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Ebola: We suffer from unrealistic expectations

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there. Where most it promises. - Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well It may seem a strange thing to say, but I believe the U.S. suffers from unrealistic expectations. We expect government, health, and hospital officials to get things right the first time around. This is unrealistic. People, and […]

Facebook “likes” and hospital mortality rates

Findings in a recent study: With the growth of Facebook, public health researchers are exploring the platform's uses in health care. However, little research has examined the relationship between Facebook and traditional hospital quality measures. Show More Summary

At Least One Blogger Suggests The Expert Vibes Are Suggesting It Is Time To Call Time On The PCEHR.

This post from Dr Edwin Kruys appeared last week.The Australian PCEHR: Success or failure?24/10/2014 Edwin Kruys Call me naive, but I was hoping that somewhere in Australia IT-people would be working day and night to fix the PCEHR, based on the abundant feedback from doctors and consumers. Show More Summary

Top stories in health and medicine, October 28, 2014

From MedPage Today: Genes Confirm LDL Causes Aortic Stenosis. High LDL cholesterol appears to cause aortic stenosis, even though lipid-lowering trials in established valve disease haven’t worked. Genetic Tests Dominate Thyroid Meeting. Show More Summary

Was Asked For A Few Points On NEHTA For The Review Being Done For Victorian Government. Here Is What I Said.

The terms of reference for the short review were: Terms of Reference are: · review and assess the extent to which NEHTA delivers for Victoria on its intended objectives as documented in relevant national agreements, strategies and agendas; ·...Show More Summary

Ebola and the psychology of contagious disease

A month ago I published a post predicting that paramedics, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians would be exposed to patients with Ebola and have difficulty picking out these patients from the many other patients who present to the ED with similar symptoms. In light of the events in Dallas, Texas, this seems prophetic, but it is really […]

Doctors discuss why “clinical grade” matters when selecting a tablet computer

As a physician with 20 years of patient care behind me, I know all too well how important mobility is to clinical workflow. Whether healthcare professionals are working in the hospital, clinic, ancillary care facility or elsewhere, they are always on...(read more)

American College of Physicians Expresses Concern About Mandatory Quarantines of Clinicians Involved in Care of Ebola Patients

Attributable to: Robert M. Centor, MD, MACP Chair, Board of Regents,  American College of Physicians (ACP)   The American College of Physicians is strongly concerned about the approach being taken by some state health departments toShow More Summary

TactiCath Quartz Contact Force Ablation Catheter (VIDEO)

The FDA has given St. Jude Medical approval to introduce its TactiCath Quartz ablation catheter to the U.S. market. The device provides live contact pressure information during cardiac ablation procedures when treating atrial fibrillation (AF). Show More Summary

Cardiac Transcatheter Valve Delivered to Infant’s Heart via Liver

Transcatheter cardiac valve replacement has already allowed thousands of otherwise ineligible people to receive a life saving replacement valve, but for particularly young patients delivering a valve is still a challenge since the vasculature is too small to support intravascular catheters. Show More Summary

What can be said about the Generation Y physician?

Tech-savvy.  Attention-craving.  Lazy, good-for-nothings. These are a few of the many traits that have been commonly bestowed upon those born around the last two decades of the 20th century.  Commonly known as Generation Y, this demographical cohort of 20- to 30-somethings has certainly sparked mixed reviews from its Gen X and Baby Boomer elders. Continue reading […]

Rare-Earth Nanocrystals for Deeper Fluorescent Cancer Detection

Nanoparticle-based tumor detection schemes often rely on injecting particles that seek out and stick to cancer cells. In order to see where they found their target, light, usually in the near-infrared range, is used to excite and fluoresce the nanoparticles. Show More Summary

Fazlul Sarkar Subpoenas PubPeer

Last month I mentioned that a professor at Wayne State, Fazlul Sarkar, was thinking of suing the PubPeer site or its commenters, after a host of negative comments on his papers disrupted his move to the University of Mississippi. Well,...Show More Summary

Zyno Medical Single-Use Ambulatory Infusion Pump FDA Cleared

Zyno Medical (Natick, MA) won FDA clearance to bring to market its Nimbus ambulatory infusion pump. The device offers both continuous rate and patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) infusions and was designed for intuitive programming by clinicians and easy use by patients. Show More Summary

Cell Surface Friction Guides Microparticles to Target Cell Types

Over the past decade, researchers have been developing microscopic and nano-scale devices that can be used in medicine to attack tumors, target specific metabolic processes, and help diagnose disease. Overall, the most common methodShow More Summary

Sarepta Needs FDA Expertise, Stat

Chris Garabedian, the chief executive of Cambridge, Mass.-based Sarepta Therapeutics, just seems to be in over his head. Sarepta, which is developing a series of promising treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is a company Garabedian has built around a risky proposition: that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will approve its first drug based on [...]

How social media can help physicians find new patients

What is social media’s ROI for doctors? I created this 90-second video for my CHEST 2014 keynote that tells the story of two of social media’s returns on investment: defining an online reputation and finding new patients. Enjoy. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find […]

Sanofi - Trouble At the Top?

There are reports that Sanofi's CEO, Chris Viehbacher, is in trouble with the company's board of directors. The reasons are various, ranging from his move to Boston, through the state of the company's oncology portfolio, all the way to his outspokenness, which is not very French. Show More Summary

Ebola in the United States: Don’t forget the lessons we learned

Although I never disclosed this in my medical school interviews for fear of being just another cliche (“Hollywood sparks interest in medicine story”), I decided to become a doctor in 1997 at the age of 11 when I first saw the movie, Outbreak. For years and years, this was my favorite movie. The scene where they […]

Sarepta's Duchenne Therapy Is A Lot Further Away

I wrote here about Sarepta, a small company having plenty of difficulty getting a therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy through the FDA. At that point, the problem was the accelerated-approval pathway, but things have now gotten aShow More Summary

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