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Tiny Eye Implant Automatically Regulates Intraocular Pressure

While measuring the intraocular pressure can help diagnose and track a number of health conditions (especially, glaucoma), there’s currently no existing method that can regulate the pressure within the eye. So while there are ways to...Show More Summary

Have you hugged your EMR lately?

Seeking to provide balanced discourse and to recognize marginalized voices at the gooey center of health care, I kindly ask that you find a seat in the Captain’s Room of the Hilltop Motor Lodge for the inaugural meeting of Physicians for the Liberty of the Electronic Health Record, where founder and president Dr. IM Klickhffor […]

Smart Mouthguard Detects, Prevents Grinding of Teeth

People who grind their teeth due to medications, psychological stress, or some other reason oftentimes don’t even know that they’re doing it. Engineers at the University of Florida have developed a smart mouth guard that can detect when...Show More Summary

Looking back on a life teaching CPR

“Turn out the light, the party’s over,” sang color commentator Dandy Don Meredith on ABC’s Monday Night Football when a seminal fourth quarter play occurred and the game was suddenly in the bag. For me, that’s where it’s at right now — just a few ticks of the clock away First, for the American Heart […]

Social Network for Doctors SERMO Expands to Canada’s 77,000 Physicians

SERMO, the leading social network for doctors with more than 340,000 members across the US and UK, announced its latest international expansion, opening its doors to Canada’s 77,000 physicians. The Canadian expansion follows SERMO’s international UK launch in April. SERMO is well on its way to becoming the largest global medical social network exclusively for... Read More

No MUwithoutMe: Here’s What Happened When I Requested My Medical Records

By CINDY NAYER As an innovator, restless entrepreneur, and national award winner for consumer engagement, I was intrigued with the stories I was reading about accessing the patient portal for data, basically the looking glass into “my data.” For those who are not familiar with health data, here’s a quick history. As part of the

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s SCOTUS!!

By SAURABH JHA, MD In a 6:3 decision, SCOTUS rescued Obamacare once again. Obamacare, untouched by Donald Trump and the Anti-Death Panelists, was almost brought to its knees by a single word; a lowly, miserable, reclusive preposition – “by”. A brief summary. Obamacare helps low income families buy health insurance through subsidies doled out by

UCLA Clinicians 3D Print Heart Models to Prepare for Transcatheter Valve Replacements (VIDEO)

Patients receiving transcatheter cardiac valve replacements tend to be more fragile than those getting open heart surgery. It is particularly important to place artificial valves accurately the first time to achieve optimal hemodynamic...Show More Summary

Statin-associated autoimmune necrotizing myopathy

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } This recently emerging entity is the opic of a review in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. Some points of interest: The principal cause is autoantibody to HMG coenzyme A reductase, the site of action of statins. Unlike other statin associated myopathies it does not resolve with stopping the drug and requires

Novo Nordisk Halts Sale of Tresiba Insulin in Germany Over Pricing Dispute

Novo Nordisk has decided to halt sales of its Tresiba insulin in Germany following a dispute with the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds.

How a decision aid reduced men’s interest in PSA screening

Recent clinical practice guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend against PSA screening for men of all ages, while other guideline groups, including the American Urological Association (AUA)...Show More Summary

Free Data, Wishful Thinking

Is the #dataindependenceday and #freemydata movement in healthcare actually going to amount to anything? Read more ›

Pharmalot.. Pharmalittle.. Good Morning: We’re Catching up on Glaxo, Research Fraud and Lots More!!

And so, another working week will soon draw to a close, at least on this side of the pond, where a holiday is just around the corner. As a result, we are getting an earlier-than-usual opportunity to daydream about weekend plans. Hooray!...Show More Summary

A physician completes residency: Here’s her advice for new physicians

If you had asked me 15 years ago what I wanted to be when I “grow up,” a doctor was definitely not a thought in my mind. I wasn’t bred at a young age to become a physician by the ancestors that walked before me, nor did I desire to go through that much schooling […]

The End Result of Faked Results

Oh, man. Here's another example of an old, sad story - just a little fakery at the beginning, and here's what it leads to: Government prosecutors said (Dong-Pyou) Han's misconduct dates to 2008 when he worked at Case Western ReserveShow More Summary

Alzheimer's Disposes of Another Idea

In case you were wondering, you can add "MAO-B inhibition" to the long, long list of Things That Don't Do Any Good For Alzheimer's. I'm not sure how much hope anyone had for that program (at either Roche or Evotec), but the potential payoff is so huge that a lot of marginal ideas get tried. At least this was in Phase II, and not Phase III; there's always that...

Chris Viehbacher's Two Billion Dollars

Chris Viehbacher, ex-Sanofi, has reappeared at a $2 billion dollar biotech fund. Viehbacher is clear, though, that Gurnet will be founding companies as well as looking outside the red-hot fields like oncology. To find value these days, you have to look outside of the trendiest fields, he says. Show More Summary

Dose recommendations for extended half-life hemophilia factor products fall short

We, like many in the hemophilia community, were excited to see extended half-life (EHL) factor VIII and IX products start coming to market over the last few months. These products — and expected future products — promise equivalent or greater prophylactic bleeding control with fewer infusions, and so could greatly enhance patients’ quality of life. […]

Another example of a “non-STEMI” that needed to go to the cath lab

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } Via Dr. Smith's ECG blog. Increased T wave amplitude was the only finding on the initial ECG and highlights the rule of proportionality.

A New Wearable For Water Safety

A new wearable is seeking crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Kingii is meant to help people who get in trouble in water and provide a sign that can be seen from a distance. It inflates, stays like that for 48 hours, has a compass and a whistle. I don’t think it’s a bad idea. Let’s see how it […]

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