In praise of Samahan

A couple of these little sachets in hot water makes for a soothing drink for the throat. Been using them even more regularly in the last couple of years and do feel the difference.

It’s quite popular in South India and it’s been really available on Amazon for the last few years. Incidentally it’s made in Sri Lanka.

X-Mouse

The X-Men world turned upside down:

When the researchers put the gene for Magneto in zebrafish, a model organism for brain development, they found that the hybrid could alter complex behaviors. Using a genetic switch, the researchers made Magneto active in the zebrafish nerve cells that are involved in sensing touch. And, when they added a magnetic field, the fish upped the amount of time they coiled their tails, a touch-induced escape response.

Source: Magnetic mind control works in live animals, makes mice happy | Ars Technica

Takeaways from the #health2india 2014 conference

Attended the Health 2.0 conference in Bangalore over 7 & 8 February that had some very thought provoking sessions on the way technology is shaping the way forward for the healthcare industry.¬† Also did a live coverage of the event on twitter (ab_aditya) in form of public notes. Here’s a summary:

  • The industry is focusing on preventive care driven by advances in technology, particularly cloud, mobile devices, sensors & genomics
  • A lot of useful technology already exists and the industry needs to integrate these to create meaningful solutions through collaboration among the various stakeholders
  • Challenges include reaching out to the masses untouched by healthcare, providing leave scale quality service with empathy & improving the efficiency of the ecosystem
  • Regulators & governments have a very important role to play at the current inflection point in removing obstacles to innovation
  • Startups in the West are focusing primarily on consumers, while most in India are targeting healthcare professionals