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.
Doctors Report Feast and Famine For Flu Vaccine
NPR covers physicians' frustration that they haven't received their flu vaccine supply yet, and patients are clamoring for it. They quote a large supplier, Mark Mlotek of Henry Schein, Inc. as stating, "Will there be Wal-Marts that have it and do...
Digitizing Paper Medical Records -- Medical Uses of the iPhone (Part 4)
I don't use electronic medical records (EMR). Let me qualify that: I don't use EMRs for when I write notes on patient visits; I do use online patient scheduling, I read laboratory studies online, and I do write orders for patients in the hospital ...
GAO Report Discredits Home Genetic Test Kits
Yesterday, Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei of geneticsandhealth.com reviewed a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to the Senate that over the counter home genetics tests are fraudulent and misleading, specifically discrediting the products of Surac...
Review of the HydraCoach
This is a brief review of the HydraCoach, an intelligent water bottle that measures how much you drink.In my last post, I described the HydraCoach, which is marketed primarily to athletes and those concerned about maintain optimal hydration.As a k...
Del.icio.us and Hilarious Journal Articles
One of the most useful sites on the web is del.icio.us. (Yes, it's a pun; you type it in exactly like that.) In case you've not heard of it, del.icio.us is one of the best social bookmarking sites on the web. When you "bookmark" a web page in your...