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  • Why Doctors Don't Email Patients

    Image via WikipediaIt's no secret that I'm a strong advocate of patient physician communication by email. (See, for example, "Does Providing Email to Patients Benefit Patient-Physician Communication," "Someone Please Create Free, HIPAA-Compliant P...

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  • Risks of the Drug Avandia (Rosiglitazone)

    Avandia (rosiglitazone) is a commonly used medication to treat type 2 diabetes. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine released online yesterday, Dr. Steven E. Nissen and Kathy Wolski from the Cleveland Clinic analyzed 42 prev...

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  • Your Next Stethoscope Should be Electronic. Here's Why. (Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3000 Review)

    Last month, I reluctantly entered the market for a new stethoscope. (My old one broke. Don't ask.)For doctors, choosing a stethoscope is not a decision made lightly: it requires laying out a significant amount of cash for a device you might carry ...

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  • Twitter Dispatches from the New England Journal of Medicine's Horizons Conference

    Image via WikipediaThis weekend the New England Journal of Medicine's Horizons conference brought together the editors of the journal with a group of medical students and trainees, including two prominent medical bloggers, Dr. Ves Dimov from Clini...

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  • Green Leaf Lettuce and Ground Beef Recall Due to E Coli

    Hot on the tail of the recent spinach contamination comes a fresh batch of reports of bacterial E Coli contamination of lettuce and ground beef, which could cause a serious diarrheal illness.Definite contamination of ground beef has occured, where...

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  • CDC's Wants Bloggers to Encourage Getting Flu Shots

    Today, the CDC, America's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hosted a webinar for bloggers to ask us to get the word out that people should go get their flu shots.Over the course of 40 minutes, they gave the scientific background supporti...

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  • Medical Applications in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch

    As of this writing, there are are over 100 medical applications for the iPhone and the iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store. (The link is here.) Less than six months ago, as the store was launched, I tried to guess what applications might become ava...

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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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Dr. Schwimmer's blog explores the intersection of medicine, new technologies, and the Internet.

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