Lauren Vogel is a news editor on CMAJ
What separates a good idea from an amazing one? A TEDMED2014 session I live streamed Wednesday provided plenty of clues. Although the speakers came from widely diverse backgrounds, ranging from journalism to ocean swimming, three strong threads – simplicity, specificity and daring – bound together the lessons they shared.
“Flat Out Amazing” ideas, it seems, start from simple answers to complex questions. Take the single-use syringe, for example ...continue reading
Lauren Vogel is a news editor at CMAJ
“We just don't know.” It's not exactly what most people want to hear from medicine's top minds. We want our healers to be certain. And with rapid improvements in genetic research, Big Data, diagnostic imaging, and personalized, predictive medicine, there's more information than ever about what makes us tick.
“We've made stunning progress,” Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, former director of the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, told participants at #TEDMED2014 yesterday. “But the simple truth is what we have is not knowledge; it's information that is going to morph and shift into something else next week, next year or in 50 years.”
The more we know, the more we should realize the limits of what we know, she said. “We are desperately in the dark about how most things work. Humility is the secret ingredient that unveils truth and brings about change.”
It will also help us roll with the punches as rapid change becomes the norm, said ...continue reading
Kirsten Patrick is deputy editor at CMAJ
Breastfeeding? Really? At TEDMED? C’mon breastfeeding is as old as humanity and we know everything there is to know about its benefits (just not how to make moms stick to it), right? How did breastfeeding end up as a topic of a TEDMED talk in a session called ‘TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN’ that I live-streamed this morning?
Well, as the speaker, Eleanor 'Bimla' Schwarz, pointed out we’ve been missing a trick in our thinking and communicating about the benefits of breastfeeding. We’ve been talking all about the benefits for the baby but we've failed to move beyond "it helps you lose the baby weight" when it comes to talking up the benefits for mom. ...continue reading
Erin Russell is an assistant editor on CMAJ and CMAJ Open
This week, some 2,200 leaders from medical and non-medical fields (including CMAJ Editorial Advisory Board member Erica Frank) will come together for TEDMED 2014, the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.”
Naturally, the CMAJ editorial staff is interested in this event dedicated to what’s new, inspiring, provocative, and relevant in health and medicine. What’s especially exciting about this event is the availability of TEDMED Live Streaming. As a registered affiliate of TEDMED, CMAJ editors will be streaming the event live in our offices and blogging about it here ...continue reading