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After prostate cancer treatment: What about intimacy for men?

I had just started the sexual health clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) when I was approached to meet with a group of prostate cancer survivors. I was hesitant at first — my interests were in female cancer survivors who had experienced sexual dysfunction. This was partly because I had assumed men had an easier […]

Top stories in health and medicine, December 16, 2014

From MedPage Today: Painful Hands, Hurting Hearts? Symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hands was associated with an elevated risk for coronary heart disease events, analysis of data from the Framingham Heart Study showed. Can Social...Show More Summary

My New Book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, is For Free as an E-Book Now!

Download the Kindle version of my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, for free between the 16th and 18th of December! It has already made it to the top 100 overall Kindles on Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download and read it online at I cannot wait […]

It Seems All Governments Just Don’t Want To See If Their Health IT Is Working. Why I Wonder?

This appeared a little while ago.NSW Ambulance losing revenue from billing system issues: AuditorBy Allie Coyne on Dec 9, 2014 1:24 PMeHealth NSW also chastised in new report.…..eHealth NSW also came under the auditor's fire for having half of its IT projects running behind time and for failing to review completed projects. Show More Summary

Why hospitals have to dramatically change their missions

I think I will become a neurosurgeon. Tomorrow. It shouldn’t be too hard, right? I’m a breast cancer surgeon, and that is kind of like being a neurosurgeon, isn’t it? I wear scrubs and know how to tie knots really well. OK, maybe I don’t know much about the brain, and the last time I […]

NovaShield Injectable Nasal Packing and Stent for Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Medtronic just released its new NovaShield Injectable Nasal Packing and Stent for functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). The product is made from chitosan, a polysaccharide derived from the shells of crustaceans, and is in the form of an injectable gel. Show More Summary

How to introduce palliative care to patients

Did I tell you that I was a big fan of palliative care? Palliative care started around 15 years ago at the VA where I worked. We saw the service evolve. We saw how the palliative care approach improved the quality of both life and death. Many physicians have not yet accepted or at least […]

Cells In Disguise

This is a good read for anyone who's depending on cell assays to tell them something useful. Longtime cell biologists will know that there have been several upheavals over the years about misidentified or contaminated cell lines. HeLa...Show More Summary

The conflicting feelings a new intern has for a patient

Mr. B shook my hand as the paramedics got the stretcher ready to send him to a nursing home. His firm grip punctuated the end of a long hospitalization, which had been characterized by several decisions to leave the hospital against medical advice into extremely unsafe situations, leading into complex capacity evaluation decisions. Continue reading […]

Durabook P24 Review: A Solid All-In-One Clinical Computer

Clinical computers are still traditional PCs connected to separate monitors. All-in-one computers, like the Durabook P24 from GammaTech Computer Corporation reviewed here, combine a fully capable computer within the back of a large high...Show More Summary

Biopsy-Free Cervical Cancer Detection Tool In The Works

Researchers from Central South University in China have now shown that cervical cancer may be spotted using a photoacoustic technique that analyzes the screened tissue in-depth and doesn’t involve a nowadays standard biopsy. Photoacoustics...Show More Summary

Witness to a patient, losing her life in front of us

She arrived by ambulance in the middle of the night, awake, alert, and bleeding like crazy. We’d gotten a call earlier in the evening that she was on her way from a small hospital about forty miles to the north. We were the big city hospital, and an attending physician had agreed to have her […]

Biotech Entrepreneur Tony Coles Takes Aim At Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s

Tony Coles, the chief executive who sold Onyx Pharmaceuticals to for $10.4 billion in 2013, is starting a new company that will use yeast to try and discover new treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.) The new startup, Yumanity, will be based in Cambridge, Mass., and […]

Researchers Replace Sheep Meniscus with 3D-Printed Implant (VIDEO)

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have shown that a 3D printed implant might one day be used to treat torn menisci in the knee. Currently, there is no effective treatment for torn menisci except for completely removing them, which greatly increases the subsequent risk of developing osteoarthritis. Show More Summary

Direct primary care: Setting the record straight

Since starting a direct primary care (DPC) practice nearly three years ago, I’ve become accustomed to skepticism and even the occasional criticism. Given the status quo, I understand it’s difficult for some to envision a model that could be better for family physicians and our patients than traditional fee-for-service practice. Continue reading... Your patients […]

Second annual Healthcare IT Marketing Conference (HITMC)

John Lynn, prolific blogger and health IT media magnate, and I are teaming up again for the second year to produce and deliver a marketing conference focused on helping digital health, health IT, and medical device  innovators. We’re going to be providing actionable advice and specific techniques you can use to cut through the noise when trying […]

Our Disorganized Piles of Chemical Information

Here's a good look (by an all-star cast of authors) at the availability of pharmaceutical chemistry data in accessible databases. There are several points made. For one, there is far more publicly available information than ever before, and its total looks to outstrip the proprietary databases (such as CAS/SciFinder). Show More Summary

Government Drug Pricing Forum

Government Drug Pricing ForumFebruary 11-13, 2015Embassy Suites Washington DC Convention Center, Washington. DCWith the increase in complexity of government pricing and contracting, the Conference Forum is no longer holding its Medicaid Rebate Summit. Show More Summary

Top 5 Wearable Trackers And Handheld Devices Measuring How And What You Eat

For years, I’ve been measuring plenty of health parameters and vital signs about myself to make sure I truly live a healthly life but tracking what I eat and my eating habits has been a real problem. Although, I have been using a few trackers and have had a chance to try or see some […]

Non cardiac surgery after PCI

This is one of the most vexing perioperative issues for hospitalists and was the topic of a recent review article in the American Journal of Cardiology. Surgery post PCI is a difficult situation because it is the interface of two pro-thrombotic...Show More Summary

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