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  • FDA video: Ibuprofen Interferes With Aspirin's Heart Protective Benefit

    I've blogged before that you should:- take your daily dose of immediate-release low dose aspirin at least 30 minutes before you ever take ibuprofen and possibly any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).- Otherwise, you should wait at least...

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  • Mind Doping

    Performance enhancement by athletes using illegal drugs and hormones is old news. So in a recent article, the Los Angeles Times turned their attention to a different type of enhancement: "mind doping."Mind doping (also known as "brain doping" or "...

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  • Tech Medicine 2.0

    Thanks to Healthline and Enoch Choi -- medblogger extraordinaire and the previous author of Tech Medicine -- for the invitation to write this blog. It's a pleasure to join the diverse group of Health Talk experts writing on topics including reprod...

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  • iGuard: A New Drug Safety Website

    iGuard.org, a new website that recently launched, aims to help patients be better informed about their medications and about new safety alerts.All medications have potential side effects, and it's sometimes difficult for patients to determine by l...

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  • Mobile Medical Devices During Disaster: Power Outage

    The follwing is second in a series of articles reviewing FDA guidelines on using Medical Devices in a disaster, with my comments in italics from my reflections about volunteering in medical clinics following Katrina. Power Outage:Notify your elect...

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  • Does Providing Email to Patients Benefit Patient-Physician Communication?

    I'm a strong advocate of patient-physician communication by email.In the Archives of Surgery, a paper was recently published examining the effect of surgeons providing email addresses to patients prior to thyroid or parathyroid surgery. Half the p...

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  • Healthline's New Drug Search Tool

    Patients and health care providers often search the internet for health information -- for information on medical conditions, on treatments, and on medications. Identifying reliable sources of knowledge is important, but finding good sources is so...

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  • Anatomy of an Mid-Air Emergency

    DING DING DING, WOULD ANY DOCTOR ON BOARD RING YOUR ATTEDANT BUZZER? I shake off my near slumber and go running towards the back of the plane. Two freaked out stewardesses jab their fingers at the closed bathroom door, and I wonder why if someone...

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  • Medical Uses of the iPhone (Part 3) -- YouTube, Google Video, and Other Sources of Patient Education

    When I first wrote about medical uses of the iPhone -- before I even began experimenting with one -- one of the potential applications I talked about was patient education.The iPhone has an integrated YouTube player. Potentially, this means that p...

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  • Take a Contract out on Yourself on StickK.com

    The best way to achieve your goals, according to a new website, is to “put a contract out on yourself.”The website, StickK.com, isn’t suggesting that you have yourself killed if you don’t meet your goals. Instead, StickK is a system — designed by ...

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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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