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Physician goes first: A way to not interrupt patients

Much has been made about physicians’ tendencies to interrupt patients. Studies have shown that patients are permitted 12 to 18 seconds of talk time before they are redirected (or interrupted) by their doctor. This leads to patients feeling that the physician didn’t listen or didn’t care. I believe that there is a way to solve the problem without wasting […]

Online Tool from Johns Hopkins Visualizes Ebola’s Proteins to Help Find Cure

Researchers around the world are understandably working in haste to come up with a treatment for the Ebola infection. To help with that goal, a team of scientists at Johns Hopkins University just unveiled a free online tool that helps...Show More Summary

Robotic Walker for Improved Rehabilitation

Assistant Professor Yu Haoyong and his team from the National University of Singapore have created a robotic walker to assist physiotherapists. This newly designed device promises not only to improve the quality but also the productivity...Show More Summary

CMS extends 2014 MU hospital attestation until end of year

Just days before the clock was to run out on hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals, hoping to attest to Meaningful Use of EHRs for 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has pushed back the attestation deadline by a month, until Dec. Show More Summary

We need to start skin cancer prevention with our children

The numbers about skin cancer incidence and costs in the United States are worse than anyone expected. That’s the message that comes from a report published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on research from the Centers...Show More Summary

Grayhill 17 Megapixel Touch Panels for Medical Applications

Grayhll (La Grange, IL), a company that makes all sorts of human interface devices, is releasing new high resolution touch panels for medical applications. The screens are able to track up to ten fingers at 4,096 x 4,096 (17 megapixel) accuracy. Show More Summary

When the art of medicine gets lost in the business

Andy was new to me. He told me he had seen several doctors over the past few years for various pains in his right arm. Some months ago, he had right shoulder pain that went away on its own, but for the past few weeks, he had pain in the middle of his upper arm. […]

Try Some Reactions. Actually, Try Them All.

Here's a really nice example of high-throughput reaction discovery/condition scouting from a team at Merck. They certainly state the problem correctly: Modern organic synthesis and especially transition metal catalysis is redefiningShow More Summary

Pharma Mobile Ad Spend in 2014

I try to keep track of how money the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spends on digital advertising to see if there are any trends. Of particular interest to me these days is mobile advertising. Below is some data from eMarketer. eMarketer...Show More Summary

Reporting physician quality: The dangerous game the government plays

We have heard ad nauseum that the data collection mandated by Medicare and Medicaid is to improve quality of care. Significant taxpayer dollars have been expended as bonuses in the name of PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System). With all this investment and mandating, one would assume that the PQRS must be highly indicative of better quality of patient care, right? […]

What a messy house has to do with medicine today

I spent this past week worrying that my in-laws were going to divorce me. For sure. No getting out of it this time. I do not keep a neat house. There are piles everywhere. Piles of books. Piles of papers. Piles of clean-but-unfolded laundry. Piles of mail. Piles of music. Piles (believe it or not) […]

Top stories in health and medicine, November 25, 2014

From MedPage Today: FDA Advisers Tackle Epidural Steroid Shots. An FDA advisory committee is meeting Monday and Tuesday to discuss adverse neurologic effects following the use of epidural steroid injections for pain management. FDA Stiffens Warning on Power Morcellators. Show More Summary

Telstra Buys Into The Aged Care Health IT Space Takes Out A Key Player. Times They Are Changing.

This appeared this week:Aged care providers want scale in vendors tooBy Natasha Egan on November 21, 2014 in Industry, Technology Just as Australian aged care providers are undertaking mergers and acquisitions to achieve economies of...Show More Summary

Walking for Exercise: Calculating Calories Burned Walking

Walking is an incredibly effective way to burn calories and get rid of unwanted fat, as well as being a fun pastime. With each step you take, you increase your heart rate and increase the amount of calories being burned. However, for...Show More Summary

Ezekiel Emanuel’s wrong ethical view of aging

Ezekiel Emanuel wrote an article for the Atlantic on “Why I Hope to Die at 75: An argument that society and families — and you — will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly.”  As an oncologist and ethicist, he says he speaks for himself but implies not so subtlety that avoiding […]

Public Relations and the Obfuscation of Management Errors - Texas Health Resources Dodges its Ebola Questions

Our last posts about how revenue focused, generically managed US health care (non) system would have difficulty handling the threat of the Ebola virus were in mid-October, 2014. Yet since then we have learned little about what went wrong...Show More Summary

Clinical Trial of Bone Marrow-Derived Endothelial Progenitor Cells for Cardiac Repair: Positive Initial Data

The global health and economic impact of cardiovascular disease, specifically heart attacks, is tremendous. Patient prognosis following a major heart attack, including progressive heart failure, repeat heart attacks, arrhythmias, and mortality, depends on the damage sustained to the heart. Show More Summary

FDA Clears BrainScope’s Ahead 100 EEG Brain Injury Assessment System

BrainScope, a company out of Bethesda, Maryland, received FDA de novo clearance for its Ahead 100 EEG-based system for identifying patients who should get a CT scan of the brain following an injury to the head. The device is not intended...Show More Summary

When physicians need backup during a routine procedure

A few days before I wrote this, a patient had a complication in my office. I have discussed previously the distinction between a complication, which is a blameless event, and a negligent act. In my experience, most lawsuits are initiated against complications or adverse medical outcomes, neither of which are the result of medical negligence. This […]

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