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Artificial Placenta Replicates Womb for Extremely Premature Infants

Keeping extremely premature babies alive is understandably difficult. Modern neonatal intensive care technology simply doesn’t replicate the womb, essentially working to help the child survive on its own. Researchers at University of Michigan’s C.S. Show More Summary

Samsung’s Idea to Link Parents with Preemies

Samsung is working on a system that the firm hopes will help connect parents with their premature infant children and potentially improve developmental outcomes. In a way it is a speakerphone that would be installed inside the incubator and linked to a parent’s smartphone. Show More Summary

Electrical Stimulation: Medgadget Hangout with Joel Behnke of Bioness

Almost everything within our bodies is controlled or somehow influenced by electricity, so it should be possible to benefit patients with a variety of conditions by manipulating related electrical signals and systems through stimulation. Show More Summary

StrataMR, an MRI-safe Shunt System for Hydrocephalus Cleared by FDA

Medtronic‘s new StrataMR valves and shunts, used to manage hydrocephalus and cerebrospinal fluid disorders, received FDA clearance. The devices are designed to continue normal operation while the patient is inside an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, as long as certain labelled instructions are followed. Show More Summary

Residents should pay it forward to medical students

Dear future self, Remember that day on surgery you stepped into the OR for the first time? How you had no idea you were supposed to pull your own gloves for the scrub nurse from the supplies cabinet, or that you needed to stand an arm’s length away from the equipment table to avoid breaking […]

Why Digital Health Growth Will Come From Clinically-Tested, Consumer-Facing, Interoperable Products

Editor’s Note: Ingrid Oakley-Girvan, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an epidemiologist trained at Stanford.  She is the VP of Strategy at Medable, a Palo Alto-based health platform start-up. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)...Show More Summary

How Fracking Funds the Radical Right

Harold Hamm, as Gary Sernovitz describes him in The Green and the Black, is a quintessential rags-to-riches American success story. The “shack-raised Hamm ‘talked like a hick’” and also repaired cars and pumped gas before becoming an Oklahoma oilman, with decades of successes and failures that amounted to a fairly unextraordinary career. Show More Summary

All That Was Left of Them

This is the fifteenth year of the War on Terror, which began with the ill-advised American invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001—an improbable response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon by a group of overwhelmingly Saudi jihadists (albeit trained by Al Qaeda). Show More Summary

How Literature Became Word Perfect

“As if being 1984 weren’t enough.” Thomas Pynchon, writing in The New York Times Book Review, marked the unnerving year with an honest question about seemingly dystopian technology: “Is It OK to Be a Luddite?” The Association of American Publishers records that by 1984, between 40 and 50 percent of American authors were using word processors. Show More Summary

Pharmaceutical Pricing Boot Camp

10th Annual “Big Four” Pharmaceutical Pricing Boot CampMay 23-25, 2016 | The Carlton Hotel | New York, NY Conference Institute’s 10th Annual “Big Four” Pharmaceutical Pricing Boot...Show More Summary

Brugada syndrome: the essentials

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Quality is another word for absolute control

Like an anthem, a holy grail, the word appears in every journal, every proposal, and every health strategic plan. “Quality.” We say, read and hear it so often we are developing quality fatigue. Like iterative hackneyed phrases such as “out-of-the-box”, “deep-dive” and perhaps even “personalized medicine,” quality has begun to feel like water torture and […]

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 2nd May, 2016.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require...Show More Summary

Why we should welcome questions from our patients

I was talking with a few friends not long ago.  Our conversation somehow got to the issue of authority, and what exactly respect for authority looks like.  One of them, trying to make a point, turned to me and asked: “So you surely deal with people who don’t listen to what you have to say.  […]

Tips for clinician educators – practice your talks

This week I will give a talk on acid base and electrolyte disorders.  I teach these subjects regularly, yet designing this talk has challenged my skills.  My problem is the curse of knowledge. The problem is that once we know something—say, the melody of a song—we find it hard to imagine not knowing it. Our […]

A geriatric patient with questions her doctor never heard before

My longtime patient Brenda let the top of her exam gown drop to her waist, stepped down off the exam table and turned to look at herself in the mirror. As I watched, she cupped her seventy-eight-year-old breasts in her palms and unceremoniously hoisted them up to where they’d probably resided when she was in […]

You’ll never guess who my most important patient is

My most important patient requires my constant diligence. For this reason, I am seldom far away from him. Only a few minutes inattention and there will be problems. I cannot forget my patient; I am trained to attend to him constantly. I am a professional, and my patient is, ultimately, my customer and the customer’s […]

Bacterial translocation peri cardiac arrest

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Midlife crisis may be a myth, but midlife purpose is real

When he turned 45, Mitch Alsup bought a red Corvette. Mitch is a quick-talking guy with dirty blonde hair and a short, trim physique. He has a ready smile and is willing to share his story. “As a kid, I use to go down to the Chevrolet dealership and sit in a Corvette,” he recalls. […]

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