Many thanks to everyone who supported Scienceroll in this year’s Medgadget’s Weblog Awards, the most prestigious medical blogger competition in the world.
Scienceroll won the Best Medical Technology/Informatics Blog category for the third time in a row.
The Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog is once again Bertalan Meskó’s ScienceRoll. Berci, as we like to call him ever since he was one of the editors at Medgadget, is specializing in medical informatics and genetics. In the past, Berci even developed a medical school course about Health 2.0 and related topics at University of Debrecen in Hungary. ScienceRoll continues to provide timely commentary and news and reviews of everything involving computers, patients, and doctors. Congrats Berci, and keep up the good work!
Also many thanks to the Medgadget Team for organizing this wonderful competition!
It’s time again for the traditional Medgadget’s Weblog Awards, the most prestigious medical blogger competition in the world and I would like to kindly ask you, dear readers of Scienceroll.com, to support us with your vote here.
Polls close on the 13th of February.
HealCam, a project launched by the Medgadget team, got huge attention due to a recent BoingBoing post. I wrote about this interesting service that is the medical alternative of ChatRoulette months ago and as the only element of success for HealCam is the critical mass, this cross post might help them reach their aims.
HealCam is a ChatRoulette variant that invites you to select a disease, medical condition, or health issue (Crohn’s, back pain, pregnancy, bipolar disorder, allergies, HIV, etc) and connects you with someone else who shares your problems, so you can share notes. Sounds like a helpful way to find tips and commiseration when you need it.
It’s a great pleasure to announce that the world’s biggest medical blog competition is just about to be launched again on Medgadget! Scienceroll has won the Best Medical Technology Blog category twice and I hope I can compete this year as well. Here is the announcement:
Welcome to the 2010 Medical Weblog Awards! It is time to celebrate and showcase the original reporting, engaging writing and discussion, breathtaking multimedia, and the spirit of community in the medical blogosphere. This is the seventh year of the competition and these awards are designed to highlight the exciting and useful role that the medical blogosphere plays in medicine and society. This year’s competition is sponsored by Epocrates® and Lenovo®.
The categories for this year’s awards are:
Best Medical Weblog
Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2010)
Best Literary Medical Weblog
Best Clinical Sciences Weblog
Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog
Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog
Best Patient’s Blog
The following time line will be observed:
Nominations will be accepted until 23:59:59 Sunday, January 23, 2011.
We will announce the finalists on Monday, January 24, 2011.
Polls will be open from Thursday, January 27, 2011 and will close at 23:59:59 EST on Sunday, February 13, 2011.
Winners will be announced on Friday, February 18, 2011.
Medgadget reported a new development achieved by the University of Washington engineers. They focused on enabling deaf and hard-of-hearing students communicate via mobile phones with sign language. It seems they could bypass the hardest issues and barriers.
The problem with directly streaming video is that today’s technology often isn’t fast enough to provide high resolution at 30 frames per second, let alone bandwidth costs and drain on the battery. To overcome this, algorithms inside the phone identify hand motions and focus on transmitting those at the expense of the rest of what’s on the screen.
My friends over at Medgadget, which is the best medical blog out there, launched the Spanish version of the site:
Medical technology affects just about every person in the world in one way or another. Because we write in English, a majority of the world’s population can’t read this site, and automatic online translators simply can’t translate industry specific, professional material. We believe in expanding access to our medical content and so would like to present Spanish Medgadget. We are now professionally translating our posts into Spanish, and if you prefer Medgadget en Español, head on over to es.medgadget.com or to Medgadget Español on Facebook.
And the Spanish Medgadget is featured in PeRSSonalized Medicine, the customizable collection of selected Spanish medical blogs, journals, news, Twitter users and more on Webicina.com which means you can follow the best Spanish medical blog in the simplest way. Click here for more selection and languages.
The Team of Medgadget just launched HealCam, the medical alternative of Chatroulette, the 2010 internet sensation. Obviously, they need the critical mass in order to make it work. The idea is great, the only problem might be the willingness of patients to reveal their real identity online.
If you would like to talk to others with the same condition as yours, go to the site, press start and choose a health category, say diabetes, and you will be connected to a random person with diabetes. When your conversation is over, you press next and you are automatically connected to another person with diabetes. You can talk to as many people as you wish. We envision the site as a large meeting place, where people can exchange information, get or give moral support, and learn from others. No registration required to participate in the video chats. So please check it out, and spread the word!
Follow the improvements on their blog.
The world’s best competition of medical blogs is ready to roll again on Medgadget. Scienceroll won the 2007 Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Category and now it is nominated again. There are really quality blogs in the category so we need each and every vote!
Thank you in advance!
Medgadget just featured a video describing how EMG (electromyography) could be used in tools created for people with disabilities. Here is an excerpt from the Microsoft announcement:
Many human-computer interaction technologies are currently mediated by physical transducers such as mice, keyboards, pens, dials, and touch-sensitive surfaces. While these transducers have enabled powerful interaction paradigms and leverage our human expertise in interacting with physical objects, they tether computation to a physical artifact that has to be within reach of the user.
As computing and displays begin to integrate more seamlessly into our environment and are used in situations where the user is not always focused on the computing task, it is important to consider mechanisms for acquiring human input that may not necessarily require direct manipulation of a physical implement. We explore the feasibility of muscle-computer input: an interaction methodology that directly senses and decodes human muscular activity rather than relying on physical device actuation or user actions that are externally visible or audible.
My friends at Medgadget have recently attended the interesting TEDMED 2009 event. I hope I can make the next one. Here are the entries they wrote focusing on the newest innovations in medicine.
And also some videos they published:
Knome Personal DNA Sequencing Services
XVIVO’s David Bolinsky on Benefits of Scientific Animation
Interview with Philip Low About Roche and NeuroVigil Partnership
Patch Adams on Medical Technology