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Blue Zones

Blue Zones

10/19/10
Journalist Dan Buettner identified 5 Blue Zones where people live the longest in the world and they are
The Italian island of Sardinia
Okinawa, Japan
Loma Linda, California
Costa Rica's isolated Nicoya Peninsula
Ikaria, an isolated Greek island

The website describes why people living in these zones live longer and healthier lives. Definitely a worthwhile read for anyone interested in staying healthy.
EarPopper

EarPopper

10/1/10
I must say I have been waiting for someone to invent a device such as this. I would always recommend to my patients who were flying in a plane with a cold virus or allergies to wear special ear plugs that help with pressure problems. (flightmates was one that they could buy in the drug store). But this company has a very interesting concept of just helping one open up their eustacian tube if their are pressure related problems. Great idea and I'm sure it will help many people. I just wish they had invented this product years ago!!!
Ihealthbeat.org

Ihealthbeat.org

9/24/10
This site focuses on the impact that technology has on healthcare and it does a remarkable job of covering everything from the latest EMR news to telemedicine. Their newsletter is perfect for keeping up to date with the latest news and advances in technology and healthcare.
Fitbit

Fitbit

9/15/10
Fitbit is a neat little device that works like a nintendo wii tracking your daily movements and then calculating your total calories burned. I tried to order one but they are currently backordered as they seem to be in high demand. They do have a partnership with google health to upload your data. Probably a cool gadget for people to track their daily activities and as a physician, I would recommend that people always take the stairs rather than the elevator so if a device like this can inspire people to get more activity into their daily life that would be a good thing. They also claim it can track sleep, and that too could be useful for people to monitor. I like this device as simply a reminder for people to get exercise and get to bed early for sleep...I hope it catches on as it serves a good purpose in promoting health.
Tupalo

Tupalo

9/15/10
There have been many companies trying to do a really good job of local business search and reviews. Citysearch tried this years ago and it seemed like Yelp in the end has most of that market right now. Tupalo along with their partner citygrid media now has 1 million listings for US businesses and appears to be going up against yelp. They will have to acquire many users to reach the level of cult following that yelp has but they seemed to have done well in Europe so we will see if they can pull this off. Currently they do not have many reviews that i would look at in the SF area, but they are just getting going and I would be interested to hear what experiences local business have with them. The yelp reviews from business owners is highly variable with some loving the new business by yelp and others calling yelp the new mafia.
Stippleit.com

Stippleit.com

9/15/10
Almost every company out there wants users to tag their photos, facebook, google, flickr...they do this to organize the photos and allow them to become indexed. The value for the user is that now they also can locate their photos and their friends can find the photos too. Stipple has a great idea of making what they call dots on their photos and their system of tagging is far more robust and can be tagged anyone on the internet. Even more important is the revenue stream the user can generate if they tag their photos. If someone blogs about a celebrity and they happen to be wearing designer jeans in the photo, you can tag that specific part of the image and provide a direct link to buy that pair of designer jeans. I suspect it is only a matter of time before they can do this for video as well...then we can finally say goodbye to TV commercials and product placement will be all over the place.
ScreenScape.net

ScreenScape.net

9/14/10
Very useful application that is great for small businesses. They offer for just 9 dollars a month the ability to easily create dynamic content to advertise a business. You can upload videos, power point videos or anything to show to potential customers. Then you can share these videos with businesses that are doing the same thing. The main advantage in being with partnering with other businesses. Great concept at a reasonable price. I'm definitely telling my friends who own businesses about this idea.
Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster

9/5/10
I always worry a little when I buy tickets online as I never know if I am really going to get them or if they are really going to work when you get to the venue. Ticketmaster being one of the oldest ticketing agencies is extremely reputable and delivers electronic tickets by email. Very reliable service.
IM-HISTORY

IM-HISTORY

9/3/10
The last time I even remotely cared about anything related to the subject of history was over 25 years ago and even then I probably barely passed those classes. Never really understood why "old" people cared about history. For some reason now I find myself watching the history channel and seeing things that happened decades ago as interesting. Definitely a nice website and even if you don't care about history, watch Stan Lee's superheroes

http://www.history.com/shows/stan-lees-superhumans
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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

8/20/10
This is one of the best resources on the internet for what they are calling alternative medicine. This encompasses a large database on herbs, supplements and vitamins. They list the relevant studies for almost all dietary supplements along with cautions and possible benefits. I recommend to that people do their research on sites like this before buying a new supplement
Hulu

Hulu

8/15/10
At first I was a little bit wary of paying $9.95/month for what used to be free on hulu for their new service hulu plus, but it really is a good deal since they stream it in much better quality it seems. Nice to be able to have all of the current season's TV shows as well. The combo of hulu plus and Netflix makes it seem like I rarely watch cable TV now. I am a big fan of HDTV and high quality images but the on demand feature of internet TV is just too alluring.
Zinio

Zinio

8/12/10
Awhile back I got a free subscription to a Sound and Vision on Zinio for my laptop and I rarely ever used it. I didn't really see a need for it and I wasn't sure who would buy a subscription to a magazine for a laptop as it was so much easier to read a real version of it. 2 years later someone gifts me an ipad for my bday and Now I see the beauty of Zinio. I don't want any more paper magazine subscriptions...I only want digital downloads via Zinio... they even have ipad interactive content.
Cellulitedx.com

Cellulitedx

8/3/10
This is the world's first genetic test for cellulite and is made by the same company that makes the genetic test for hair loss in men. Cellulite is largely genetic with some people having a far worse case than others. This test allows people to see if they have the genetic predisposition to getting cellulite during the course of their lifetime. Nowadays there are cellulite treatments using everything from radiofrequency to infrared light treatments and it is possible that these treatments if used early on could delay and limit the progression of cellulite. Interesting concept and as the treatments for cellulite become better, I bet this type of genetic testing will catch on.
Manfrotto School Of Xcellence

Manfrotto School Of Xcellence

6/27/10
Manfrotto (the company that make the high end grips, tripods and photography accessories) have put out an outstanding free website to help people take better photos. Nowadays there are hundreds of websites offering Online Photography Classes and most of them attempt to charge the consumer and still have very weak content. Manfrotto created this free site for everyone to use to help educate new and experienced photographers. They have some of the best photographers around acting as tutors and writing articles to help advance the knowledge base of photography. I have seen Canon and other camera manufacturers put out similar free resources but as Manfrotto doesn't make cameras, this website is in a unique position of discussing all aspects of photography even those that don't rely on selling the consumer the latest and greatest digital camera. They have articles ranging from monitor calibration to pin hole photography.
Foursquare

Foursquare

6/24/10
I was out having drinks with a few friends and one of them pulls out her iPhone and says "Let's see who else is in the bar worth talking to". Within seconds the entire group is pouring over foursquare on the iPhone and evaluating potential networking opportunities. The bar was full with about 50 people and 8 of them showed up on foursquare. The rest of the group at that point in time was amazed at this app and then they all downloaded it, filled out their profile and within minutes ended up using it to talk to random strangers thanks to foursquare. It was socially viral in a way that seduced everyone around us to all join foursquare just to be a part of the social network and see who else was in the bar. A number of these apps have existed for awhile now for the iPhone but none of them ever reached critical mass like foursquare. When an entire bar starts breaking out their iPhones to download an app, you know foursquare has hit internet gold. The badges are also pure genius...I plan to become the mayor of a local starbucks... or maybe I can earn that barista badge...
KidSafe Inc

KidSafe Inc

6/23/10
I have ordered from this site before and they gave me excellent service and shipped the items in a very timely manner. They have a huge selection of products designed for child safety and I would recommend any new parent to take a look at this site to help protect their children. Accidents are always the top of the list in child injuries and many of them that I have seen in my career in pediatrics could have been prevented. You may not even need to buy many of the items sold here but just looking at them will give you ideas on how you can child protect your own home.
The Guild

The Guild

6/18/10
Anyone who has ever played world of warcraft should just watch a couple of these episodes...hilarious. It started in 2007 on the internet only and now is being distributed by microsoft and netflix. Clever use of in game verbage and the actress Felicia Day does an amazing job of portraying a "hot" yet nerdy WOW player. She wrote and produced this internet hit which has received more than 50 million views. Quite a feat and the show is very well written.
ProjectAware

ProjectAware

6/11/10
Great site for educating people about the importance of hormones in aging women and and overall great site on women's healthcare. They have compiled a great resource and I recommend this site to women looking for more information on health concerns ranging from breast health to menopause
Vitamin D Council

Vitamin D Council

6/7/10
Most people still believe that you can get most of your nutrients from the food you consume, but the latest medical research on taking supplements such as Vitamin D have shown the medical benefits of taking certain supplements. It turns out that vitamin D really isn't a true "vitamin" and that term was coined back when scientists didn't really understand the role of these chemicals. Vitamin D is really a type of hormone and often needed in the body in larger amounts than doctors previously thought. I recommend everyone to read this website and see if it may apply to you. Talk to your primary care doctor about taking vitamin D as a supplement and possibly getting your levels measured.
PhysioLogics

PhysioLogics

6/3/10
There are many different companies out there selling supplements to the public but as this is not a very regulated industry, it is up to the consumer to figure out which ones are of higher quality. I have used this company in the past and they have a wide array of products which are sold to physician's offices.

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