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Helped by Metamaterial, Ultrasound Makes it Through Bone with Little Distortion

Ultrasound is a great imaging modality that’s also used in a number of therapeutic applications. Its advantages include being able to penetrate tissue without using ionizing radiation, as well as the ability to see moving objects in real-time. Show More Summary

Why being proactive is crucial for your health?

You have to find your own way of staying healthy! The so-called wearable revolution has just started and will see a huge number of home-diagnostic and monitoring devices coming to the market in the coming months and years, but being healthy starts with simple things. It should basically be about being healthy and happy. And […]

Is a Google pill the only hope for cardiovascular disease detection?

Last year, Dean Dupuy, 46, an engineer at Apple, suddenly died of a heart attack while playing hockey. He experienced no warning symptoms and, with a healthy, active lifestyle, did not fit the profile of someone at risk. Too late to save him, Dupuy’s wife Victoria discovered that early coronary disease can be identified by […]

R&D Cost for Generics is Zero. Nothing. Nada. Nilch. So Why are Their Prices Surging?

According to the latest estimate from Tufts economists, it now costs upwards of $2.6 billion to bring a new prescription drug to market (read "Cost to Bring a New Drug to Market Is $2.6 Billion According to Tufts - 3X More Than in 2003!"). Show More Summary

When it comes to advocacy, some doctors don’t have anything left to give

We like to say good things; we try to make normative to our profession to do the things that should be done. Many of us are saying that physicians should be advocates for their patients and communities outside of the clinic. Sounds good right? Unfortunately, what sounds good is not always a reality on the […]

Virtual Covalent Screening

Covalent drugs have been a big item in R&D over the last few years, and I wrote here about covalent fragments. The whole topic of reactive groups in small molecules and their interaction with living systems and biomolecules is a complicated...Show More Summary

Amgen Claims It All

There's plenty of excitement about PCSK9, the latest LDL-lowering pathway to make it deep into the clinic. You can tell that companies (and investors) have high hopes for it, since it's heading right into a market that's dominated by generic statins. Show More Summary

Should patient satisfaction ever be 100%?

That could be dangerous! Great post and fascinating comment thread over at The Happy MD.

Procalcitonin guided therapy in critically ill patients

Shorter lengths of stay, shorter durations of antibiotic therapy at no cost in terms of outcome, in this study.

Avoid these 4 mistakes when using a computer in the exam room

With the growing usage of EHRs, more and more doctors are bringing their computers and tablets with them into the exam room. But just because you’re using a computer in the exam room, it doesn’t mean that you’re using it properly. Computers can be one of the most beneficial tools you use in an exam […]

Surprise? Once Again, FULs and AMP Final Rule Delayed

In what has become a semi-annual ritual, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last night announced plans to delay the Federal Upper Limits (FUL) and the Final Rule on Covered Outpatient Drugs, a.k.a., the Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) Final Rule. Show More Summary

Top stories in health and medicine, November 21, 2014

From MedPage Today: Clinical Focus in MS: Novel Approaches to Progressive Disease. Although the drug development pipeline still contains numerous products intended for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), theShow More Summary

If Wearables For Health Tracking Are Going To Take Off This Might Be A Good One.

This appeared a little while ago.Microsoft Band review: Unlike any other wearable and uniquely yoursSummary: The Microsoft Band is a data collection machine and with the ability to select your tile interface, it can do as much or asShow More Summary

This Issue Is Really Yet To Be Solved And One Senses It Is Being Ignored!

This appeared a few days ago.How low health literacy, technology leave elderly behindNovember 13, 2014 | By Katie DvorakThe Internet is quickly becoming the go-to place for health information, but those who are not well-versed in understanding...Show More Summary

Money for nothing: The dire straits of EHRs

I’ve previously written about my experience with poorly designed electronic health records and how it negatively impacts provider happiness and patient safety.  Apparently, I’m not alone in my experiences and my sentiments about this subject. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. […]

Wellograph Review – A Stylish Watch with Basic Fitness Capabilities

So here’s the Wellograph Sapphire Wellness Watch, first unveiled at CES 2014 earlier this year. When it came out, it was touted as sleek and stylish, and the first tracker with a sapphire screen (which shows in the high price tag). Finally, the people had a choice of a fitness tracker that didn’t look like a toy. Show More Summary

How Many Straws? - After $60 Million Settlement for Poor Manufacturing Quality, Hospira Warned by FDA, Assessed Punitive Damages for Firing Whistle-Blower

How many legal cases suggesting failures of leadership of large health care corporations will it take to break the back of health care? $60 Million Settlement of Class Action Alleging Cost Cutting Led to Poor Manufacturing of Drugs and...Show More Summary

NEC MultiSync MD212G3 LCD Grayscale Diagnostic Monitor

NEC has just unveiled its new grayscale diagnostic monitor, the MultiSync MD212G3. The device features a 21.3? LED screen with a 2048 x 1536 (3 megapixels) resolution, as well as a 1,400:1 contrast ratio and a 1,700 cd/m² calibrated brightness. Show More Summary

Severity assessment in pulmonary embolism: a need for consistency

As it does for many conditions, severity assessment of pulmonary embolism guides treatment. Severity assessment for PE is more important than ever these days because treatment options have multiplied. There are now many more decision points than we had just a few years ago. Show More Summary

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