Cheerleader helps discover novel bacterium

A cheerleader volunteering for a citizen-science project helped discover a novel bacterium from a seat at a football stadium at Coronado High School in San Diego. Members of a citizen-science group called Science Cheerleader helped gather microbe samples by swabbing the school’s stadium seats and shared the samples with a project known as MERCCURI. Scientist … Continue reading Cheerleader helps discover novel bacterium

Susannah Fox and open patient data

Susannah Fox was appointed the chief technical officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services in May. Many patient advocates believe she could – as she puts it – “enable patients to access their electronic health data easily and contribute it for research” and continue a movement toward giving patients a greater voice … Continue reading Susannah Fox and open patient data

Lessons from #CancerFilm on “second screen”

For three nights this Spring, an unusual set of fireworks exploded across the social media landscape with implications for public discussions of health, particularly for health care professionals whose work includes crafting messages for patients. An estimated 746 doctors joined in a twitter chat with the hashtag #cancerfilm in an extended conversation with more than … Continue reading Lessons from #CancerFilm on “second screen”