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Darwin's Nightmare: Can Medicine 2.0 Save the World?



While thefounder, mentor and inspiration of thisMedicine 2.0 Blog Carnival was wilting in 42 degree C record breaking heat (107 F to the Yanks among us), I was sitting in my breezy San Francisco Bay side apartment, riveted by Darwin's Nightmare, apparently when I should have been getting this Carnival published.



I hope you will all bear with me for being late with this and help me wrap my brain around this issue. Here we are - pioneers on the new frontier of Medicine 2.0 - the marriage of new technology and health care. Yet a heat wave in Central and Southeastern Europe has claimed dozens of lives and has caused the air conditioning to be turned off in a Budapest hospital to save money on electricity bills. How can we talk about Medicine 2.0 when we don't have electricity, let alone electronics?

Then there's my film: Darwin's Nightmare, a 2004 documentary film by Hubert Sauper about a predatory fish that has invaded Lake Victoria. By the end of the movie one is not sure if the Nile Perch is the worst predator in the film. Exploring the economy and ecology of Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Sauper lets the children, the orphans, the prostitutes, the pilots who fly the fish out of the lake and the weapons of conflicts in, the guards, the AIDS victims, the business owners, the fish themselves tell the story of a world on the brink of disaster. This is our world. The homeless orphans and AIDS victims, the murdered and beaten prostitutes around Lake Victoria are our patients. How can we use Medicine 2.0 to save the world?

First up, bioinformaticist Michael Barton wants to save the world - How to Save the world and make everyone happy - one Power Point presentation at a time.

Ouch! davidrothman.net, whose very blog subtitle is too cool - Exploring Medical Librarianship and Web Geekery - really hits me where it hurts. He provides a link to Mayo Clinic Podcasts. Why isn't Healthline listening to me? Don't you all want to hear some podcasts from us? Help a sister out here...

MedSquod cuts me to the quick with Medical Podcasting Method #2: Write the Medical Blog Post First.

Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of Sharp Brains, a Brain Fitness Center or Gym for your Brain. Hey, we are going to need all the Sharp Brains we can get to solve our way out of these problems! He submitted some guidance for us all with the brain training games out there. Check out the link to the Alzheimer's Disease post: Nintendo Brain Age, Happy Neuron, Lumosity, and My BrainTrainer...

Lithuanian geneticist, Ramunas Janavicius, tells us that the Firefox based open source BioBar is like PowerBar: The Guide to Bio Databases.


Guys Like Gadgets
Steven Palter, MD of docinthemachine wants to transform medicine with tomorrow's technology. He reviews Microsoft Touch Screen - Surgery VR Potential.

Doctors Gadgets discusses using ePocrates on the iPhone.

Healthline's Joshua Schwimmer MD of Tech Medicine writes Medical Uses of the iPhone (Part 2). Readers are raising concerns about privacy compliance with battery issues.

John Sharp of eHealth writes PHR's on Cell Phones? Again with the battery issues!

Thank You!

medGadget for alerting us to Wellcome Trust Releases Images Collection Under Creative Common Licence. That's at least as exciting as a new Harry Potter book and movie. OMG!

Bertalan Mesko reports things have cooled all the way down to 37 degrees C and sends us Golden Links for Doctors. Non-doctor types (like moi) will find these resources indispensable as well!

PhD Biochemist Walter at Highlight Health offers The Highlight Health Web Directory
and explains the differences between web directories and search engines.


Survival of the Fittest
Health care attorney Bob Coffield writes MD Net Guide Article: Are Physician Blogs in a Legal and Ethical Twilight Zone?

My personal favorite submission: Jason Bobe works for the Personal Genome Project and asks all the right questions "... how are new technologies and the web going to redefine relationships between scientific communities and ...the general public...and the network of actors in between...His submission, Medical Ethics 2.0, gives us all plenty to think about while we melt in the heat.









Thank you kitakitts for use of photo thermo

Thank you Wellcome Trust for use of image of Lake Victoria, not so long ago...
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