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The Non-Ancient, Non-Secrets of Japanese Health

The Japanese people are longer-lived and healthier than Americans. Currently, that information does more to sell diet books than influence policy or infrastructure development. But research suggests public policy, income and healthcare equality, and the physical and social environment are a big part of what makes Japan healthy.

How Inequality Threatens the Promise of Big Data

This year, the health team’s research has focused on big data and the world of innovation that it will open up. But while emerging technology will give us much more comprehensive data than we’ve had in the past, it won’t be perfect. Inequality will probably create significant data blind-spots/gaps in the future, because it does in the present and it has in the past. 

Scenario Construction for Complex Systems: A Climate-Health Case Study

 A couple of years ago I was challenged to think about methods for understanding the long-term implications of climate-health interactions. I was asked by a colleague to sort out some methods that would help public health planners understand the complexity of climate-health relationships and transform them into priorities for action. Data from current health outcomes (e.g.

US Government Exploring Health and Identity Information Ecologies

It's satisfying to see that since IFTF's recently released 2008-2009 research: Health and Health Care 2020 Perspective Report, containing my own short discussions of Health and Identity Information Ecologies, that many of these early themes are extended and expanded in two recent reports and policy recommendations from President Obama's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST):

This is your brain. This is your brain on meditation. Any questions?

Studies of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) are taking off, with the recent addition of a study to be published in Neuroimaging today.  Will more people be nudged to meditate if they can measure and visualize the impact on their physical and emotional well-being in increasingly compelling ways?

Jan 12 SF event, The Power of Play: Innovations in Getting Active

In just under a week, on January 12, leaders in the areas of fitness, science, health care, game design, video games, and education will converge to talk about the Power of Play, especially active gaming. 

Announcing Health Horizons' 2011 Research Agenda

Making Health Take Less Work

Is that bagel a good choice given your genetic makeup?

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