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  • Mind Doping

    Performance enhancement by athletes using illegal drugs and hormones is old news. So in a recent article, the Los Angeles Times turned their attention to a different type of enhancement: "mind doping."Mind doping (also known as "brain doping" or "...

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  • Tech Medicine 2.0

    Thanks to Healthline and Enoch Choi -- medblogger extraordinaire and the previous author of Tech Medicine -- for the invitation to write this blog. It's a pleasure to join the diverse group of Health Talk experts writing on topics including reprod...

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  • iGuard: A New Drug Safety Website

    iGuard.org, a new website that recently launched, aims to help patients be better informed about their medications and about new safety alerts.All medications have potential side effects, and it's sometimes difficult for patients to determine by l...

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  • Mobile Medical Devices During Disaster: Power Outage

    The follwing is second in a series of articles reviewing FDA guidelines on using Medical Devices in a disaster, with my comments in italics from my reflections about volunteering in medical clinics following Katrina. Power Outage:Notify your elect...

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  • Does Providing Email to Patients Benefit Patient-Physician Communication?

    I'm a strong advocate of patient-physician communication by email.In the Archives of Surgery, a paper was recently published examining the effect of surgeons providing email addresses to patients prior to thyroid or parathyroid surgery. Half the p...

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  • Healthline's New Drug Search Tool

    Patients and health care providers often search the internet for health information -- for information on medical conditions, on treatments, and on medications. Identifying reliable sources of knowledge is important, but finding good sources is so...

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  • Monthly Introduction to Tech Medicine

    What's this blog all about?My goal in Tech Medicine will be to explore the intersection of medicine, new technologies, and the Internet. This is a purposefully broad topic. Several times weekly I will post focused reviews of issues interesting to ...

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  • Tech Medicine Links for 7.20.8

    Image via WikipediaFreeMD. A virtual emergency room physician. From the website:Hi, I’m Dr. Stephen Schueler, an emergency room physician, and your virtual doctor. Type a symptom or condition into the box and a menu will appear. If you select a t...

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  • Plans for Microsoft's HealthVault, a Personal Health Record

    Last year, Microsoft launched HealthVault, a free online personal health record (PHR), to much fanfare. (Google Health, a major competitor, has yet to be released.)PHRs have the potential, at least in theory, to significantly improve communication...

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  • Abiomed Implantable Heart Device Receives F.D.A. Approval

    The New York Times reports that on Tuesday, Abiomed received FDA approval to sell the world's first fully implantable mechanical heart. The company received a "humanitarian device exemption" since the device demonstrated "safety and probable bene...

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MD, FACP, FASN

Dr. Schwimmer's blog explores the intersection of medicine, new technologies, and the Internet.

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