2 posts tagged “health tools”

Putting together an MS emergency bag: What’s on your must-have list?

Posted 7 months ago by

From managing incontinence to temperature changes and sudden muscle weakness, many people living with MS have items they can’t live without. Some PatientsLikeMe members have started carrying an emergency bag with all the essentials to deal with inconvenient MS curveballs. Check out their suggestions:

  • Instant ice packs
  • Mint gum (helps one member “cool down”)
  • Change of clothes/underwear
  • Wet wipes
  • Latex gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel-sized air freshener
  • Towel and water resistant blanket
  • Disposable incontinence products i.e. Pads, Panty Liners or Pull Up Pants
  • Foldable/packable shoes
  • Wet bags (like the ones meant for baby diapers)
  • Travel sized detergent/bleach
  • Fold-up emergency cane (like this one)
  • Advil/Tylenol or a dose of your prescribed muscle relaxer

If you had an MS emergency bag, what would be inside?

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Enter the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Posted January 20th, 2012 by

Did you make a health-related New Year’s resolution?  And are you using technology—such as a smartphone app or website—to achieve your goal?  Create a short video about it, and you could win prizes ranging from $250 to $2,000 if your video is selected as one of the best!

Learn More About the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and conducted via Challenge.gov, the Healthy New Year Video Challenge invites you to create a compelling video (2 minutes or less) about a New Year’s resolution for improving your health or that of a loved one, and how you will use technology to achieve your resolution.

“In order to empower individuals to be more active partners in their health, they need access to their information and tools they can use,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., national coordinator for health information technology.  “We are excited to harness the creativity of ordinary Americans to help promote the positive impact of the myriad health information technology tools and services on health and health care.”

For PatientsLikeMe members, you’re already using technology (meaning, our online health community!) to monitor and improve your health.  Here are some sample resolutions involving PatientsLikeMe that might make for a great video submission:

  • Enter my complete health data at PatientsLikeMe so that I can spot correlations and patterns on my profile charts.
  • Find out what PatientsLikeMe members with the same condition(s) are doing about a symptom that’s frustrating me.
  • Chart my daily moods using PatientsLikeMe’s InstantMe survey to see what factors are affecting my mental health.
  • Add my Lab and Test results at PatientsLikeMe so that I – and others like me – can learn from them.

How Do Health and Technology Intersect in Your 2012 New Year's Resolutions?

All video submissions are due on Friday, February 16th, at 5:00 p.m. EST, so start brainstorming.  The idea is to inspire, motivate and educate others in a unique way, as all winning videos will be featured at HeathIT.gov.  For more details and contest guidelines, visit the contest website.

New to Health 2.0? Join the 125,000+ others at PatientsLikeMe to find information and support from those just like you – and begin monitoring your health with a host of tools and measurements. Cheers to health and technology in 2012!