Personally, I find nothing more stimulating than a brainiac on stage talking about their field of study. And apparently I'm not alone: TED Talks are wildly popular.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and is the acronym for a non-profit featuring "ideas worth spreading." With more than 1,400 TED talks to view, odds are in your favor that you'll find one that connects with you. Trust me, it's not difficult to do.

I recently came across this thought-provoking article in Medical Economics that highlighted seven Ted Talks tied together by the future of medicine. Staying abreast of current discussions from brilliant medical minds is a free and fascinating opportunity available to all of us — and especially relevant to those of us dealing with chronic disease like diabetes.

My favorite TED Talk from this grouping was by Dr. Verghese. You may recognize his name as he is not only a physician, but also a best-selling author.

Dr. Verghese eloquently points out the inherent dangers of modern medicine, namely the extinction of the most powerful tool in medicine: the human touch. With over a million views, this Ted Talk is one to watch.