty-nested baby boomer whose time is split between her adult children (and grandchildren) and her elderly parents, often as an unpaid caretaker, motivated by love, duty, and a need to preserve family assets. This growing demographic also has a new appreciation of their own mortality. The Modern Health Talk website is positioned between Online Support Groups on one end, and Technology Websites at the other. Our blog features over 500 Articles about Telehealth, mHealth, home robots, Universal Design principles, Big Broadband, Good Sleep, the Future of Health Care, and Public Policies addressing the rising costs of providing care. Our Pinterest boards include over 1,000 healthcare infographics. And we believe we have the web’s most extensive list of online Resources. We know already that you’re relatively affluent & tech savvy, because you found us online and are likely looking for ways for you or a loved one to stay safe, healthy & happy at home as long as possible. You may also be looking to downsize or remodel a home and value features that will help you to stay there and age-in-place.
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5 Most Recent ARTICLES:
- MiniTrends affecting Telehealth Overlapping MiniTrends affecting Telehealth include health reform, the Internet of Things, speech recognition & synthesis, and real-time language translation. I’ve written a lot here about health reform, telehealth, medical tourism, the Internet of Things, and the overlap of healthcare MiniTrends, but today I saw a video that evolves my thinking further. It’s about Microsoft’s Skype and their newest Skype Translator Preview. The Skype Translator video below gave me a glimpse of what telehealth might be like in 5 years or so. This vision includes the Internet, video consultations, smart sensors, and the trend of medical devices becoming smaller, cheaper, easier to use, and widely used among consumers for telemedicine. But the video consultation may be done from anywhere, in any language, and that could dramatically increase competition and result in much better outcomes at lower prices. As you watch, imagine that it’s a conversation between you and a doctor in Costa Rica, where you went for your knee surgery and recovered on the beach in a 4-star hotel, paid for by your ...
- Bluetooth versus ZigBee and Z-Wave My friend Julie Jacobson wrote a piece in CE Pro magazine about her interview with Dave Mayne of Resolution Products about three standards competing for wireless domination. Today’s article features my response. Bluetooth versus ZigBee and Z-Wave Anyone working with wireless networks, medical devices, home automation, or The Internet of Things should benefit from understanding lessons learned with HomeRF and why it ultimately lost out as the preferred standard for wireless home networking. Here’s a subset of history from http://www.cazitech.com/HomeRF_Archives.htm “At its peak in 2000, HomeRF represented 95% of the wireless home networking market, and most analysts viewed HomeRF as technically superior to IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi). Its adaptive frequency hopping technology contributed to security advantages over Wi-Fi’s encryption, as well as better interference immunity and QOS capabilities designed to carry voice, data and streaming audio & video simultaneously. “HomeRF initially had a huge cost advantage over 802.11 and was the first to hit the magic $100 consumer price point when 802.11b NICs sold for $250 ...
- Sleep Statistics from Sleepless in America By Wayne Caswell, Intelligent Sleep and founder of Modern Health Talk This last Sunday, I watched “Sleepless in America,” a 2-hour documentary on the National Geographic channel, and I captured some of its powerful statistics and blended them with my own, forming the basis of today’s article. But first, here’s the 3-min trailer. Additional short video segments are included below, along with a related infographic, and if the full length video gets posted, I’ll include it too. Sleep Statistics How much sleep do we Need? Every species studied to date (plant or animal) needs sleep. Human Infants need 16 hours/day Children ages 5-12 need 10-11 hours/night Teens need 8-10 hours Adults need 7-9 hours Seniors need 6-8 hours How much sleep do we Get? 2 hours — Americans sleep this much less than we did 50 150 years ago. 40% of all adults sleep less than 7 hours. (Actually most sleep less than 7 hrs Mon-Fri.) >40% of night shift workers sleep less than 6 hours. 30% of all adult workers get less than 6 hours. (CDC, 2012) 70% of adolescents ...
- Cars for seniors who can’t drive themselves EDITOR: When seniors can no longer drive a car, they lose their independence and become dependent on others for the simplest things — shopping for groceries or Christmas gifts, getting a haircut, going the bank or doctor or the movies, and more. That can be devastating and even force them into institution care, ultimately shortening their lifespan. So it’s why I’m a fan of the autonomous, self-driving car, and Google, the company that’s so far leading the way. And it’s why I’m happy to republish this article by Zachary Shahan at FIX.com about cars for seniors who can’t drive themselves. Hands-Free Driving: Google’s New Driverless Car One of the biggest tech stories of the year is definitely the unveiling of Google’s driverless car. The general story is this: Google is manufacturing some completely self-driving cars – no steering wheels, accelerator pedals, or brake pedals. But the details are pretty fascinating, and even more interesting are the broad societal implications. How the Driverless Car Works Google’s driverless car ...
- Snooze or Lose – TODAY Show series summary On November 9th, TODAY launches a weeklong “Snooze or Lose” series with a commissioned survey exploring why Americans can’t sleep. Highlights with the best statistics and videos are shown below, but more can be found at the link to today.com. Sleep Statistics Americans feel so sleep deprived that almost half of adults — 65% of women — prefer a good night’s sleep over sex. 72% of adults see sleep as one of the great pleasures of life, but 46% say they don’t get enough. It’s even worse for women; 58% fall short of their ideal goal of just over eight hours a night. 33% of young adults 18-34 believe to get ahead in their careers, they must survive on less sleep; while 19% of 35-54 year-olds and just 6% for seniors think this. 40% of young adults, 33% of older adults, and over 11% of seniors believe they must sacrifice sleep to care for their families. 64% of young adults, 49% of older adults, and 35% of seniors agree that being able to survive on less sleep ...