There's an interesting report from the Buchwald group using the Fujita "molecular sponge" crystallography technique. The last report on this was a correction, amid reports that the method was not as widely applicable as had been hoped,...Show More Summary
If you’re a practicing provider, chances are you still feel some anxiety about several issues related to the ICD-10 transition that are critical for maintaining the health of your practice. These probably include reimbursement, documentation workflows, potential audits, and claims denial. As a family medicine provider, what I hope to see develop is the opportunity [...]
The FDA recently approved Endo Pharmaceuticals' testosterone replacement therapy drug Aveed (testosterone undecanoate), "ignoring a petition submitted last week by a consumer group that claimed the agency should first conclude a safety...Show More Summary
Note the quotation marks. The various performance measures that pass for quality in today's health policy groupthink have little to do with real quality. I've been saying that for several years, pointing to unintended consequences and lack of demonstrable benefit. Show More Summary
On Twitter a while ago, a medical student asked me how surgical program directors select new residents. Then a discussion arose among some academic surgeons on the same topic. Someone suggested that medical school grades were the best way to tell whether an applicant would be a successful resident. The fact is that we aren’t [...]
From MedPage Today: Should Doc Groups Help Set Quality Measures? Physician groups are proud of a provision in recent legislation that repeals Medicare’s doctor payment formula which allows specialty societies to help set quality measures. Teens Likely to Get Opioid Rx for Headaches. Nearly half of teens who visit a doctor complaining of headache pain walk [...]
This appeared a little while ago.ECRI Cautions Hospitals About Tech HypeCheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2014 Independent research from the non-profit ECRI Institute aims to distinguish between must-have hospital technologies...Show More Summary
A steep rise in the number of patients who do not respond to antibiotic treatment risks causing a “national health threat”, NHS officials have warned. Experts say the explosion in the use of antibiotics in the Western world to treatShow More Summary
When it comes to high blood pressure treatment in the elderly, the plot continues to thicken. Last December, a minor controversy erupted when the JNC hypertension guidelines proposed a higher blood pressure (BP) treatment target (150/90) for adults aged 60+. And now this month, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that over 3 years, among a cohort of [...]
---often did not meet guideline recommendations in this study.
The 2014 running season is underway. March 1 – Point Bock Run April – still looking May 18 – Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. I have run the Green Bay half several times and ran my marathon PR in Green Bay in 2011. This year’s course is dramatically different than the 2011 course. June 14 – Bellin […]
A number of devices now exist that turn smartphones into medical monitors, but they tend to focus on specific vital signs and you’d have to carry a number of separate components to measure a variety of parameters. A new iPhone case called Wello from Azoi Inc. Show More Summary
Opioids are a family of pain medications chemically related to opium and heroin. They include morphine, fentanyl, codeine, hydromorphone and others. Opioids have unique properties that make them both indispensable for pain management and extremely dangerous. Unlike virtually any other family of medications, opioids have no maximum effective dose. If any dose, no matter how [...]
Here at Medgadget we long for the day when prosthetic devices are stronger, faster, and lighter than our real arms and legs. We can also imagine prostheses able to do things that simple humans cannot, such as arms rotating a screwdriver indefinitely in one direction and programmable legs that can autonomously walk you to your destination. Show More Summary
Implantable electrocardiac devices, being in charge of keeping people alive, necessarily require a lot of testing to avoid deadly malfunctions. Yet, while testing the computer code inside a pacemaker using traditional means can findShow More Summary
A grade-school English teacher of mine would write a little guide on the chalkboard at the beginning of our expository writing lessons: Say what you’re going to say; Say It; Say what you said Coming off another HIMSS, that lesson … Continue reading ?
Nurses working in busy ICUs or big clinical wards are known to suffer from “alarm fatigue” caused by monitoring devices regularly detecting disconnects, vitals out of range, etc etc. This can be pretty frustrating on the staff and can lead to patients with a more acute status being forgotten in favor of someone else’s minor issue. Show More Summary
A promising approach currently being studied in labs around the world for killing cancer cells involves delivering nanoparticles to tumors that can be made to heat up in the presence of an electromagnetic field. It takes only about a ten degree rise in a tumor cell’s temperature for it to die, while healthy cells tend to be more resilient to heat. Show More Summary
Here is is. It overlaps to some extent hospital medicine's list which I have commented on here.
On our recent road trip I was amazed by the number of billboards (from several health care systems and hospitals) advertising texting for emergency room (ER) wait times. My first thought was, “if you can text, how emergent is it?” This was quickly followed by the concern that the option/advertising of texting about wait times might make the [...]