I have been working for years on how to optimize my sleeping pattern to be able to wake up well-rested in the morning. Through a 6-months sleep tracking experiment carried out with the Pebble Time sensor and the Android Sleep app, I increased my sleep quality significantly. Check out what I learnt from it!

Here is the edited speech I gave to the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, and I would turn to every government or parliament eager to reform healthcare through technology with similar advices. I hope that more and more regulatory actors will pay attention to the winds of change.

As a data geek, I have been quantifying my health for over a decade, measuring different aspects of my life in order to improve it. Although it has been a long process, I also managed to optimize my sleep with technology. Are you curious, how? 



Medical Robotics

9 Exciting Facts About Medical Robots

Medical robots do not only exist in sci-fi movies, they are coming to healthcare. If medical professionals want to utilize them successfully and do not want to fear the loss of their jobs, they should learn more about them. Here are the 9 most exciting medical robot facts.

Top 10 Self-Surgeries

According to the Wikipedia article on self-surgery:

Self-surgery is the act of performing a surgical procedure on oneself. It can be a rare manifestation of a psychological disorder, an attempt to avoid embarrassment or legal action, or an act taken in extreme circumstances out of necessity.

Now the List Universe created a list of the top 10 most incredible self-surgeries. A short overview about what you will find there (the names and the procedure they performed):

  • Dr Jerri Nielsen: Biopsy
  • Amanda Feilding: Trepanation
  • Deborah Sampson: Extraction of Musket Ball
  • Dr Evan O’Neill Kane: Appendectomy and Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Joannes Lethaeus: Lithotomy (Removal of stones formed inside certain hollow organs such as the bladder and kidneys)
  • Sampson Parker: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Dr Leonid Rogozov: Appendectomy
  • Douglas Goodale: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Aron Ralston: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Ines Ramírez: Caesarean Section

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