TeleHealth News


March 16, 2017




    Last Tuesday, March 14 was International Pi day. No, not pie day, rather Pi day. The mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, approximated as 3.14159. Although it is believed that the Babylonians were the first to have calculated it to be about 3.125, Archimedes (287-212 BC) is considered to be the first to calculate it accurately. Thus March 14 or the fourteenth day of the third month of the year (3.14) is celebrated as Pi day by mathematicians.
     It is one of the constants in the laws of the universe that control and regulate our lives. Although some laws like entropy point to chaos as being another constant, it can be argued that the chaotic changes in themselves are orderly.
     In medicine too, entropy is considered by some to be the cause of genetic mutation and degradation of our life due to accumulation of bad mutation in human genome. But genetic mutation happens in all living things. The one thing however that is overlooked is the fact that - it stands to reason - at that same rate, good mutations occur as well. These good mutations too are passed on from generation to generation and maybe the reason why many of our children are smarter than we are. It is true that we are mortal but that too is a universal constant and all living things in fact are mortal - as is the universe itself. But what is mortality? The second law of thermo dynamic indicates that "energy must be spent in order to create order!" And the first law of thermo dynamic indicates that "energy can not be created or destroyed!" Then the third law of thermo dynamic (entropy) indicates that "energy must degrade to perform work." So if life is a form of energy, the mortality of it could be considered a change in its form and not necessarily the end of it.
    The fact that more of us are realizing, researching, experimenting and working with this knowledge in itself is a proof of advancement of our genome in good ways. For example, our progression in computer technology is contributing to the enrichment of our understanding of the many natural laws. That comprehension too will enrich the way we will practice medicine in the future. Telehealth, Telemedicine, and Tele-education are tools that will
contribute to this understanding. Maybe we should just slough off our comfortable layer of old beliefs and embrace the chaos of the new information coming our way. That however does not mean to destroy or disregard old knowledge, traditions or customs. Rather it means to built upon their foundation and establish a just and equal world for all. A healthy world encourages the good mutational changes in our genome and a weak, diseased, and contaminated one degrades those mutational changes. The real question here is, how to use the technology at our disposal to make positive changes and mold the entropic energy to perform constructive work. It is said; "The HOWs in life are easy, the WHYs are the tough ones." But today we can say that; "We know what needs to be done, HOW to do them are the tough ones." Telemedicine, and Tele-education can help us find ways to make the positive changes. [ R. G. ]


In the News:

The Access to Dental Care Act (HB 264) bill was not heard in Senate Judiciary yesterday. Instead, it was rolled over to today or tomorrow, 3-16 or 17. It will be heard after the morning floor session (around 2:30 PM) in Room 321. Check here for time of hearing.

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World faces largest humanitarian crisis 
since 1945 with 20 million at risk of starvation
The Telegraph

Con Alma Health Foundation’s 2017 Multi-Year 
Grant Guidelines and Online Application are Now Available

Study points to lactate as key driver of cancer  
China Daily 

Questioning a Taboo; Physicians’ Interruptions During Interactions With Patients   

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Of Interest:

     On March 8, 1618 the German astronomer Johannes Kepler discovered the third law of planetary motion. By fine-tuning the theories of Copernicus.
     His first law indicate that planets follow an elliptical path around the sun.
     The second law determines that the speed at which a planet moves through space is not constant: a planet moves faster when it's nearer the sun, and it slows down when it's farthest. But planets sweep across equivalent total areas in equivalent periods of time.
     Kepler's third law (discovered on this day) is known as the Law of Harmonies. He compared the motion of different planets and discovered that the square of a planet's orbital period is directly proportional to the cube of its average distance from the sun, and the ratio is almost exactly the same for every planet in our solar system.


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