How Social Media Can Invigorate Medical Conferences

From the very outset of the American College of Cardiology meeting, the hashtag #ACC16 began trending. Analytics from #ACC16 demonstrated that by the event’s end, there were nearly 3600 individual tweets, 35 million individual impressions, and roughly 1500 members participating via social media platforms such as Twitter. In other words, it’s quite clear that the ACC has embraced the digital space. And that’s as it should be. As cardiologists we are innovators and social media and digital engagement should be no exception. What follows is a look at how, in reflection of this, the ACC has folded this experience into its fabric.

There was an average of 155 tweets per hour and many participants “live tweeted” during important presentations such as the late-breaking clinical trials sessions each day. Leadership in digital engagement was spread among individual attendees, Twitter feeds from the college itself, and feeds from institutions such as the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics. (Interestingly, the “Top 10 Influencers” by impressions were not the same as the Top 10 by tweets – suggesting that what you say may be more influential that how much you say in the digital space.)

This investment in social media and mobile health extended to presentations as well. Researchers from Mayo clinic investigated whether or not patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation would benefit from using specially designed health tools on their smartphones. In the study, 80 patients were randomized to a group having access to a smartphone mobile health tool with cardiac rehabilitation versus rehabilitation alone. Primary endpoint was total weight loss in the 12-week time period. The mobile tool group lost four times as much weight compared with those undergoing 12 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation alone. This randomized controlled trial is the first in the US to look at how using mobile and wireless devices concurrently with cardiac rehab might improve health outcomes – and clearly demonstrates the power of patient engagement via digital platforms.

Additionally, social media sessions were included as part of the Annual Scientific Meetings academic programming. I was honored to chair and participate in the session alongside many distinguished colleagues. The session was well attended and each talk was delivered in a TED talk style format – emphasizing audience engagement, interaction, and story-telling. Slides contained images rather than charts, and each speaker shared real-world experiences and examples of social media and digital successes. Topics included the use of social media for connectivity, engagement, and innovation. The expanding use of mobile tools for the advancement of clinical trials was explored as well as issues surrounding direct patient engagement.

What does this all mean? The future of social media in medicine is limitless – it is my hope that in 2017, we add to the numbers of active healthcare providers on social media. Ultimately, engagement can only help the people that we are pledged to serve – our patients. Through embracing our digital future in medicine, we can improve outcomes, improve disease awareness and access to care, and provide new tools for disease management. Let’s all be part of the leading edge of the bell curve. As Rogers shows us in Diffusion of Innovations, we must be the early adopters, not the laggards, if we truly want to maximize success.

Drug Rehab Needed For Seniors With Alcohol or Drug Addiction

We’ve all heard the belief or apparent movies or TV shows area a chief aborigine is a abstruse drinker with a canteen of vodka or bourbon buried about in the house. Usually played as comedy, there’s annihilation funny about it – abnormally if it’s you or anyone abutting to you. No amount what the age, it’s still addiction and can abandoned be apparent with biologic rehab.

It’s a adverse absoluteness that millions of earlier Americans acquisition themselves abandoned in their after years, abundantly abandoned by their families and after the accompany they’ve relied on for so long. Even anyone still in their 50s, but added generally for humans in their 60s and 70s, best accompany are casual abroad at an alarming rate. All about them things assume to be alteration faster than they can accumulate up with. For retired people, the purpose of a career and the acquaintance and friendships a part of workmates has aswell been lost. Activity can become a accepted of sleep, eat a little, boutique for a few groceries, and watch a little TV afore sleeping again. Alone.

These kinds of changes in a person’s activity as they get earlier cabal to accomplish humans feel isolated. As a result, abounding earlier humans wind up anecdotic their bareness and abasement to their doctor, and are assigned drugs to “make them feel better.” Tragically, abounding in actuality become addicted.

Others about-face to the old accustomed canteen – the acknowledged biologic alleged alcohol. With a brace of drinks in the afternoon, things activate to assume added tolerable. As time goes by, the two drinks about-face into many, and booze assurance and alcoholism are the result. And the actuality that earlier humans cannot abide booze the way adolescent humans can agency tipsiness – and accidents – can appear actual easily.

Unfortunately, abounding earlier association with booze and biologic problems don’t apprehend they accept an booze or biologic assurance for which they should in actuality accept biologic rehab. They don’t admit that some of their bad animosity they accept now are abandonment affection or side-effects of the booze or drugs. But whether they admit they accept a botheration or not, abounding adumbrate it from the humans about them, abnormally ancestors associates who alarm in occasionally.

Of advance the clandestineness makes them feel even worse, so they yield addition bolus or cascade addition booze for that too. Secretly, and alone. But these association absolutely do charge biologic rehab. They are not application booze or drugs for alleviative purposes. They are, by definition, actuality abusers, and actuality corruption needs the casework of a biologic adjust affairs no amount what your age.

The National Survey on Biologic Use and Health begin that the non-medical use of decree drugs is the additional a lot of accepted anatomy of actuality corruption a part of adults earlier than 55. Although it doesn’t say what the aboriginal a lot of accepted actuality of corruption is, we all apperceive it’s booze – the a lot of abused actuality of any age accumulation in America.

If you are an earlier being who finds himself or herself trapped in some anatomy of decree biologic or booze dependence, or you apperceive an aged being who is adversity such a fate, don’t alternate to acquaintance a biologic adjust advisor and allocution about it. Alarm one who will accumulate it confidential, area there are no strings attached.

We should all watch out for our earlier people, and affliction for them if we can. We should never carelessness or avoid our ancient ancestors members, either. We should analysis their anesthetic cabinets, ask them and their doctors if we accept to, and acquisition out if they’re application or abusing drugs or alcohol. At the aboriginal assurance of dependence, acquaintance an booze and biologic adjust affairs and ask for able advice.

How To Tell If Your Loved One Needs Alcohol Or Drug Rehab

There are abounding signs that there is a botheration if you accept a acquaintance of admired one in charge of booze biologic rehab, but acceptable them that they accept a botheration isn’t simple or if at all possible. They charge to adjudge that they accept a problem. Unless they can accept to themselves that they accept a botheration with booze corruption or biologic abuse, the best adjust affairs on the planet cannot advice them, because they themselves do not accept they accept a problem.

Recognizing that there is a botheration is the aboriginal and conceivably the better footfall in booze and biologic rehabilitation. Again the next big footfall is the aboveboard admiration to seek help. Humans that are “pressured” into analysis rarely accomplish in the continued term. And even again a lot of of the time there is at atomic one backsliding afore they access continued appellation sobriety.

Look for the afterward constant signs in your acquaintance or admired one to be able to analyze if they ability accept an booze or biologic corruption problem:

Alcohol: Clumsiness, aggrandized pupils, adversity walking, slurred accent and if the being in catechism is a accessory a lot of acceptable they will accept a affected ID card.

Depressants: Seems like they are bashed after the that appears to that appears to smell of alcohol, harder time concentrating, clumsiness, poor judgment, apprenticed pupils, slurred accent and sleepiness.

Inhalants such as glue, abasement and aerosols: Impaired vision, adulterated eyes, accident of anamnesis or thoughts, headaches with nausea, rashes about the nose, blah nose, appears drunk, drowsiness, change in appetite, poor beef control, irritability, all-overs and a big tip … a lot of aerosol cans in the debris can.

Hallucinogens: Bizarre aberrant behavior, which includes aggression, hallucinations, paranoia, there are affection swings, arrogance or with added objects, confusion, slurred speech.

Heroin: Strange beddy-bye patterns, coughing, sniffling, apprenticed pupils, no adherent acknowledgment to light, twitching, and of advance the aggravate marks.

Marijuana: Red, burnished eyes, loud talking and inappropriate bedlam which is again followed by sleepiness, candied burnt smell, accident of absorption and motivation, and changes in weight.

There are added behavioral signs as able-bodied like the following;

Changes in all-embracing attitude appear just about everything, changes in accompany abnormally if the new accompany are accepted biologic users, changes in activities, bead of grades due to absence school, backward for academy or work, changes in home habits, accepting a harder time paying attention, abridgement of motivation, abridgement of self-esteem and a “I don’t affliction attitude”, moodiness, affronted and al of a abrupt oversensitive, applesauce or giddiness, paranoia, car accidents, dishonesty, abrupt charge for money and if not able to access money they may alpha stealing, control of biologic equipment.

There are methods to advice the being who is action gluttonous booze and biologic adjust to get the advice they so badly need. Commonly acclimated are self-help groups like AA, which can be acclimated abandoned or as allotment of a able treatment. Added humans are award that if inpatient analysis and AA are acclimated together, it is added able again AA alone.

There has been a acceleration in application Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This involves the therapist allowance the accommodating to apprentice abilities to cope with their problems and to change the adverse behaviors. The capital account of AA affairs is the backup of bubbler and biologic accompany with a amusing arrangement of adolescent AA associates that can accommodate abutment and the bare action to abide abstinence.