Replay: Filtered Sunlight for Jaundice and Text Messages for Healthy Lifestyle


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This week we are replaying one of our favourite episodes from earlier this season:

Originally aired on October 3, 2015, Amol, general internal resident at the University of Toronto, and Fahad, Staff Internist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, discuss two papers.

It’s phototherapy without the need for electricity. Fahad discusses how filtered sunlight is found to be equivalent to conventional phototherapy in treating infants with elevated bilirubin levels. The film that filters the sunlight is low cost and low-tech, yet has the potential for global impact.

Amol discusses using text messages to battle cardiovascular disease. Semi-personalized motivational text messages was shown to promote health behavioral change and improve outcomes. What does Amol and Fahad think about the digital age of health promotion?

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The papers

1. Filtered sunlight to treat jaundice: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1501074

2. Text messaging: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2442937

Good Stuff

Music Credits (Creative Commons)

In your Robotic Heart – Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/in-your-robotic-heart

Drive – Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/drive-fresh-upbeat-pop-background-music

Swingin’ Jazz – Nicolai Heidlas ‎https://m.soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/jazz-blues-background-music

All tracks have been modified for the purposes of this podcast.

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