How Big Data Will Change Medicine in 2017


We all know that big data has been slowly changing the way we do things.  We now have the ability and capacity to aggregate massive amounts of data via social hubs like Facebook, Twitter and even Google. The ability to collect such massive amounts of data provides a conduit for us to accurately access trends on both the macro and micro level. Nowhere is this of more important than healthcare research.

Healthcare research has been consistently been plagued with the problem of accurate data. The question on the back of every scientists mind has always been, “is my data accurate?”.

Now we are finally beginning to start a conversation that says “yes” according to massive amounts of data gathered and cross referenced between hundreds of sources we can adequately say that our data is legitimate and highly valid.

In a recent Forbes article we saw, ” The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our ability to use technology to analyze and understand it. The intersection of these trends is what we call “Big Data” and it is helping businesses in every industry to become more efficient and productive.

Healthcare is no different. Beyond improving profits and cutting down on wasted overhead, Big Data in healthcare is being used to predict epidemics, cure disease, improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths. With the world’s population increasing and everyone living longer, models of treatment delivery are rapidly changing, and many of the decisions behind those changes are being driven by data. The drive now is to understand as much about a patient as possible, as early in their life as possible – hopefully picking up warning signs of serious illness at an early enough stage that treatment is far more simple (and less expensive) than if it had not been spotted until later.

So to take a journey through Big Data in healthcare, let’s start at the beginning – before we even get ill.”

Aside from just simply the process of patient records and process-based efficiency, we see much bigger implications to big data in medicine.  Arguably one of the biggest limiting factors in modern medicine is the understanding of causation and correlation.  Humans are subject to all manner of biases and misjudgments that make data acquisition and evaluation a very tricky business.

As described in a McKinsley article, “One of the main limitations with medicine today and in the pharmaceutical industry is our understanding of the biology of disease. Big data comes into play around aggregating more and more information around multiple scales for what constitutes a disease—from the DNA, proteins, and metabolites to cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and ecosystems. Those are the scales of the biology that we need to be modeling by integrating big data. If we do that, the models will evolve, the models will build, and they will be more predictive for given individuals.

2c6c473It’s not going to be a discrete event—that all of a sudden we go from not using big data in medicine to using big data in medicine. I view it as more of a continuum, more of an evolution. As we begin building these models, aggregating big data, we’re going to be testing and applying the models on individuals, assessing the outcomes, refining the models, and so on. Questions will become easier to answer. The modeling becomes more informed as we start pulling in all of this information. We are at the very beginning stages of this revolution, but I think it’s going to go very fast, because there’s great maturity in the information sciences beyond medicine.”

All of this information provides us with a wealth of information and also hope – hope for a future that is better informed than we are.  As technology expands and offers  we are better equipped to understand information at a level that we never have been before. With products like DAQ medical providers are able to finally look into the macro and micro trends and see what is happening.

Doctors Recommend Home Gyms for People to Busy to Exercise


It goes without saying that exercise is a requirement of proper physical health. Without a little movement and physical challenge it doesn’t take long for our bodies to become incredibly stiff and also more prone to disease.  This isn’t new information, however the challenge of finding a gym, paying the membership fees and actually going to it see to be too much to bear for some people.

However there is a cheaper and better alternative – home gyms. Home gyms allows you to avoid the hassle of signing up at a normal gym and be able to experience all of the advantages and health benefits of working out.

Most of us believe that home gyms are costly but there are ways to curtail that expense. With simple instruments like dumbbells the cost of setting up a gym is actually quite minimal as a recent article explains,

“With dumbbells, you’ve got a wide variety of options at numerous price points. Dumbbells are just as versatile as barbells (or more), although you can’t load resistance the way you can with a bar. The most economical dumbbells will be plate-loadable dumbbells. They come in both Olympic or Standard, which makes it easy to match your barbell plates. (Make sure you have enough “change” weight, of course. Extra 2.5 and 5 pound plates are helpful.)

If you’re on a budget, I recommend opting for standard handles. These small weights are the most common at garage sales and buried in people’s closets. I’ve been able to collect more than 200 pounds of dumbbell weight at almost zero cost this way.

Your next option is selectable dumbbells, such as those made by Bowflex and PowerBlock. These are usually expensive and not nearly as durable as the cast iron and steel mentioned above. However, they are a good option for those limited in space. Typically, it will be hard to find these in heavier sizes.”

However not all of us want to use dumbbells and put on a few extra pounds of muscle. A lot of women for example want to stay in shape but avoid putting on crazy amounts of muscle or spend an arm and leg on heavy dumbbells.  Luckily there are other options.

Calisthenic workouts offer the best of both words – challenge and low cost.  You don’t even need to go to the gym when you have the ability to workout in your own backyard or park.  Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when exercising at home,

“Have you set a resolution to get into the best shape of your life, but can’t afford a gym membership, or you simply shy away from a room packed full of treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights? Don’t worry—not going to a gym doesn’t spell disaster. You can still achieve your goals from the comfort of your own home.

The nice thing about home workouts is that they’re high on the convenience factor. Whether you have kids and don’t want to hire a sitter, or your schedule is just too hectic and that drive time to and from the gym isn’t possible, a home workout solves most dilemmas. Not to mention, it eliminates any excuse for not working out.” Read More Here. 

The final piece that puts all of this together and keeps us workout out to the point of reaching our goals is willpower. Willpower is the force that you need to keep pushing through each workout and get to the place that you need.  Without this, it’ll be hard to achieve your goals. Denis Kang, a Houston personal trainer explained to us a few tips on building willpower, “The most important part of willpower building is consistency. Doing something day in and day out. It doesn’t even have to be exercise related, it’s all about discipline.”

We’d love to hear from you, what are some simple tips and tricks to keep you exercising and in the gym.  For more info check out this video below:

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Medical Tyvek Printing by DoraniX

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DoraniX, a leading manufacturer of Tyvek medical labeling devices and Tyvek printers is, undoubtedly, playing its part in ensuring that the printing of high quality medical items need not be an expensive affair. Our labeling devices and printers have made printing of various medical items possible without having to pay exorbitant rates. These devices and tools not only support the printing of top-notch medication labels at cheaper prices, but they are also capable of creating more durable designs as well- with the company playing a vital role in product identification.

For close to a decade now, DoraniX has provided its expertise in the product identification business. They have created innovative printers in addition to label printer-applicators which have in turn contributed to the reduced costs of printing medication labels and other vital medical items. Despite making the process affordable, this has not compromised on the printing quality as our machines continue to churn out excellent materials. This is in line with our policy of customer and quality satisfaction at all times.

Easier to print

In fact, some medical supplies are now much easier to print directly as a result of advanced printing machines, including lids and pouches. Other medical items include chipboards, blister pack backing, apparel tags, bags, as well as all kinds of flat products. However, there are some materials that are still impossible to print on directly and for such, the company has created highly effective LPAs (Label Printer-Applicators), a caliber of printing that is revolutionizing the medical field. Examples include the ThermaPrint 64 which can print on Tyvek.

Other offerings

DoraniX has also designed and manufactured machinery that is proving highly effective in boosting the provision of high quality medical products and services. Our products, including some of the most sought after integrated solutions, are, unsurprisingly, in great demand not only from small and medium-sized medical facilities, but larger ones as well. The latter have especially demonstrated a huge interest in the work cells manufactured by the company. Through DoraniX, medical facilities across the country are now able to customize their items as they so wish, thus aiding their efforts at creating recognizable brand identities.

Pharmaceutical and medical packaging serves just one function: to provide the ideal barrier to ensure delivery of packaged medical items/devices to their point of use, efficiently and effectively.

The right medical package is often a function of the packaging process, the instrument to be packaged, and the desired sterilization method. It is thus important to find the best combination and choice of materials- aluminum, films, medical papers, Tyvek printing for the medical industry– in order to create the optimum package for your production process and for your device. Once this is done, the next step is to move quickly to samples and testing, and then validation.

For more information on what is available from DoraniX, please visit their website @ – for everything you may want to learn about medical Tyvek printing or the state-of-the art Laser Printer-Applicators and printers.


5 outdoor activities to keep you healthy

5 Great Outdoor Activities to Stay in Shape

Living in the technologically-driven 21st century makes it extremely easy to develop lazy and unhealthy habits. What’s stopping you from binge watching all five seasons of Game of Thrones during summer vacation, or ordering that delivery pizza online, or both? It’s time to rediscover the wonders of the great outdoors and develop a fun and active lifestyle at the same time!

Here are five great outdoor activities to keep you healthy:

  1. Walk, with purpose. This is the oldest trick in the book. Walking is a simple activity yet it builds stamina and works your leg muscles and cardio, while giving your lungs some fresh air and your skin some good old vitamin D. Walking is also easily modifiable to make it more productive and fun – just add a device, or better a companion (human or canine), and it’s literally a walk in the park! If you’re feeling adventurous, ditch the mall and go on a short hike. They didn’t invent Pokémon Go so you could magically hatch that egg!
  2. Play Frisbee/Catch/Ball. All work and no play is no way to live. These simple activities reap all the benefits of outdoor activities, but the highlight is that it builds muscle, coordination and a little friendly competition all at the same time. Whether you’re throwing a Frisbee or a baseball, or kicking around a soccer ball, you’re learning a new skill or getting better at it while having a fun yet productive time!
  3. Mid-air somersaults. Period. (Be careful, though—and no double bouncing!)
  4. Swim, preferably at a safe body of water, like an outdoor pool at the local gym, or even at the beach with your mates while having a mean barbecue or picnic. Swimming guarantees to work out all your muscles since you’ll be working against water pressure to get anywhere. It’s an amazing cardio exercise that increases stamina, while building and toning your muscles! Besides, it’s a survival skill that could be useful in the future too, so it’s overall a win-win. Just don’t forget to put on sunscreen at least twenty minutes before you enter the water, you don’t want to damage your skin. Sunburn is not fun.
  5. Bicycle/Skateboard/Rollerblade. They didn’t just invent wheels so you could sit and drive your car to the grocery store that’s only a 10-minute bike ride away. Biking is a great alternative to walking to avoid the harsh pressure of concrete on your feet. Skateboarding is great for balance as well, and it’ll always be cool no matter how old you are. If you’re up to the challenge, you can even learn some nifty tricks here and there to show off to the cool kids in the block. And if you’re feeling that retro 90s vibe, rollerblade down the boulevard with a healthy dessert alternative (not ice-cream) in your hand. As long as you’re moving and exercising out in the great outdoors where all the sunshine and fresh air is, all of your body will reap the benefits!

With more people turning to indoor activities, we start to forget the important role that outdoor activities have always played in our lives. If you are going to be a movie junkie and sit inside all day you may as well grab an outdoor movie screen and watch it outside!

The Economics of Dental Care: How much does it Cost?

Economics of Dental Care

Have you or a member of your family recently skipped a visit to the dentist owing to the rapidly rising cost of dental care? Well, many Americans have and statistics show that the numbers are on the increase. While the public and law makers have been focused on the millions of Americans without health insurance and rising medical costs, scant attention has been paid to what has been happening to the availability and cost of dental care. For every adult who lacks health insurance, an estimated three are without dental insurance. In fact, according to the National Association of Dental Plans, just slightly more than half of the American population had access to dental insurance in 2007.

Why such few numbers?

One of the main reasons why so many of us opt out of having dental insurance, even in instances where our employers pay part of the premiums, is the relatively skimpy coverage afforded to anything other than routine cleanings and checkups. For instance, a typical dental plan entails 50% co-pay for high-ticket items like bridges and crowns and complicated procedures. Moreover, most of these plans contain a ‘missing tooth clause’ meaning that they are unlikely to replace a tooth that was missing at the time that you were enrolling for the plan. The downside to this is that most dental plans limit coverage to just $1,500 a year which is hardly more than a down payment on your child’s $6,000 braces.

The end result: Many people who cannot afford dental insurance end up postponing visits to the dentists due to prohibitive costs. This, inevitably, puts their health in jeopardy because of the close connection between overall health and oral health.

Current Trends

In recent years, dental care costs have been increasing at a faster rate than overall medical care costs. Between 2008 and 2012, statistics from the Bureau of Labor indicate that in the health care sector, only the prices of adult day care services, nursing home care, and hospital services rose at higher annual inflation rates than dental care. As a result of these steep increases, it is little surprise that dentists now rake in more money on average than many physicians.

According to the American Dental Association, the average net incomes for general dentists in private practice was $192,680 in 2009, with the average for specialists, including dental surgeons and orthodontists being $305,820. In contrast, the average income for family practice physicians and pediatricians in 2012 was $175,000 and $173,000 respectively.

Americans now fully understand how prohibitive dental care has become, which partly explains why less than 36% of all adults in the U.S. are expected to visit a dentist this year and why one in four non-elderly Americans live with untreated tooth decay. Another reason why most of us forego much-needed dental care is the apparent lack of transparency in pricing. BC Soft Touch Dental postulates that besides not being able to afford it, the most cited reason people give for avoiding the dentist is fear of not knowing the costs. As with medical care, finding out well beforehand how much you will have to pay from your own pocket for dental work is next to impossible.

These high out-of-pocket expenditures and lack of transparency have led our dentists at BC Soft Touch Dental to try and help people establish how much dentists in their communities charge for everything from root canals and other complicated procedures to routine checkups and use their group buying power to negotiate for more affordable prices. However, more still needs to be done to improve access to dental care, especially in poor and rural areas of cities where dentists do not practice.

This guest post was written by BC Soft Touch Dental.  For more information about dental health please refer to their Oral Surgery Guide.