A TEDEd Presentation, Sugar: Hiding in plain sight, plus other names for added sugar

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA This is a short charming animated informational TED-Ed Original presentation, Sugar: Hiding in plain sight-Robert Lustig. “While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect — including peanut butter, pasta sauce and even bologna! Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar’s many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its…

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Sharecare Helps to Engage and Empower Consumers with Mobile Health App-AskMD

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA From digital to doctor with a click on your iPhone or iPod touch Self-diagnosing is not a good idea, but arming yourself with accurate, credible and trustworthy information is a great idea. It’s such an exciting time in health care today. Digital technology helps to empower and engage consumers to take charge of their health, and it fosters consumers to be active participants in their healthcare. One way to…

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Empathy in Health Care

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA TED speaker Rebecca Saxe inspired this post. “The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” These are heartfelt words by award-winning actress Meryl Streep. Do we all have the power of empathy? Are we hardwired to know what other people want? Is it easy to think about other people’s thoughts? Rebecca Saxe’s enlightening TEDTalk “How To Read Each Other’s Minds” asks: “Why is…

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Event: TEDMED 2013 – Future of Health and Medicine

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA I’m truly honored to be invited to attend and participate in TEDMED 2013 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, April 16-19, 2013. TEDMED, a multi-disciplinary community of innovators and thought leaders will gather together to share ideas about the future in health and medicine. I will be participating in a special event, the Great Challenges Day, which rounds off TEDMED 2013.  Great Challenges Day is dedicated to the…

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Part 3 – TEDMED Great Challenges: Improving Medical Communication-Sound Bites for Twitter

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA Part three of a three-part series on Healthin30 TEDMED Great Challenges: Improving Medical Communication This post on Healthin30 is part three of the three-part series on the TEDMED Great Challenges:  Improving Medical Communication with Joseph Kvedar, MD and Robert Arnold, MD. The TEDMED Great Challenges Team in Medical Communication recently gathered together on Google Plus Live Hangout to talk about how to improve medical communication in the health care…

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