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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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  • Grow A Face Rather Than Transplant It

    Stanford University researchers propose to regenerate skin cells from stem cells to replace damaged facial skin rather than the approach French surgeons have attempted recently, partial reconstruction for extensive facial disfigurement.I'm excited...

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  • Searching for Health Information Online (Part 3)

    In part 1, I introduced ways of searching for health information online and discussed Healthline's approach and the use of HealthMaps. In part 2, I discussed MedlinePlus and the individual web pages of physicians. In this part, I'll compare three ...

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  • 100+ Tips for Doctors on Call (Part 2)

    [Part 1 is here. The following post initially appeared in The Efficient MD. It demonstrates the unexpected power of blogs and Twitter for soliciting advice from large groups of people with specialized knowledge.]Addendum: For the most recent versi...

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  • Thanks to AppleQuack for Grand Rounds

    Image by Getty Images via Daylife Thanks to AppleQuack.com for hosting Grand Rounds and for including my posts on Evernote for Doctors.Related articles by ZemantaHow Doctors Can Use Evernote As A Professional Memory Accessible Anywhere, Part 2: Us...

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  • Radiotherapy Sets Off Airport Security Screening

    This was news to me, which came out in the British Medical Journal editorial today. [1] The BMJ publised a case report of a man who received radiation therapy (radioiodine) to treat his overactive thyroid gland, thyrotoxicosis. [2] Unfortunately...

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  • Thoughts on Patient-Physician Email (Part 1)

    I'm a believer in patient-physician email communication. Let's face it -- just about every profession has enthusiastically adopted email as a rapid, non-interrupting, easily documented form of communication -- so why hasn't medicine?There are many...

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  • Praise for Audiobooks and Audible.com

    Five years ago, I thought Audible.com was surely doomed. With the proliferation of free podcasts -- including many medical podcasts -- how could a company selling downloadable audiobooks survive?I was wrong. A few months ago, I rediscovered Audibl...

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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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