Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) takes the life of more than 2,000 babies in the United States every year. The diagnosis is synonymous with not only unfathomable tragedy, but mystery too; it’s given for any death of a child under 12 months of age for which there is no known cause.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among people under 25. It’s also the number one killer of student athletes, mainly basketball players and track stars. Both of these syndromes stop the hearts of young people in the blink of an eye, with seemingly no warning.
When Darren and Phyllis Sudman lost their 7-week-old son Simon, the initial diagnosis was SIDS. But their family physician also insisted the couple have their own hearts checked as soon as possible.
That’s when Phyllis was diagnosed with Long Q-T Syndrome, an arrh...
In the age of equal opportunity, should hearing loss be a barrier to medical school?
About 28 million people in the U.S., or about 20 percent of the population, are hearing-impaired. Historically, hearing loss has presented a barrier to entering the medical profession, because auscultation with a traditional stethoscope relies on intact hearing. Today, however, assistive technologies and devices such as the Thinklabs One are opening doors to many whose hearing impairment were once barred from the field.
Daniel Jensen is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatric surgery at University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City. He is a long-time fan of Thinklabs Digital Stethoscopes, having discovered Thinklabs in 2004—making him one of our first customers.
The American naturalist Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “When I hear music, I fear no danger.” This sentiment is almost universally true, even for patients facing the end of life. Music therapy grew from this understanding.
Music has been used as a therapeutic tool for millennia. Hippocrates himself is said to have played his harp as a therapy for mentally ill patients more than two thousand years ago. More recently, music has been used to treat everything from anxiety to heart disease and stroke, and to help premature babies thrive.
Brian Schreck, a music therapist at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY, uses a Thinklabs One digital stethoscope to create recordings that help terminally ill children and their grieving parents endure physical and emotional pain. By using the One to capture the child’s heartbeat, and then integ...
Residents of rural America have long grappled with a disportionately low number of physicians.
According to the journal Health Affairs, there are only 46 physicians for every 100,000 people who live in rural areas -- less than half the number of physicians available for people in urban areas. In other words, while almost a quarter of the population lives in rural America, less than 10 percent of physicians practice there. Telemedicine significantly reduces this gap, enabling more people access to healthcare, wherever they are.
The Thinklabs One digital stethoscope is a standard part of the telemedicine experience. A basic primary care telehealth visit involves taking blood pressure; examining the ear, nose and throat; and listening to the heart and lungs. With One, a doctor can hear patients perfectly from a distance, and also can record...
This week cannot pass by without observing the passing of a giant of the computer world. It is a rare thing for one person to touch the lives of billions of people, for one's work to have a global influence. This week I'm also in Hong Kong and spent some time at the Hong Kong Electronics Show. I can tell you that his influence is on show. So let me say a few things that you perhaps didn't know about him.
He was a giant in the programming world. He is most famous for two major contributions. The first is developing the software that runs every Apple device on the market today, as well as most of the computers that run the internet. You may not know that the same software is also the foundation for every Android device. So you could say that his work forms the foundation for every mobile device that exists today - phone or tablet - not to mentioned many...