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  • Test Detects 12 Types of Respiratory Viruses

    Talk about a "shotgun workup" -- this is a test which simultaneously looks for presence of 12 viruses that infect the human respiratory tract.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just approved the xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel, which with a si...

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  • 24 Hours of Flickr on 05.05.2007 to Benefit Doctors without Borders

    From Flickr: It's coming! 24 Hours of Flickr: A global Flickr community eventWhat happens around the world in one day? In a word – life. Here on Flickr, our members are sharing the world that they see: snapping daily moments, recording history, te...

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  • Come Grab a Cuppa Joe with Kim of Emergiblog at Grand Rounds

    Once a week, health bloggers from around the world contribute to Grand Rounds, a roundup of the best that the blogosphere has to offer in regards to health and medicine. This week, Kim from Emergiblog has continued on her tear (recently hosting 2...

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  • The Use and Misuse of Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors

    I'm a fan of automatic blood pressure monitors like the Omron HEM series. These machines, which have become increasingly accurate and easy to use, allow you to check your own blood pressure automatically at the touch of a button. Most of the time,...

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  • Grand Rounds Call for Submissions: Healthcare Innovations and New Technologies

    The next medical blogosphere Grand Rounds will be held at The Efficient MD on September 11, 2007.The theme of Grand Rounds will be "Healthcare Innovations and New Technologies." Submissions broadly related to innovations in healthcare are welcome:...

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  • Interesting Links from the Last Week

    The following are interesting links from the last week.I haven't spent much time in Second Life, a 3D online virtual world with its own currency -- but Bertalan Meskó has. He's a medical student at the University of Debrecen, in Hungary, and he wr...

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  • The Risks of MRI Contrast in Patients with Kidney Disease: Gadolinium and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF)

    Gadolinium is a type of intravenous contrast given during MRIs to help radiologists visualize blood vessels. Recently, the FDA has warned that this type of contrast, in patients with decreased kidney function, has been associated with a new type ...

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  • CPSC Fails To Act as Shopping Carts Pose Hazards To Kids

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just announced the release of a policy statement, "Shopping Cart-Related Injuries to Children" which makes a lot of sense. It shares evidence that has been known for 30 years, but the CPSC has dragged thei...

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  • Bulletproof Backup Strategies

    We've all heard stories of friends and colleagues who've lost weeks of work, irreplaceable pictures of their families, or their entire music collection because they didn't backup their computer regularly. Recently, my external hard drive — contain...

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  • Mobile Medical Devices During Disaster: General Safety

    After my experience treating patients in New Orleans following the Katrina Hurricane flooding, i became more interested in using medical devices during disaster. The FDA came out with guidelines regarding this, and I wanted to let you know how we...

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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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