Aquapheresis: A New Treatment for Heart Failure (Part 2)
In Part 1, I introduced the problem of heart failure and the use of intravenous diuretics, the standard therapy to treat fluid overload in hospitalized patients.Recently, the UNLOAD trial was published in the Journal of the American College of Car...
Thanks to The Happy Hospitalist for Grand Rounds
Thanks to The Happy Hospitalist for hosting Grand Rounds and for including my post on Doctors on Twitter.
A Comparison of "Mediquations," "MediMath," and "Medical Calculator," Three Medical Calculators for the iPhone
Image by Roberto_Garcia via FlickrRemember when there weren't any medical calculators for the iPhone? Now there are at least three — Mediquations for $1.99, Medimath, which is free until 10/12 (and will be $4.99 thereafter), and Medical Calculator...
Bioartificial Kidney Reduces Risk of Death from Acute Kidney Failure
Most patients with acute kidney failure receive hemodialysis -- a cleansing of the blood using a dialysis machine, a "man-made" kidney. However, acute kidney failure is associated with a high mortality rate, and researchers have been interested in...
Laparoscopic Surgery Performed at 4X HD
The holy grail of resolution is not high definition video, but telepresence — resolution so good it feels like you're looking through a window, not a TV set or a monitor. Resolution so detailed you feel like you are there.The RED Digital Cinema Ca...
Information Overload, the Index Medicus, and PubMed
Image by Nuevo Anden via FlickrThe growth of medical knowledge is difficult to visualize. One classic representation is the Index Medicus — a comprehensive index of medical journal articles — whose bound copies filled the shelves of medical librar...
Online services help patients deal with their illness and connect with others
The New York Times today highlighted how useful online services have been to patients, both in managing how they feel as well as connecting with their loved ones.The services highlighted ones devoted specifically to the needs of seriously ill, oft...
Thoughts on Handwashing, MRSA, and C. Difficile Colitis
Here are some recent thoughts on handwashing, MRSA, and C. Difficile. (I know -- handwashing is low-tech -- but it's absolutely critical for infection control.)I recently cared for two patients with methicillin resistant Staphlococcal aureus (MRSA...
Grand Rounds Volume 3 Number 5 is available
Bob Coffield hosts this week's Grand Rounds, the best posts of the health blogosphere from this past week, also known as the carnival of the caregivers.Thanks for Bob for posting from the hills of West Virginia, and for being the first lawyer to p...
Futurology and Medicine
Image by -RobW- via FlickrFuturology is the art of postulating possible futures. Here's a tour of some possible futures of medical care.Medinnovationblog, written by Dr. Richard Reece, imagines a detailed vision of what medicine might be like in 2...