Connection: the unsung cure

By Pravik Solanki and Susie Westbury

Dear reader, we live in strange times. We’ve been told countless times of the evils of sugar, the perils of experimenting with drugs, and the hazards of straying from the Mediterranean diet. But there’s an important warning that’s never a part of these conversations, something that has an even worse impact on mortality than obesity: loneliness and social isolation.(1)

Continue reading

Pokémanic: Tales from the rural frontline

By Thomas de Vries

Pokémon GO pandemic stuns rural GPs

KYNETON — The recently released open world, augmented reality smartphone game challenges users to walk around outside to find and catch virtual Pokémon. It has been blamed for the inundation of healthcare providers with patients with trauma from accidents related to inattention. Rural and remote communities have been hit the hardest, with local GPs often having no access to hospitals often being forced to come up with novel ways to deal with emergencies on the fly.

Continue reading

AIatrogenic: Artificial intelligence and medicine

Anonymous

Doctors will be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI).

For the majority of people, reading this sentence triggers a visceral feeling – “surely that will never happen” or “that’s impossible!”. But it’s not a statement that is simply fanciful, nor is it a statement based on blind techno-optimism. Barring the chance of some event that renders humanity extinct, it is safe to say that technology will continue to progress towards human-level intelligence until it is eventually developed. Continue reading

The meteoric rise of technology in medicine

By Rose Brazilek

Harvey Cushing, the renowned neurosurgeon, once wrote of surgery:

“I would like to see the day when somebody would be appointed surgeon somewhere who had no hands, for the operative part is the least part of the work.”

While technology has not yet advanced to such levels, medicine is increasingly shedding its archaic image and beginning to engage with the technological enhancements that characterise the 21st century. However, with this increased uptake comes a new set of challenges, many of which have no precedent. Evolving discussion surrounding the impacts of such technology on patient interaction, education and care is a critical adjunct to the adoption of electronic practices that will ultimately change the face of medicine.

Continue reading