Is it better if your heart stops in a mall?
Would you prefer if your heart stopped in a hospital or a mall?That's the question asked by a recent New England Journal of Medicine paper -- or at least, that's how the study has been widely interpreted by the media.The study, "Delayed Time to De...
Mission Impossible: treating chest pain in a third world setting
I recently had the misfortune of assisting my father-in-law get care for chest pain -- in the arrival hall of a foreign airport. Bottomline: don't get sick in a 3rd world country.When he mentioned it had been there since waking up, varied with tw...
Feed Reading, Three Ways (Part 3)
This is a series on how to read feeds more efficiently. (This is part 3. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here.)In part 2, I suggested that the best way to read your most important feeds is by email.But what if you don't want to read every word of the...
Google Suggest and Healthcare
When you type a search query into Google's web search, a feature called Google Suggest will offer searches that other users have typed that are similar to the one you're typing. Sometimes, this can provide an eye-opening view of how the Internet —...
Thanks to Monash Medical Student for Grand Rounds
Thanks to Monash Medical Student for Grand Rounds and for including my post on Evernote for Doctors.
Immunize School Aged Children for Flu and Protect Us All
What ages to immunize to reduce the spread of infectious disease is an important public health topic of research. Recent evidence from a study published in PLoS and covered by the WSJ, suggests that for influenza the answer changes with the varyi...
Laparoscopic Surgery Performed at 4X HD
The holy grail of resolution is not high definition video, but telepresence — resolution so good it feels like you're looking through a window, not a TV set or a monitor. Resolution so detailed you feel like you are there.The RED Digital Cinema Ca...
Information Overload, the Index Medicus, and PubMed
Image by Nuevo Anden via FlickrThe growth of medical knowledge is difficult to visualize. One classic representation is the Index Medicus — a comprehensive index of medical journal articles — whose bound copies filled the shelves of medical librar...
Online services help patients deal with their illness and connect with others
The New York Times today highlighted how useful online services have been to patients, both in managing how they feel as well as connecting with their loved ones.The services highlighted ones devoted specifically to the needs of seriously ill, oft...
Thoughts on Handwashing, MRSA, and C. Difficile Colitis
Here are some recent thoughts on handwashing, MRSA, and C. Difficile. (I know -- handwashing is low-tech -- but it's absolutely critical for infection control.)I recently cared for two patients with methicillin resistant Staphlococcal aureus (MRSA...