Archive for ‘resources’

February 27th, 2012

Social Tone: Health Networks vs. Standard Communities

by Susan

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 …Read More

December 15th, 2011

New Resources for the Joint Pain Community!

by Amanda

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 …Read More

August 25th, 2011

Compassion Fatigue and the Science of Empathy

by Amanda

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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 …Read More

March 15th, 2011

Brain Awareness Week: Thank You Neuroscience!

by 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.

According to the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) (the awesome resource I am using to write this post), Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is “is an inspirational global campaign that unites those who share an interest in elevating public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain and nervous system research.” The goals of this week are to:

  • Inspire the next generation of scientists
  • Contribute to general understanding of basic brain functions
  • Improve public health by expanding awareness of neurological disorders
  • Make the connection between increased support for biomedical research and benefits to public health
  • All of which are awesome pursuits!

    The work of a neuroscientist is, as you’d expect, complicated. Our brains, complete with 100 billion nerves cells (think of all the stars in our galaxy – that’s the number of nerves you have in your brain), controls us in every way. Not only do they influence our actions like walking, talking, and using our senses – they help us function as emotional, rational, and social animals. The latter adds a level of complexity to neuroscientists’ work that is both fascinating and infinitely challenging. According to SFN, the motivation of these scientists are: 1) to understand human behavior better and 2) to discover ways to prevent or cure many devastating brain disorders. I decided to read through the SFN’s Brain Fact PDF to see just how neuroscience has influenced our different health communities. Just as our brains are central to our bodies, advances in brain science is central to the research of all of our individual health conditions. Read on to see what I mean. But, since, I get pretty wordy, you’re going to have to jump! (Think of it as an excited hop for your brain.) read more » …Read More

    July 1st, 2009

    We Love Twitter

    by admin

    This Week on WEGO Health Loves: TwitterNo 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…Read More

    June 9th, 2009

    Silent Illnesses: How to Explain it to Others and Find the Support That’s Right for You

    by admin

    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 …Read More

    March 31st, 2009

    Twitter for Health Activists

    by admin

    In our ongoing effort to empower +/0+/, +/1+/ will be hosting a “Twitter for Health Activists” webinar event this Monday, April 6th at 8PM Eastern Standard Time.

    We all know that +/2+/
    is taking the web by storm. In fact, according to
    +/3+/, 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.

    Event details:For full event listing

    • This event will be held on Monday, April 6th at 8pm Eastern Standard Time
    • The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with Q&A directly following – the session will last no longer than one hour
    • Please note that this event will be held remotely
    • Participants can join from anywhere in the country, but will be required to be online and on the phone at the same time

    Please RSVP by registering and completing a WEGO Health profile, and then simply mark that you’ll be attending the event on the event page. An event confirmation and reminder with more details will be sent out later this week. Please contact with …Read More