04/11/2012 10:02 am ET Updated Apr 11, 2012

TEDMED 2012 Liveblog

From April 10 to 13, Healthy Living editors join some of the most creative and innovative minds in the health and medical field for TEDMED 2012 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

We invite you to follow us as we live blog from the event this week, highlighting some of the most forward-thinking ideas and original, passionate speakers.

You can also follow our tweets @healthyliving

04/13/2012 12:13 PM EDT

"Maybe chronic diseases are social diseases." -- Mark Hyman, M.D. Let's fix this problem together.

A great way to wrap up TEDMED 2012.

04/13/2012 12:05 PM EDT

@ pfanderson :

Sociogenomics. Diabesity. All these great new words. #tedmed "Eat your colors" :) "Upgrade yr biological software with it" #tedmed

04/13/2012 12:04 PM EDT

@ LaylaMcCay :

You're more likely to be obese if your friend's obese than if your mum's obese - Hyman proposes we need to address 'sociogenomics' #TEDMED

04/13/2012 11:55 AM EDT

HuffPost blogger and medical review board member Mark Hyman, M.D., founder of The UltraWellness Center, just took the stage.

We've been really looking forward to his talk!

"Most chronic disease is very often a social disease and not just a problem of biology," he just said. "The genetic threads that connect us may be less important than our social threads."

"We know now that food is not just calories, it's information," he continues. "We ate ourselves into this problem and we've got to eat ourselves out of it."

04/13/2012 11:39 AM EDT

@ kTraphagen :

Saxon: Wearable sensors that can stream data to a smartphone are more ways for patient care. Gaming for medicine! #TEDMED

04/13/2012 11:38 AM EDT

@ sandraupson :

Patients gaining access to their data is "one of the civil rights issues of our era." - Leslie Saxon, #TEDMED

04/13/2012 11:36 AM EDT

"There's not a Facebook of medicine," Leslie Saxon, executive director and founder of the USC center for body computing just told us.

04/13/2012 11:32 AM EDT

@ spf2juva :

#TEDMED there no biomarker measures in psych. We might be surprised when we learn they are systemic diseases

04/13/2012 11:28 AM EDT

"Psychiatry is in dire need of objective diagnostic markers," Jay Lombard, chief scientific officer of Genomind, just told the audience at TEDMED. We all know someone affected by a psychological or psychiatric problems, but, "the reality is we still understand very little about them."

The key, Lombard says, is to move away from the idea of seeing our minds and bodies as separate entities.

04/13/2012 10:30 AM EDT

@ jacthong :

Kids will soon be launching biotech companies from their dorm rooms like they have with software... Atul Butte #TEDMED