This week – Edition 2


Elliot Millward takes a whistle stop tour of 5 things the Haelo team has seen this week (commencing 07 October).

Twitter chat

1.  Ever wondered how to run a Twitter chat and how effective they are? We liked this article this week from the Department of Health that shows how Twitter chats can be be used effectively in healthcare.  There’s some useful tips from Media Bistro on how to host a successful chat if you want to know how.

2. Researchers are warning that there could be a real health risk associated with aircraft noise. A British Medical Journal paper investigating the association of aircraft noise with risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease in the general population said that “high levels of aircraft noise were associated with increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease for both hospital admissions and mortality in areas near Heathrow airport in London”. The Independent looks into the matter in more detail.

3. This TED playlist brings together eight talks on the future of medicine, ranging from a 3D printer that can output a transplant kidney, to surgery without incision via MRI treatments.

4. The Guardian discusses a Thames Valley Health project report about shared decision making in primary care. Many current changes in NHS healthcare are underpinned by the principle ‘no decision about me, without me’.

5.  Health regulator Monitor says the NHS must look abroad for new ideas or face a large funding shortfall. The regulator highlighted how NHS could use more radical ideas from other countries, giving Indian eye clinics and a Mexican Medicall Home service as casestudies the NHS could learn from.

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