Google Health

» Google Health: Is It Good For You? – DiabetesMine| diabetes, life, health, community

What about the MyCareTeam diabetes management application that Google already offers? Is it mainly a program to connect and download data off our glucose monitors?

“MyCareTeam is a full disease management program with logs for tracking glucose, meals and nutrition information and insulin and other meds. You can upload your data automatically using LifeScan OneTouch® meters, and I’m sure they’ll be adding other models in the near future.

MyCareTeam also offers secure messaging to what they call your ‘provider team,’ so you can list your doctors and other health professionals and start corresponding with them if they provide their email addresses. They have to give consent, of course, and the messaging must be on a secure platform.”

Kawasaki Concours 14

Handlebars – Borrowing From a Sporty Sibling – NYTimes.com

THE thing that annoyed me most about riding the new Kawasaki Concours 14 was the fatigue factor. Continually checking the mirrors to see whether I had attracted a police escort nearly wore me out.

That exhaustion was offset somewhat by the grin this swift sport-touring motorcycle plastered across my face. But even that became a bit wearing, because in my time with the Concours 14, the grin seldom faded.

Future planes, cars may be made of `buckypaper’

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It’s called “buckypaper” and looks a lot like ordinary carbon paper, but don’t be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made.

Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or brass.

“All those things are what a lot of people in nanotechnology have been working toward as sort of Holy Grails,” said Wade Adams, a scientist at Rice University.

That idea – that there is great future promise for buckypaper and other derivatives of the ultra-tiny cylinders known as carbon nanotubes – has been floated for years now. However, researchers at Florida State University say they have made important progress that may soon turn hype into reality.

Buckypaper is made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Due to its unique properties, it is envisioned as a wondrous new material for light, energy-efficient aircraft and automobiles, more powerful computers, improved TV screens and many other products.

Location-Based Dating: Not New, Still Creepy?

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Among the social uses of location-based services is in helping new people meet each other. Many people would like a device that identifies serendipity by alerting you when a friend—or someone who should be a friend—is nearby. Technology can serve as a virtual cupid, given the right information.

For example, imagine if your dating profile information was accessible on your phone and able to be broadcast to those nearby. Then imagine if the phones of single people were constantly comparing attributes, in an attempt to connect two people with similar interests, a shared friend, or maybe just an equal level of desperation.

It turns out this is not a new idea, and it has been in practice for some time. Our sister publication Wired wrote about it over ten years ago. In Japan, a little device called the Lovegety became quite popular. Owners could set the type of interaction they were looking for and it would alert them whenever a match is found.

Lovegety only had three settings, but it was followed by several similar devices. Wireless protocol Bluetooth has been used to create services similar to Lovegety. MIT has even studied location-based dating.

As fun as it is to consider the possibilities, many people are uncomfortable with this connected a future. Privacy and security are major topics in most sessions at WhereCamp. To gain utility often means giving up something. Could it be that we’re just not used to it yet, but it will be normal, the way mapping directions is now? Or, will this sort of random meet-ups always be creepy?

Notebook Hacking

Cheap, Easy-to-Mod NetBooks Are a Hacker’s Paradise | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

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Cheap, Easy-to-Mod NetBooks Are a Hacker’s Paradise
By Brian X. Chen EmailOctober 15, 2008 | 8:01:08 PMCategories: Hacks, Netbooks, Notebooks

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Thanks to their utilitarian design and low prices, netbooks are inspiring a booming subculture of hackers souping up their liliputers with touchscreens, GPS and unauthorized operating systems like Apple’s Mac OS X.

Eeepcopened_2As netbook sales continue to soar, more and more tech-savvy grease monkeys are dismantling netbooks to add fancy features including back-lit keyboards, GPS and longer-lasting batteries.

“I’d say it was a work of passion and love for computing,” said San Diego resident David Winter, who has crammed three solid state drives into a netbook, upping the capacity to 128 GB. (Normally, netbooks only ship with solid state drives in double-digit capacities.) His next project? A laser espionage microphone that he plans to implant into a netbook, which will enable him to record sound from behind someone’s window.

Eeepcundermotherboard_3 Netbooks may seem like unlikely devices to attract the interest of hardware hackers, who traditionally have been drawn to bigger iron. Compared to full-size laptops, netbooks are low-powered and have limited feature sets. But in the face of a broad economic meltdown, hacking a $400 netbook makes more sense than risking a pricier, full-featured laptop.

Netbook modding is becoming so popular, Winter has launched a netbook-modding business: Winter Computer Solutions, which mods customer’s netbooks with GPS, Bluetooth, DVD readers or HDTV tuners.

Confederate Fighter

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Limited-Edition Fighter Motorcycle – Core77

45 Limited-Edition Confederate Fighter motorcycles are available from the 2009 Neiman Marcus Christmas book.

Like the Wraith, the Confederate Fighter uses a girder-style front suspension made up of titanium, aluminum and carbon fiber bits and a 120ci 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin. From there, things diverge rather rapidly, with the Wraith’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis being replaced with a backbone unit made from titanium connected to front and rear bulkheads cut from solid chunks of billet aluminum.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll get if you fork over the $110,000.

2020

Just Imagine: 2020 – Stories and Video from CNN.com International

World renowned industrial designer Ross Lovegrove talks to CNN about his latest project, which involves creating a “bed under the stars” on the peaks of Italy’s Dolomite mountains.

Blending design and nature

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Poverty

Editorial – An Even Poorer World – Editorial – NYTimes.com

That is more than a quarter of the developing world’s population and 430 million more people living in extreme poverty than previously estimated. The World Bank warned that the number is unlikely to drop below one billion before 2015.

The poverty estimate soared after a careful study of the prices people in developing countries pay for goods and services revealed that the World Bank had been grossly underestimating the cost of living in the poorest nations for decades. As a result, it was grossly overestimating the ability of people to buy things. And the new research doesn’t account for the soaring prices of energy and food in the past two years.

The poverty expressed in the World Bank’s measure is so abject that it is hard for citizens of the industrial world to comprehend. The new count underscores how much more the developed world needs to do to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

It should also serve as a jarring reminder to the leaders of the world’s much-touted new economic powers — India and China — about the inequities growing amid their growing wealth. Forty-two percent of India’s people live below the World Bank’s poverty line, as do 16 percent of China’s.

VNL Meeting

I had a meeting with Par of VNL at the Select City walk – which is a phenomenon in itself.

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Par was a delight to talk to – very enthusiastic. An I got a real sense that VNL may indeed be a workable proposition. It is a company – therefore corporate and centralised with a technology focus – but has taken on the mantle of a social entrepreneur. Focusing as it does upon the penetration of the mobile into rural areas – the possibility that rural diabetics may be able to use mobile technology to agregate BGL data become real – though in about five yas time.

VNL | Microtelecom For The Next Billion Mobile Users

We don’t live in cities. We may not spend $75 a month on phone services. But together, we’re worth hundreds of millions to the operators who reach us. VNL makes a solar powered GSM system that helps operators reach us profitably.

Diabetes and wall street crash

Disease Management Care Blog: Wall Street, Stress and Diabetes.

Good grief. Major financial houses are vaporizing. Stock prices are tanking. Dire headlines are extending across not three but all six columns of the Wall Street Journal. And if Mad Money Cramer’s reaction is emblematic of the resulting emotional turmoil among the financial traders, it’s likely that there’s some major stress out there. Since there is no reason to believe that workers in the major exchanges are any more immune to chronic illnesses like diabetes, the Disease Management Care Blog wonders if level of stress can really lead to poor chronic disease control. In these times of high anxiety, are there more polydipsic and polyuric traders out there? If so, what is the role of population-base approaches to care?

The answer to that question is more complicated than readers may imagine. It is well known that depression and anxiety are more prevalent among persons with diabetes mellitus. Whether having diabetes causes stress, or if the stress causes the diabetes, or if other factors cause both is unknown. Either way, persons prone to anxiety will experience more of it when they are stressed. But what is the impact on blood glucose control among persons with diabetes?

One way to answer the question is a clinical trial in which patients are intentionally exposed to stress. This was a study involving persons with Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Interestingly, if they were fasting at the time of the exposure, their blood glucoses did not increase. However, stress applied following a meal showed a delayed but significant increase in the blood glucose.

Such a clinical trial has not been done among persons with the more common (including on Wall Street) Type 2 form of diabetes. However, check out this natural experiment from Japan. The DMCB leaves it to readers to decide if earthquakes compare to the temblors roiling the U.S. stock markets, but this study showed a life threatening 7.2 Richter stress caused a widespread bump in the A1c among persons with diabetes compared to persons experiencing a milder 4.2 earthquake in another part of the country. The authors suggest the cause was a combination of disruptions in the neuroendocrine system as well as an impaired psychological ability to adhere to diet, lifestyle and medications.

Tax on Plastic

A Tax on Plastic Untensils? How Would You React? : Sustainablog

Starting next year, France will institute a “taxe pique-nique,” a tax on plastic cups, knives and forks, and non-biodegradable paper plates and napkins. The goal, of course, is to discourage institutions and individuals from buying these one time use products that are harmful to the environment.