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  • My Favorite Ergonomic Laptop Bag

    This post will be a departure from the regular topics of this blog. It will be about bags. Specifically laptop bags. And here is where I will rant. Most laptop bags are either backpacks, which are comfortable but unprofessional, or business bags, ...

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  • What is Tekturna (Aliskiren)? (Part 2)

    In part 1, I introduced aliskiren and discussed the renin-angiontensin-aldosterone system. As I mentioned, there are innumerable medications already available that effect this system, leading to the question: what's so special about aliskiren?(Dia...

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  • RFID Chips Prevent Sponges From Being Left Behind During Surgery

    Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) chips are not just in your Mach3 razor packages, they're showing promise in surgery as well. In the July Archives of Surgery, Stanford researchers found that they could detect sponges left behind with an RFID ...

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  • Someone Please Create Free, HIPAA-Compliant Patient-Physician Email

    This is a rant. Or a plea. Or a pitch for a product idea that I wish someone would just run with. It would be invaluable to everyone involved.Free, encrypted, HIPAA-complaint patient-physician email. Simple. Easy-to-use. Ad-supported. Perhaps by G...

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  • Rate of the spread of flu Is linked to airline travel

    The New York Times today reports on a PLoS Medicine study by Brownstein, Wolfe & Mandl showing that the rate of spread of influenza is related to the number of people flying in airplanes.They studied the spread of influenza timed to the amoun...

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  • Grand Rounds Volume 3 Number 1 Happy Anniversary

    Grand Rounds 3.1 Happy AnniversaryWelcome to the second anniversary of the weekly roundup of the best blog writing among health and medical writers. We’ve come a long way since Nick Genes started this weekly review as a forum of physicians writin...

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  • Monthly Introduction to Tech Medicine

    What's this blog all about?My goal in Tech Medicine will be to explore the intersection of medicine, new technologies, and the Internet. This is a purposefully broad topic. Several times weekly I will post focused reviews of issues interesting to ...

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  • The Unlikely Saga of a Medical Checklist

    Checklist are hardly what you'd consider high-tech medicine. Yet in certain situations, they might be more effective than the newest drugs or devices.In the New Yorker, Atul Gawande describes a study designed by Dr Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins...

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  • Dealing with Information Overload

    Information overload is an occupational hazard of practicing medicine, especially if you spend time online. There's too much potentially useful stuff out there for one person to process effectively: journals, news sites, RSS feeds, wikis, blogs, w...

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  • Roche Diagnostics CoaguChek PT Test Strips Nationwide Recall

    Roche Diagnostics CoaguChek PT test strips have been recalled due to the potential of reporting falsely elevated protime (INR) test results, which indicate a patient's blood is thinner than it actually is. If actions were taken to decrease the do...

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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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