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12 05, 2021

Zurich Children’s Hospital: A World Class Wonder In Addressing Pediatric Brain Tumours: Raymond Rupert

2021-05-12T10:18:38-04:00May 12, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Recently, I spent an hour on a zoom call hosted by Zurich Children's Hospital. What they have accomplished is world class.     The Zurich Children's Hospital has great clarity and focus plus the committed and competent leadership to implement the mission which is to find a cure for pediatric ...

9 03, 2021

Kate Bingham Is A UK Vaccine All Star: How She Succeeded Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-03-09T10:38:30-05:00March 9, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Source: The Business Insider, The Times. In the scramble for COVID-19 vaccines, the UK emerged in November as the first country to offer a shot outside of clinical trials — and one woman bears the credit. Kate Bingham put her role as a life-sciences venture capitalist on hold last July ...

7 03, 2021

Being Overly Confident But Very Incompetent: Dunning-Kruger Effect. Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-03-07T11:46:46-05:00March 7, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Just reading Adam Grant's excellent book- Think Again. He has a section that looks at confidence and incompetence. There is a principal called the Dunning-Kruger effect in which a person who is incompetent is overly confident. These persons are so incompetent that they do not recognize their own incompetence. And ...

15 02, 2021

The Health Benefits Of Walking In Forests: New York Times Feb 14 2021

2021-02-15T21:05:07-05:00February 15, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

As people spend more time indoors, a mountain of scientific research says spending time in nature is critical to health and increases longevity. That means being in fresh air, under trees and away from cars and concrete—on a regular basis. “There’s an urgent need emerging in science and at the ...

30 01, 2021

How To Prevent Or Respond To A Mental Health Crisis In The Family? Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-01-30T15:05:11-05:00January 30, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

With COVID, with the hype and distraction and disappointments of social media, with heightened isolation, with increased depression and anxiety, with the loss of social contact and social intimacy, with burnout, with easy access to drugs and alcohol and with little or no accountability, there are going to be mental ...

29 01, 2021

The Customer Experience In Primary Care Can Suck Big Time. Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-01-29T13:45:36-05:00January 29, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Betsy, not her real name, is 55 years of age. She tested negative for COVID in early January. Her 5 family members all tested positive. She did develop symptoms of COVID with productive cough, loss of sense of smell and taste, muscle aches, myalgia, gut pains and intermittent headaches. This ...

20 01, 2021

Digital Phenotyping With Your Smart Phone To Assess Mental Health: Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-01-20T09:46:43-05:00January 20, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Our smart phones leave a digital foot print. This foot print can be used to assess the mental health of the user of the smart phone. We call the foot prints a form of digital phenotyping. Let's define phenotype in order to be clear. The sum of an person's observable ...

17 01, 2021

Bridging Strategy When The Case Is Stuck: Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-01-17T20:31:37-05:00January 17, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A prior case involved a young adult age 24 with a complex mental health issue. We were asked to provide advocacy. The young adult had overdosed on opioids but survived. He was stunned that he lived because he had learned a lot about how to suicide successfully but he had ...

15 01, 2021

Anger Makes Misinformation & Conspiracy Theories Stick In Memory: Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-01-15T21:26:33-05:00January 15, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Anger elicits a robust physiological response that includes increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, but it can also affect attention and memory formation. Anger generally makes people more confident in the accuracy of their memories. Findings from a new study suggest that anger makes people more open to ...

15 01, 2021

The Expert Panel- A Very Good Option When Confronting Uber Complexity. Raymond Rupert patient advocate

2021-01-15T20:40:20-05:00January 15, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

When a case is uber complex, then we will revert to using an expert panel. Uber complex implies high levels of uncertainty. Somewhat like a wicked problem. Not a complex problem. The objective in using an expert panel is to go deeper in the analysis of the problem. Hosting a ...

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