Smart walking sticks and body worn sensors that detect nearby objects have been tried in the past to help visually impaired people avoid hitting obstacles. Yet, the technology tended to be more annoying than helpful, beeping anytime anything was near. Show More Summary
There comes a time when the pundits defending the status quo in the healthcare information technology sector and health IT utopianism simply need to be thoroughly and definitively refuted.This is such a time:Let's start with the title...Show More Summary
Does the profession of medicine favor certain personality types over others? When I was younger, it seemed like all of my doctors were gregarious, self-confident, and humorous, leaving me to wonder if one can “make it” in medicine without being outgoing. This seemed a natural consequence of the fact that so much of medicine is […]
The White House has released a detailed blueprint for combating the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, but consumer advocates say the plan lacks specifics for reducing usage in food-producing animals, which contributes significantly to the problem.
Google is partnering with Ethicon, a medical device company within Johnson & Johnson to create an innovative robotic-assisted surgical platform with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room. Under the strategic...Show More Summary
There’s a Time post making the rounds today: A journalist from Canal+, the French premium cable station, asks a man identified as a lobbyist to drink some RoundUp, or glyphosate, a commonly used weed-killer. As Newsweek reports, the man, Patrick Moore, is not a Monsanto lobbyist but an environmentalist who is a proponent of genetically modified […]
When a fetus has a complete heart block, pacemakers can be implanted after birth, but this sometimes can be too late and typically involves further waiting for the child to reach a safe weight for the procedure. Attempts to implant pacemakers...Show More Summary
As the Affordable Care Act continues to impact millions of Americans through its second year of implementation, many things have become clear to both patients and health care providers alike: nothing is as it seems. While the ACA has provided health care to millions of previously uninsured Americans, it has also robbed many patients of […]
The CMS and ONC NPRMs Micky Tripathy and John Halamka for Life as a Healthcare CIO “One of the more balanced views of the proposed MU3 regs from those that know the inside of regulation sausage making; and the outside, … Read more ›
The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich, England has been using a nanopore-sensing technology called the MinION, a product introduced by Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd, a U.K.-based startup company. The research team plans toShow More Summary
The following article is satire. In the first application of a new “reverse AMA” system put into place to improve patient satisfaction, a patient was admitted to the hospital for the first time against the wishes of her treating ED physician. Constance Dolor, a 37-year-old morbidly obese patient with chronic unexplained pain and a frequent […]
It came out of nowhere. One of those life lessons that I didn’t know I needed to learn. Until I did. There I was, at a weekend business retreat, hobnobbing with a group of women executives. Feeling only slightly out of my element. Trying to blend in. There was a break in the meeting. And […]
Amidoc wrote this comment: Thank you for sharing this with us. How about focus on teaching how to avoid clinical errors during medical school and residency? I am sure someone smart can come up with a curriculum and the apply it in real life. Yesterday I gave Grand Rounds at my alma mater – the […]
Behind every doctor is a little boy or girl who once watched helplessly. Maybe it was her father or grandfather who suffered under the weight of a disease that was deemed all but incurable. Perhaps her own skin was battered and bruised by the repeated trauma of an unrelenting tourniquet. She swore that when (if) […]
In a new report, the World Health Organization is urging European countries to share information about the cost-effectiveness of drugs, and also consider off-label use of medicines, as a way to combat budgetary pressures from rising drug prices.
More states are passing 'right to try' laws to widen access to experimental medicines for people facing life-threatening illnesses, but experts say the laws do not accomplish the goal, while advocates say the laws may spur Congress to act.
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And so, yet another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? After all, it has been a rather busy week. Now, though, we get to dream about weekend plans. Once again, the agenda is fairly modest. We expect to catch up on some reading, take a nap or three and possibly check in on the Pharmalot ancestors. Show More Summary
MIT's Bob Langer has another idea: he's looking to change the way that entire courses of treatment are dosed. What if an extended-release formulation, for an oral drug, was really extended release. Days, weeks? Instead of taking pills...Show More Summary
It was like magic, a vote was held in the House of Representatives on the Medicare "Doc Fix" and moments later, my inbox was filled with press releases from the American College of Cardiology and the AMA. A few seconds later, a somewhat...Show More Summary