Friday Links – Robots, Art Therapy & Asthma, Stress, Chalk Art
Robot Surgeon Assistants and Smart Pills
Scientific American covers startling new medical technology that could save money and transform patient care. It’s like science fiction made real.
Work Stress = Asthma?
Yet another reason to revamp the abysmal vacation policies in American corporate culture.
Jarvis Williams, Former NFL Player and Florida Gator, Dies of Asthma Attack
He was only 45 years-old.
Generally, I like to focus on the more positive aspects of asthma parenting, like my gratefulness that my daughter’s airways respond to conventional treatments, giving her a happy, athletic, (relatively) healthy childhood, only plus medication. But as scary and tragic as stories like Williams’ are, they provide a crucial portrayal of the other side of this condition. Asthma can turn serious and life-threatening in an instant, and even if for the vast majority of patients it doesn’t, we can’t ever forget that possibility. The challenge, of course, being to balance that awareness with a positive day-to-day focus on life, activity, health, and fun.
Painting and Drawing Helps Severe Asthma Kids’ Moods
This article caught my eye because of all you patient bloggers and commenters who’ve been writing about your flaring this week. Your words are helping me understand the emotional toll asthma can take on a person better, so thanks so much for sharing. If I had my way, I would force all your lungs to turn the corner on recovery and stay that way.
And speaking of art, check out this video
Next weekend, I’m going to to the Denver Chalk Art Festival. The Sidekick loves all kinds of art, especially working with clay and covering my driveway with chalk drawings, so she and I went looking for information online about the festival and lost ourselves looking at famous chalk artist Julian Beever’s 3D drawings instead. (No, he won’t be at the festival.)
This is a time-lapse video of his creation process:
Photo up top by Flickr user Irargerich.