“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of Life.”—My favorite quote from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
“In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you. ”— Jonathan Harris
This hospital in Mexico City not only helps patients, but also the environment. The facade of the building eats smog and transforms pollutants into harmless chemicals. It also cools the inside and decreases air condition costs.
We all had that experience. We smell a certain scent and travel across time and space. The fresh-baked cookies transfer us to our Grandma’s kitchen, the aftershave of a stranger in the subway into the arms of a past lover…
In Singapore, JWT and the global fragrance company Givaudan use the power of scents and developed personalized kit’s to help patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The smell of freshly cut grass or an ocean breeze can evoke emotional memories and connect patients with their family and environment.
Despite their greater life expectancy, the adults of today are less “metabolically” healthy than their counterparts of previous generations. That’s the conclusion of a large cohort study which compared generational shifts in a range of well established metabolic risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Assessing the trends, the investigators concluded that “the more recently born generations are doing worse”, and warn “that the prevalence of metabolic risk factors and the lifelong exposure to them have increased and probably will continue to increase.”
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.”— Mister Rogers
A timeline to store my health history would come in handy for me. I am really bad remembering the date of past medical procedures, the beginning of experienced symptoms, details of received treatments…
HealthKeep is a social, private health network and might be the solution. The network claims to be secure and anonymous and can be used to create a health timeline, store health records and connect to other people experiencing similar symptoms. I like the aspect of not losing health-related information and receiving social support, but I am a little worried people rely to much on non-professional medical advice through the network.