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How to clean your Surface Pro 3 for home, hospital or clinic

Here on HealthBlog, I have unabashedly shared my enthusiasm for the Surface Pro 3. I first wrote about the device on May 29th in a post titled Just What the Doctor Ordered—Surface Pro 3. I wrote that article having spent literally just a few minutes...(read more)

The Future of Health and Medicine Book Giveaway Contest

You can win two books, a signed copy of ePatient 2015 (hardcover) and my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, by answering a very simple question.  Enter the contest here! Only 3 days left!

Feticide laws force birth and punish women

A 33-year-old woman in Indiana, Purvi Patel, presented to an emergency room with vaginal bleeding and when it was obvious that she had very recently delivered a baby the doctors on call notified the authorities. The body of her 28-week gestation infant was recovered. The pathologist believed the baby had taken a breath so Ms. Patel […]

Esaote MyLab 6 Compact Ultrasound Now in U.S. (VIDEO)

Esaote received FDA 510(k) clearance to bring its MyLab Six compact cart-based ultrasound system to the U.S. Promoted as a budget option, the ultrasound was designed for improved clinician ergonomics, especially while seated. The system is modular, allowing facilities to select which capabilities they need based on their clinical needs. Show More Summary

Clinical Trial Fraud

Bizarre news from Evotec - see what you make of this press release: Evotec AG was informed that US company Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. ("Hyperion") is terminating the development of DiaPep277(R) for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes. In...Show More Summary

Pain as a vital sign has contributed to the opioid epidemic

Contrary to what you may have heard, pain is not the fifth vital sign. It’s not a sign at all. Vital signs are the following: heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature. What do those four signs have in common? They can be measured. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. […]

Happy Birthday to your youngest

Another happy birthday, sweetie! Related posts: Happy Birthday USMC! SemperFi I post this every year, and I still enjoy... Happy Fathers’ Day, dad Thanks for not strangling me, even when I deserved it.... YARPP powered by AdBistro Powered by

Grinding Up Your Reactions

I'd seen various solventless reactions between solid-phase components over the years, but never tried one until now. And I have to say, I'm surprised and impressed. I can't quite say which literature reference I'm following, unfortunately,...Show More Summary

Peer Review, Up Close and Personal

Retraction Watch has a rare look behind the peer review curtain in the (now notorious) case of the STAP stem cell controversy. This was the publication that claimed that stem-like cells could be produced by simple acid treatment, and this work has since been shown to be fraudulent. Show More Summary

There is no concern for the discomfort of the patient

She was having excruciating pain in her pelvic area.  I pulled the sheets down cautiously and noted the bruising encircling the waist and inching towards the thighs.  I finished my exam and retreated to the nursing station of the skilled nursing facility to comb through the chart.  ER records, floor notes, consultations, but no x-ray […]

Medicine’s Manhattan Project: Can The World’s Richest Doctor Fix Health Care?

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is using a multibilliondollar war chest and massive amounts of data o fix health care and cure disease. His biggest enemy might be his own hype.

We physicians need a Ganesh attitude

Over the years, I have had the great fortune to learn about different cultures and religions. I have many colleagues and residents who are Hindu. They have taught me about Ganesh. For those of you who do not know about Ganesh, this paragraph gives a summary: In general terms, Ganesha is a much beloved and […]

What’s it like to be an oncologist? This is just one day.

7:00 a.m. Lights on.   Coffee, black and a banana. Paperwork.  27 patient visits, 3 emergencies, 35 phone calls.  Lots of computer time. Some laughs and a few tears. Paperwork.  Last family meeting.  Coffee, black.   In between: Thursday. Was not completely successful in explaining to my frantic patient with the multi-page lab printout, how the problem […]

Top stories in health and medicine, September 10, 2014

From MedPage Today: Bone Drugs Work; Effects and Risks Vary. Treatments for osteoporosis vary widely in terms of risk-benefit profile. Red Carpet Paves Way to Research $$$. Viewers of Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) fourth 1-hour live prime-time commercial-free program — telecast over more than 30 broadcast and cable networks Friday night — pledged more than […]

There Is An Important Lesson Here For The Management Of Private Health Information - Electronic Or On Paper.

This appeared a few days ago.Privacy breach in release of records to hostile ex-husband2nd Sep 2014Julie LambertA MAJOR Sydney hospital breached a patient’s privacy by giving her hostile ex-husband their children’s medical records containing...Show More Summary

The Apple Platform for Wellness Arrives

Today I’m sitting at the Flint Center in Cupertino where Steve Jobs introduced the first MacIntosh 30 years ago. Who can forget the iconic commercial “why 1984 won’t be like 1984”? It was the year I graduated from college and the year...Show More Summary

Doctors must speak like accountants

You have to think fast in medicine. Not that most doctors handle life and death emergencies all day long, but even seemingly mundane clinical situations require a lot of rapid gathering of data, processing of applicable information and attention to detail in formulating a plan. I have always been bemused by the so called E&M […]

3 Quick Thoughts on Apple Watch

As expected, Apple announced the latest addition to their product lineup, the AppleWatch. We will leave the hardcore dissection to others, but in watching the event (or trying to watch what was an absolutely awful livestream, complete with annoying Chinese … Read more ›

Interoperability of Electronic Health Data. Is it time to herd unicorns in a new direction?

While most of the Information Technology world was focused on Apple today (OK, even I had one monitor tuned to their live stream), those of us who pay most of our attention to the enterprise Health IT community were reading the latest news on such mundane...(read more)

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