One of the things I love best about working at WEGO Health is hearing directly from Health Activists about their motivations for going – and staying – online; essentially, how the internet and social media has changed the lives of both patients and caregivers today. Generally, we hear that people go online looking for support and information around their diagnosis, or that of a loved one, and that for the most part, they find both support and information within that online community and that the majority of experiences within the online community are positive. As a Health Activist yourself, I’m sure you know that this is a major factor in wanting to stay active and engaged within the online community.
We love bringing great new resources to Health Activists and members of the online health community. It is our hope that, by sharing information and resources, we can all encourage patients to lead healthier, more empowered lives. This is why we’re looking forward to sharing these new videos, links, and pages about joint health with you.
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To many of us, caring comes naturally and we’d do it no matter how difficult it becomes. But caregiving can be an extremely taxing role physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally. Colin investigated research that’s been conducted on the origins and motivations of empathy and the possible repercussions that arise from caregiving. –Amanda
In honor of Brain Awareness Week (a week that aptly contains the birthday of famous brain Albert Einstein – whose own brain, apparently weighed roughly 500g less than the average adult brain.) I wanted to share with you the noble mission behind this week and take a few minutes to reflect upon how important neuroscience is. In the past few decades alone, significant advances in the field of neuroscience have been made. It’s no secret that our brains are the epicenters of our bodies and, really, our person-hood and lives – but we have a lot more to learn about them. The mission of Brain Awareness Week is to recognize and encourage the behind-the-scenes efforts of the scientific community to learn, research, discover, map, and further understand these grayish three-pound fat-masses we so greatly rely upon.
This Week on WEGO Health Loves: Twitter
No really, we do. Seems like everyone is talking about Twitter these days and everyone has an opinion about how best to use it. Though there is one thing we really love about Twitter – the people!
We’ve met some many wonderful health folks, including:
And those are just a few! Please visit our growing community – there’s something for everyone, migraines, food allergies or something different all together there’s a Health Activist there offering tips, treatment options and support.
Modern biomedicine is rife with dilemma. Cells and DNA, hormones, lesions and blood counts are agents of the biomedical diagnosis that often explain a condition as if it were analyzed outside of the patient’s body—like a weed that can be uprooted before it begins to envelop the garden. Yet illnesses are not just pathological processes to be understood and explained solely through the lens of a microscope or the language of science.
In our ongoing effort to empower Health Activists, WEGO Health will be hosting a “Twitter for Health Activists” webinar event this Monday, April 6th at 8PM Eastern Standard Time.
We all know that Twitter is taking the web by storm. In fact, according to Quantcast, there are now over 6 million users on Twitter. Whether you’re a Twitter veteran or simply a curious outsider, as a Health Activist you have the unique opportunity to use Twitter to further connect, share and empower others. This online event with help you to gain insight into how to better use Twitter as a means for building community, advocating and promoting awareness of health conditions and issues.