Which Grasses Aggravate My Allergies?
Thomas Blomseth Christiansen
Thomas Christiansen's allergies are aggravated when he runs during grass pollen season. For this project he used a GoPro to document passing vegetation and a device to record his sneezes in order to pinpoint which plants activated his nose.
Tracking my Son's Diabetes
Vivienne Ming is an accomplished neuroscientist and an entrepreneur. When she’s not conducting research or working on new ideas she’s busy taking care of her son, Felix. Two years ago Felix was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Vivienne and her partner tackled his diagnosis head on and started tracking everything they could. In this talk, Vivienne learns through tracking her son's heart rate and blood sugar constantly that stress is a factor of his blood sugar level peaks. She explains what they’re learning together about tracking her son's diabetes.
Experiments In Treating My Crohn's Disease
Four years ago, Ari Meisel was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. After a couple years of intense pain, sixteen pills a day, and another visit to the hospital, he decided to take control of his pain. So he started to track everything and eventually cured himself of Crohn's disease by experimenting with some unusual supplements, nutrition and fitness regimens. In this talk, Ari discusses what he learned from his experiment and shares his tracking regimen.
We Are Not Waiting
Dana Lewis became a reluctant self-tracker at the age of 14 when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Dana and her partner Scott Leibrand have been developing a DIY artificial pancreas that is built on top of the data flows from Dana’s continuous glucose monitor. In this talk, she describes the role that access to data plays in their DIY pancreas, with immediate and profoundly positive effects on her life. She also explains why she's constantly pushing for patients to stop waiting for solutions and go the DIY route.
Balancing Neurotransmitters In Neurological Illness
Sara Riggare had her first symptoms of Parkinson's in 1984 when she was only 13 years old. In this video, she talks about the medications that helps her to move, think, and function. In this video, she shares how she keeps up with her progressive neurological illness by tweaking and re-tweaking her medications through tracking, so she doesn't have to take the generic prescription. The medications are essential to live her life, but she has learned that the dosing can be modified to allow her to still feel like herself.
Using Self-Tracking to Hack Musculoskeletal Pain
Bryan Ausinheiler is a doctor of physical therapy, a personal trainer and a bike fitter who has a clinic in Oakland. The clinic is focused on data driven assessment and treatment and accurate measurement as well as wearables and self-tracking. In this talk, he shares his experience as a patient and physical therapist using a specially formatted tracking journal (the "hypochondriac's diary") to reduce the uncertainty about causes and test interventions.
My Spreadsheet from Hell
Katie McCurdy is a patient and user experience designer and also lives with myasthenia gravis & Sjögren's syndrome. These autoimmune conditions cause involuntarily muscle-weakness to her face, dry eyes, and stomach and joint problems. Because of her conditions, many different things impact how she feels from stress to caffeine, to lack of sleep or whether she has been drinking. In this talk, she discusses the massive spreadsheet she created and also shares what she learned from 18 months of tracking various aspects of her health.
Tracking After A Stroke: Doctors, Dogs, And All The Rest
Andreas Schreiber is a scientist at German Space Agency, where he travels a lot, attends a lot of conferences all over the world and has a lot of stress which led him to a stroke in 2009. After his stroke, he started tracking his vital signs, sleep and weight. In this talk, he discusses what he did, his various tracking and other activities that help him stay healthy.
Celiac Discovery: Regaining My Health and Well-Being
At 25 years old, Katrina was overweight and at risk for Type 2 diabetes. She has dietary restrictions for a long time and even started running and did yoga, but she was still very sick. In the talk, she discusses about how she regained her health, as well, as her well-being.