We AdVANCE – Portuguese

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Re-blogging a very interesting article: “Pokémon Go for Better Health?”



Unless you have been really out of touch, the US and Canada plus much of the world is engaged in a full-out Pokémon hunt. From Squirtle to Doduo to the elusive Pikachu, the search is on!

Once you see the crowds out in public, digital device in hand, walking together and talking together, enjoying themselves while playing/engaging the digital game (tool), you pause to consider the implications.

#DigitalHealth and the many personal health tools from fitness trackers to BP monitors to telehealth applications have met with mixed results. One major gap is seeing full penetration into the population coupled with an acceptable level of true use/engagement with the products. What good is the awesome #DigitalHealth technology when adoption is far from ideal? Issues such as socioeconomic reasons for low/no access rise to the surface even as we wonder, “We are building it, will they come?”

Recent news is already full…

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Blog turns 2 years old!

Dr. Tavares’ Blog on Patient Safety and Mental Health turns 2 years old.
Number of posts: 47
Views: 4,019
Visitors: 1,920
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Re-blogging: “Why your GP is so cost-effective”

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Why your GP is so cost-effective

I came across this joke on the GPDU Facebook site. It was posted by a colleague. He pointed out that the scenario is very applicable to general practice. Indeed, it nicely illustrates the cost benefits of a good doctor who can often make a diagnosis without many expensive tests…

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said: “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”

The distressed woman wailed: “Are you sure?”

“Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet.

“How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the…

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Re-blogging: “What Teenage Patients — and Their Parents — Want from Their Care Team”

Great article from Dr. Peter Pronovost: very empathetic to the perspectives of our teenage patients.


Article: What Teenage Patients — and Their Parents — Want from Their Care Team

Um curso fantástico: “Curso Internacional Qualidade em Saúde e Segurança do Paciente”

Eu tive a chance de cursar a primeira edição do curso internacional de segurança de paciente e qualidade, curso oferecido pela Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Esperava curso muito bom, mas o curso foi fantástico! O entusiasmo dos nossos tutores, coordenadores de curso e colegas me manteve muito interessado no curso até o final. Recomendo o curso sem nenhuma reserva. Fiquei orgulhoso de ver nosso povo (portugueses organizadores do curso; alunos brasileiros, portugueses e angolanos) poder organizar curso tão fantástico.

O curso estava claramente estruturando e facilmente acessível eletronicamente. Embora os momentos presenciais não fossem obrigatórios, foram altamente proveitosos. Participei dos dois momentos presenciais. Nossos tutores e coordenadores do curso foram muito acolhedores. Já sinto falta das viagens a Lisboa.

Espero poder cursar outros cursos na ENSP no futuro.

Alexandre Tavares

Sobre a 2ª Edição do Curso Internacional Qualidade em Saúde e Segurança do Paciente::



List of Parenting Resources


List of Parenting Resources for my future patients and their parents at Grand River Hospital (GRH).

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Fish Oil and Mental Health

Important studies published over the last years about the likely benefits of eating diet rich in fish oil:

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Handout for Dr. Tavares´ presentation at the LDA 53rd Annual International Conference – Orlando, Florida USA

Stories with Impact and “Home Training Modules”

Stories with Impact:

1. Kindling a Passion for Literature
2. Ipod Nanos assist with wonders
3. Entrepreneurs with Dyslexia Hold Key to Economic Growth

4. Run, Jump, Learn! How Exercise can Transform our Schools

5. ESSA Academy

6. No Greatness Without Goodness
7. The FAT city project DVDs

“Home Training Modules”
For each “story with impact” there is one “home training module”.

Home Training Module 1:

Super Heroes Do Exist!

Read: Super Heroes Do Exist! How a Physician Came to Believe in Teachers who are True Super Heroes.

Home Training Module 2:

Speaking two languages at home is an advantage.
In this module, you will learn skills for teaching in empathetic manner with regards to the needs of foreign families; become an empathy hero with foreign families.

Activity 1:
Read: Scared Adults Run Away

Activity 2:
A. From your public library, borrow a children’s book in a foreign language you do not speak. The children’s book should have an audiotape / audio CD with the narration of the book.
B. Try to read the book (that is not in your native language) to a child, without the assistance of the audio CD.
C. Now listen to the story with the audiotape / audio CD.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Which way was more effective for you to read the story?
  • Which way you learned most?
  • Which way was more fun?
  • Which way would you like to read other books in a language you do not speak: With or without voice narration?
  • If you were a student, which way would you like to learn?

Activity 3:

Read Story: Bilingual speakers get dementia later in life, Canadian study finds By Steve Mertl

Read Story: Speaking a second language may delay dementia – BBC News

Home Training Module 3:

Children with learning disorders may actually be smarter than me.
Are learning disorders the result of a lack of motivation or a different brain structure and different thinking style? Do people choose to have myopia? Children do not choose to have learning disorders. Once children with learning disorders receive their “glasses”, they will want to learn; as every child or adult wants to see things clearly.

Activity 1:
Read Story: Press Release – Glasgow – 16th July 2012 – New Report: Entrepreneurs with Dyslexia Hold Key to Economic Growth

Activity 2:
Read Book: The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock L. Eide M.D. M.A. (Author), Fernette F. Eide M.D. (Author).

Activity 3:
Read Book: No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement by Randy Lewis (Author)

Activity 4:

A. Watch: Stress! The missing piece of the LD/ADHD puzzle. What to Know and What to DO!


B. Read book: Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It by Jerome J. Schultz (Author), Edward M. Hallowell (Foreword)
C. Read book: The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child’s Unique Learning Style Can Open The Door To Success by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide

Home Training Module 4:

Increased physical exercise can promote learning in children.

Activity 1:
Daily – watch the video: Run, Jump, Learn! How Exercise can Transform our Schools: John J. Ratey, MD at TEDx Manhattan Beach

Activity 2:
Read: Physical Activity to Enhance Learning and Mental Well-Being

Activity 3:
Read: Back to School Mental Health Essentials


Activity 4:
Read book: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey (Author) and Eric Hagerman (Contributor)

Home Training Module 5:

We should always focus on success. Look at the best in every child.

Activity 1:
Daily – watch the video: “Essa Academy – An ailing UK school makes an incredible transformation”

Activity 2:
Once per week – read: Super Heroes Do Exist! How a Physician Came to Believe in Teachers who are True Super Heroes.

Activity 3:
Once per year – read the book: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Home Training Module 6:

Amazing things happen when you believe in people´s strenghts.

Activity 1:

Watch: TEDx Talk: Why I hired a workforce no one else would | Randy Lewis | TEDxNaperville

 Activity 2:

Read book: No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement by Randy Lewis 

Home Training Module 7:

I will try my best to put myself in children’s shoes.

Once per year:

Watch DVD: The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-out Child

I will never know how it really feels to be in a child’s shoes. My feet are too big.

Once per year:

Watch DVDs:
A) How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop: Understanding Learning Disabilities
B) Beyond F.A.T. City: A Look Back, A Look Ahead

Additional blog posts on education from Dr. Alexandre Tavares:

1. Back to School Mental Health Essentials

2. Physical Activity to Enhance Learning and Mental Well-Being

3. Handout about text-to-speech technology

4. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

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