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...
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...
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...
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 ...
Review of Sandy (iwantsandy.com), An Online Personal Assistant
Okay, let's say you already have a calendar, a to-do list (or perhaps multiple to-do lists organized by context), and a watch with an alarm -- why might you want to use Sandy (www.iwantsandy.com), a new online personal assistant?Sandy's goal is to...
Thanks to Doc Emer for Grand Rounds
Thanks for Doc Emer for Grand Rounds and for featuring my post on Slideshare and Life Hacks for Doctors.
Metered Dose Inhalers Don't Reveal When They're Empty and Patients Suffer
Could you imagine driving a car without a fuel gauge? In the July 2006 Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, results from a 500 person telephone survey suggest that patients don't know if there's any medicine left in their metered dose inhale...
PeerClip: Social Bookmarking for Healthcare Providers
PeerClip is a new social bookmarking service introduced at the Health 2.0 conference. The best example of a social bookmarking site on the web is del.icio.us, which I wrote about previously:One of the most useful sites on the web is del.icio.us. (...
Singapore Changi Terminal 2
I've walked all the way to my departure terminal here in Singapore's beautiful Changi Terminal 2, and no AED (automated electronic defibrillator) in sight. I'm suprised. I'm going to ask the staff what's the deal. I see them all over convention...
Malaysian Muslims Must Manage Misfigured Mugs
Did my alliteration catch your attention? Well, this BBC article alerted me to the recent National Fatwa Council's decision to ban Botox. Malaysia's top Muslim cleric council decided that Botox contained prohibited substances, including those de...