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  • Aquapheresis: A New Treatment for Heart Failure (Part 1)

    Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition where the heart's pumping of blood is inadequate and consequently, fluid builds up in the lungs. (As a nod to my readers who are cardiologists -- CHF has many causes and is much more complicated that t...

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  • An Introduction to Medical Podcasts (Part 3)

    In part 1, I briefly introduced podcasts and iTunes. In part 2 and in this post, I'll introduce some of my favorite medical podcasts. After logging in to the iTunes store, each of these podcasts can be found by typing the name of the podcast in t...

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  • 2007 Medical Weblog Awards

    Voting is now open for the 2007 Medical Weblog Awards, the Academy Awards of the medical blogosphere. (Full disclosure: I'm one of the editors at Medgadget, which sponsors the awards, and I was one of the nominators.) Use the awards as an excuse t...

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  • Magnetic Stimulation of Brain Shows Promise in Stroke Survivors

    Leave it to inquisitive Harvard researchers to stimulate brains with magnets to help stroke survivors. In the August issue of Stroke, researchers repeated earlier successes with stroke surviors by magnetic stimulation of the brain on the opposite...

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  • Creating a Voicemail System for Patients using Free or Inexpensive Services Online (Google's Grand Central and CommuniKate)

    Image via WikipediaIn doctor's offices, the telephone is critical for communicating with patients. Yet too often, the phone system is used inefficiently. Symptoms of this problem include scrawled messages spread out on doctor's desks, important me...

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  • Gastric Bypass Is Superior to Adjustable Gastric Band in Super Morbidly Obese Patients

    According to a report in the July issue of Archives of Surgery, gastric bypass is better than adjustable gastric banding in super morbidly obese patients. Why does this matter? Bariatric surgery by laparoscopy, or keyhole surgery, to assist obes...

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  • Feed Reading, Three Ways (Part 2)

    This is a series on how to read feeds more efficiently. (This is part two. Part one is here.)To start, here are some initial questions to ask about any feed to which you're thinking of subscribing: "How important is this? Is this something I want ...

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  • An Open Letter from America's Physicians

    Sermo is an online network for physicians — currently, over 60,000 of them. (I've written about the Sermo community previously, and I've written about meeting Sermo's CEO, Dr. Daniel Palestrant.) One of the advantage of social networks like Sermo ...

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  • The Value of Mind Mapping

    Mapping is one way of visualizing ideas. (For a sense of how many ways there are, see "A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods.") Maps are most commonly used as graphical and textual representations of geographic data, but they may also be used ...

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  • Eavesdrop on Doctors and Medical Students on Twitter

    Here's a feed containing the conversations of all known doctors and medical students who use Twitter: http://feeds.feedburner.com/doctorsontwitter. (If that doesn't work, you can try the original feed from Yahoo Pipes instead.)Technical details, f...

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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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