New cure for hiccups via the oldest medical technology: digital rectal exam
One of the first medical technologies physicians-in-training are tasked with perfecting is our physical exam. For male physicians, one of the most dreaded parts is the digital rectal exam, since we know that we ourselves will need to be subjected...
Followups and Links of Interest
A few things that caught my eye these last few weeks:OR-Live offers live and archived webcasts of more than 600 surgical procedures.From the NEJM:This spring the U.S. Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees1 will rule on the constitutionality of the three-d...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Thanks to GruntDoc for Grand Rounds
Image from WikipediaGrand Rounds, this week's best posts of the medical blogosphere, is up at GruntDoc (and eveywhere else). Thanks for including my post on The Physician Success Strategies Conference.
Play is Important in Children's Development
Children's play is a 'technology' specifically needed in children's development, according to the AAP American Academy of Pediatrics, in it's recent report, "The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Pare...