Media Mining Digest 23 – Apr 20, 2012: Hospital MRSA, Fecal Transplants, When Are We Dead?, Latin America, Federal Trade Commission, University 2.0, Digital University, Web Musicians, SiFi Wine, Refined Weather Forecasting, Personalized Medicine and Food, Howard Huges Medical Institute Lectures, Stateless Biharis, Carbon Neutral Building, Women in Science, Epidemic Intelligence Service, Grow Your Own Doctor, Entrepreneurial Medicine, Young Entrepreneur Experiences, Understanding Venture Capital, and Apple Virus

Twenty-one links to podcasts from this digest are found in two formats here and here.

Hospital MRSA 16 mins – A Quackcast about MRSA screening in hospitals that describes the limitations and applications. Go to the link, find “46 Crazy MRSA,” right click it and select “Save Link As…” to download.

Fecal Transplants 8 mins – A Quackcast on value and use of fecal transplants, plus some useful insights about the concept. Also a short talk about some health workers who work under trying conditions in Uganda and how listeners can help them. Find “podcast”, right click and “save Link As…”

When Are We Dead? 21 mins – This QuackCast uses Near Death Experiences (NDE) to explain why we need to read the original medical reference, not just accept headlines, even from medical sources. Dr Crislip tediously dissect a medical paper and comments about what two commentators say it says. He says, “If this kind of description, much less the podcast, is not itself a near death experience, I do not know what is.” Right click, “Save Link As…” to download.

Latin America 92 mins – A three person panel talks about the general US policy and problems in Latin America. China is a labor competitor and Latin American labor market will improve as Chinese wages rise. The US has 3.5 times more trade with Latin America than China. The Caribbean area is included in the discussion. No other new concepts or insights were offered and it’s a ponderous 92 minutes, but useful because few podcasts have appeared about the region. Click on “Listen to Audio Only”, then right click “download” and “Save File As…” to download.

Tissue Regeneration 67 mins – This NIH presentation focuses on why diabetic wounds, or ulcers, don’t heal and how to fix that. Such wounds do include healing skin, but it has to be brought into play by removing a wound perimeter. Research that includes tracking some 132 aspects of wound treatment is ongoing to identify how to revive unhealing skin, but at present only its debridement is effective. Go to the link, bottom of page under “Audio Podcast”, right click on “Play”, then right click and select “Save File As…” to download. The file will be a video version.

Federal Trade Commission 75 mins – Every day we hear about privacy issues surrounding Facebook, Google, mobile apps, smartphones, Big Data and data brokers. Julie Brill, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, describes policy and enforcement initiatives in the area of online privacy and data security in a conversation on privacy and digital communications technology. Also included are medical information, export of technology, COPA (Childrens Online Protection Act), privacy by design and how tech savvy should we be.

University 2.0 25 mins – When Juan Carlos de Martin began his research tracing the history of the university he was optimistic about the democratizing effects of digital technology. However, he now has identified several persuasive arguments against the University that together could topple the ivory tower. These include educational cost, the customization of education, value of civic education, role of social development, job finding and job/work skills. Digital technology can create a divide that’s detrimental, but is also a useful tool in evolving education. P.S. The New England Journal of Medicine presented a medical version of the educational problem with “Financing Graduate Medical Education — Mounting Pressure for Reform”. Ray Kurzweil has two other item, one about MIT’s new online learning initiative, MITx, and free videos for new iPad apps programming course at CMU that are now available.

Digital University 12 mins – The last item in this episode of BBC’s Digital Planet is about the Peer-to-Peer-University project. It’s an online university in which 160,000 people signed up to take a Stanford AI course. Harvard is doing it, too. Do we need degrees? The director of the MIT Media Lab has no undergrad degrees. This project harnesses the social aspect of the web. In the WIKKI for the project some thirty-three similar efforts are identified, with links. The Digital Planet talk starts at the 12 twelve minute mark and runs for ten minutes to the end. Go to link, find “DigitalP: 10Apr 12: Life Online,” right click on “digitalp 20120410-2032a.mp3” and “Save Link As…”

Web Musicians 60 mins – Is there room in the music industry for middle-class musicians? Three career performer/songwriters who all stumbled on the same analogy for how musicians can “make it” in the digital age: that of Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). Kristin Hersh, Zoe Keating, and Erin McKeown discuss what models have worked for them, and the unorthodox ways they’ve learned to make a living as artists. Soundcloud is an example where artists, amateur and pros, can post music and see how much use it gets.

SiFi Wine 43mins – This is an odd science fiction story with a wine theme on a galactic scale. Wine lovers may appreciate it. There’s a subtle flavor of technology with strong overtones of biological piquancy and warlike bouquet! Find the title “EP340: Golubash(Wine-Blood_War-Story)” to download and see a long written summary.

Refined Weather Forecasting (start at 15:50 ) 24 mins – Weather forecasting uses small detectors scattered around the country. The number of these is small and many weather aspects can only be generally predicted on a daily basis. This discussion starting at the 15:50 mark in a “How On Earth Radio” program shows how Earth Networks distributed more detectors and now produces more detailed predictions. Utilities can use the information to predict power loads, purchase power more economically, and prevent wind damage to wind turbines. Mention is made of Skew-T in weather analysis and forecasting. Earth Network”s WeatherBug has over 11 million monthly mobile users and has a strong presence across mobile carriers.

Personalized Medicine and Food 43 minutes – Dr. Moira Gunn talks with David Agnus and David Topping about their research. The End of Illness by David B Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means. With a blend of storytelling, landmark research, and provocative ideas on health, Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the human body and all of the ways it works—and fails—showing us how a new perspective on our individual health will allow each of us to achieve that often elusive but now reachable goal of a long, vigorous life. The Agus segment covers the first 15 minutes and notes that football players die young, people who don’t move about die younger, that baby aspirin prevents cancer, and inflammation is a major cause of many problems.

Topping, a CSIRO scientist (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) introduces us to benefits of “resistant starch” in some cooked foods. Of the four types of resistant starch mentioned in the wiki, he advocates the RS3 type in cooked and cooled potatoes, beans and sushi rice. He proposes a simple blood test to replace colonoscopies just as the drugstore pregnancy test replace the old rabbit version. Flash frozen food is more nutritious than fresh food carried in trucks, stored in warehouses and on market shelves for days.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Lectures – HHMI produces an annual series of lectures spanning eight years. Each series includes four hour-long video programs and another hour of discussion about evolution, diseases, biodiversity, neuroscience, AIDs, biological clocks, sex, RNA, genomics, cancer, stem cells, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.  Go to the site, right click a desired title and select “Save File As…”.

Stateless Biharis  10 mins – Their support for the Pakistani side during the eight-month war 40 years ago between East and West Pakistan provoked hostility from the Bengali’s after independence. The Urdu-speaking community was moved to refugee camps, awaiting repatriation to the former West Pakistan. But that never happened; instead they were left in sixty refugee camps. The 300,000-minority community was stranded, left living in one-room houses as stateless refugees and the population is growing. One person makes a living by making paper bags.

Carbon Neutral Building 29 mins -The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is a world-class showcase of green construction. The building celebrates its location and setting, has minimal impact on the environment and creates functional and inspiring spaces for teaching, learning, research and building of community. John Robinson takes Robyn Williams on a walking tour of the greenest building in North America. The facility has been opened for six months.

Women in Science 36 mins – The second topic in this episode concerns why women are under-represented in scientific faculty. Pediatricians are nowadays mostly women and they have changed the work hours of the specialty and career path to allow for pregnancy, something that is still unavailable in other specialties and especially in academia where it can ruin your chances of tenure. The speaker is a pediatrician and the same information is available in written form in “What the Doctors Ordered”.  Download the audio file at the link by locating the title, “Science Podcast – Modeling cell polarity, women in science, virtual animals, and more (13 April 2012)” and right clicking SciencePodcast_120413.mp3 beneath it.

Epidemic Intelligence Service 99 mins – Dr Tyler Sharp of the EIS talks about the organization and his work controlling dengue in Puerto Rico. The EIS is staffed by 160 people who sever a two-year fellowship. Eight new people are recruited each year. Most are medical doctors, but a few are dentists and nurses. He describes how one applies and the three week basic training that’s provided. At an April conference the old meets the new and determine who goes where. Dr Sharp is a US citizen who went to college in Canada and he goes on to describe his academic progress.

Grow Your Own Doctor 55 mins – Futures In Biotech 93 interviews a researcher who is studying his own genome, proteome and transcriptome. The cost for all three is about $12,500. It’s the analysis that’s now expensive because a team of scientists is needed to analyze the results and the testing is being done repeatedly. Analysis should be possible eventually by anyone with a glucose-type meter that can read five thousand items rather than just glucose. It’s personalized medicine or “tsunami” science according to one interviewer. This work, in progress for a couple years, caught diabetes early. The disease appearance is thought to have been triggered by a cold. There are indications that diabetes may be a collection of diseases like cancer, rather than just one.

Entrepreneurial Medicine 56 mins – As CEO of OptiMedica, Mark Forchette guides the company’s continuing efforts to successfully deliver innovative medical technologies to market. His company produces equipment newly in use to remove cataracts. First use of the laser process was done in Houston two months ago.

Young Entrepreneur Experiences 60 mins – InDinero founder Jessica Mah discusses the realities of the startup experience. Sharing the early successes and missteps for her company, Mah honestly reveals the lessons she continues to learn while directing inDinero’s path to success through its commitment to customers.  Place the cursor on “Podcast” and right click the resulting popup, “Download MP3,” and select “Save Link As…”

Understanding Venture Capital 60 mins – As a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Dana Mead supports entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to make major impact through life science technologies and ventures. In this lecture, Mead talks about venture capital, offering great insights about Silicon Valley and life as a venture capitalist. $16 to $28 billion is invested annually by venture capitalists by 146 organizations. Digital and biotech are the biggest areas of interest.

Apple Virus 98 mins – The first few minutes of “Security Now 348” the threat to Apple computers where about one million MAC’s have been infected with a robot virus. It is followed with an interesting, but brief mention of new inexpensive genetic tests.

The 110 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are gathered using Feedreader3 and are available as an opm file at Google Docs. Free Commander is used to compare old and new downloads to remove duplicates. MP3SpeedChanger is used to change playback speed of multiple files as a batch.

Thanks for visiting.


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