Dyson Airblade Is Not Better Than Alcohol Hand Rubs
Although Dyson’s done good with vacuums, if making it into MoMa is what vacuuming is all about, I’m not so sure with their newest invention. Or shall we say, reinvention? The Dyson Airblade is your daddy’s hand dryer on steroids - a 400 mph blas...
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 ...
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...
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...
Google Book Search and Medical Education
Addedum: My interview with Google is here.Somewhat unexpectedly, Google asked me to talk on film about doctors who use Google Book Search. So lately, I’ve been thinking about the strange beast that Google Books has become. If you haven’t seen it r...
Thanks to Doc Gurley for Grand Rounds
Thanks to Doc Gurley for Grand Rounds and for including my post on Three Visions of the Future of Healthcare.
Hemodialysis is a process of cleaning and filtering the blood using a dialysis machine (a "man made kidney"). For people with renal failure, dialysis is lifesaving. (This posting will only discuss hemodialysis. Peritoneal dialysis is another form ...
Ethical Imbroglio Faces Cyberonics Regarding Neuropsychopharmacology Article
In medical school, I thought it was fascinating that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was useful in severe depression which was resistant to other treatments. Those memories resurfaced as I was prompted by a recent Wall Street Journal article to r...
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 ...
Margaret Chan appointed to lead World Health Organization
My ethnic pride welled today as I learned that Margaret Chan has been appointed to lead the WHO World Health Organization. My parents are from Hong Kong and my dad may have known her from his medical training and practice there. Dr. Chan receive...