Digital Mirror Reveals Organs Under Your Skin

Posted on 17. Apr, 2014 by in computer, Innovation, technology

The New Scientist published a very interesting report about a new idea and technology that will be showcased at the upcoming Human-Computer Interaction conference in Toronto, Canada. At the Museum of…

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Five Medical Facts You Need to Know About Allergic Reactions – Choosing Wisely – A Guide for Patients

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in ABIM Foundation, Allergy, asthma, avoidable care, Choosing Wisely, overtesting, overtreatment, testing

We are seeing  a major epidemic of avoidable care today. Unnecessary tests and expensive treatments have become a major health hazard. What can  you do to protect yourself ?An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on e…

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Race Among Medical Devices and Doctors: Analysis

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in future, Health, Health 2.0, healthcare, Innovation, medicine, Medicine 2.0, technology

For some time now, I’ve been forming a think tank that would focus on issues related to the future of medicine. As a first step, we decided to address the issue of the changing world of medical…

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HIPAA and Fundraising

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I was recently asked about using patient identified data for fundraising.The HIPAA Omnibus rule does permit the use of  department of service, treating physician, and outcomes information in fund raising activities with an understanding that a pat…

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Consumer Driven Healthcare – Where is it Going?

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in Gizabeth

After I read Red Humors blog on Open Notes, I struck up a discussion with a radiologist friend. We commiserate over laws and loopholes in laws that cause system abuse. I am so happy that Obama recommended to close the loophole in the Stark Law in his 2…

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"Ommmmmmmm…"

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Seen in an ER doc’s note:

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Why are doctors scared of internet positive patients ?

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Information Therapy, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mumbai Mirror, Pune

The Mumbai Mirror had an article, which talks about a survey, conducted across 27 cities including Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad by Ipsos Healthcare and Ruder Finn, which revealed that ” doctors have been str…

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Pushing patients into doing expensive IVF treatments

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Health, In vitro fertilisation, Infertility, patient, Reproductive Health, Surrogacy, United States, USA

I received an interesting e-mail from a patient .She wrote., “ I am currently pursuing IVF/ICSI/PGD/PGS eSET. Doctor performed one ‘Endometrial Function Test’ which determined ‘Exteme Glandular Developmental Arrest’ (aka ‘Glandular Stromal Dyssynchro…

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Terrific Southwest Airlines safety briefing video

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Amusements, Aviation

Beats the others:   I think using humor to keep peoples’ attention beats all the pre-recorded announcements hands down.

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Why should practicing medicine be compared to any other occupation?

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Physician, Surgery

A while ago, Atul Gawande, the noted surgeon-author, wrote a long piece in the New Yorker on why health care should look to a restaurant called the Cheesecake Factory for some guidance on how to standardize things. This was met with some derision by a number of physicians who pointed out, among other things, that the food [...]

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When Surgeons Can See Tumours

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Augmented Reality, future, Surgery, technology

Writing my book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, means that I come across hundreds of innovations day by day but this one really caught my attention. Patients are injected with a special dye…

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Gentle Sequenced All My Genes

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in DTC, genes, Genetic testing, Genetics, Genome, genomics, Health 2.0

Years ago, I had two direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomic tests. One with Navigenics and one with Pathway Genomics. Both tests gave me great insights about how this industry works and it was really…

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Testing doctors is big business

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Education, Primary care, Specialist

If you want to understand the world of professional board certification, it is important to understand the business and politics of testing professionals. Such testing is big business. So big in fact, that huge international media and education companies that trade on the New York Stock Exchange have been created to service this need. According [...]

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The fatal error in health care

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Health reform, Policy, Primary care

The janitor approached my office manager with a very worried expression.  ”Uh, Brenda …” he said, hesitantly. “Yes?” she replied, wondering what janitorial emergency was looming in her near future. “Uh …well … I was cleaning Dr. Lamberts’ office yesterday and I noticed on his computer …”  He cleared his throat nervously, “Uh … his [...]

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To emotionally survive cancer, we must create perspective

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Cancer, Physician

Hegira: To take flight to escape.  To travel from a place of danger to a place of safety. “You have cancer.” You hear the words.  Your mind does not understand. “You have cancer.” Shock.  Distance.  Isolation.  Someone else.  A mistake.  A lie.  Bizarre, strange, you float above the room.  Everyone speaks; nothing is said. Continue [...]

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The Z-drugs: zolpidem, zopiclone, and zaleplon

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Pharmacology, toxicology

From a recent review:

The Z-drugs zolpidem, zopiclone, and zaleplon were hailed as the innovative hypnotics of the new millennium, an improvement to traditional benzodiazepines in the management of insomnia. Increasing reports of adverse events includ…

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Physicians should not be expected to blindly follow guidelines

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in heart, Physician, Primary care

Barron Lerner thinks he understands doctor’s motives.  In his recent article in the Atlantic he laments that physicians act on tradition and emotion over adopting new science.  In defense of his position, he sites the example of how cardiologists use angioplasty and coronary artery bypass to treat coronary disease. He states, … cardiologists have been remarkably slow [...]

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A patient nearly died to save him $1110

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Hospital, Physician, Surgery

Where I’m from, you can have someone killed for $5000.  I will do it for $1110. I’m a hand surgeon. I practice (or practiced, by the time you read this) in an area that is what we often refer to as “underserved.”   Rather, the area isn’t, but the people I treat are.  I work in [...]

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Top stories in health and medicine, April 15, 2014

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in endocrinology, GI, News

From MedPage Today: A Different Take on .health Domains. Top level domains (TLD) like .doctor, .med, and .health will certainly provide for a memorable way to promote one’s practice website as compared with what exists today in domain name choices. EMA Also Reviews Testosterone. The European Medicines Agency has initiated a review of testosterone therapies, joining [...]

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This is a good thing

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Mary: “Dr. Grumpy’s office, this is Mary.”Miss Poppy: “Hi, I need to make an appointment with Dr. Grumpy.”Mary: “Okay, we can see you…”Miss Poppy: “Wait, first, I need to know if you guys are connected to that big database where you can see which of …

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R-E-L-A-X

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by in fizzy

I’m having a lot of trouble trying to relax.Lately I’ve been just completely overwhelmed with the stress of working and managing two kids. My mind is always whirling with all the things I need to do. Feels a bit like the entire universe rests on my s…

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My IVF success story

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in Assisted reproductive technology, Embryo, In vitro fertilisation, Infertility, Pregnancy, Reproductive medicine, Transvaginal oocyte retrieval, United States

Motherhood is is something every women aspires for.. Not all are fortunate to have babies naturally. Thanks to the advanced technology which makes the impossible “Possible”.But, it’s just not that, we need skillful doctors to complete the process .Thi…

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Post-operative check

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in Education, Orthopedics, Surgery

It’s okay that you don’t remember me. My name is Shara, and I’m part of the surgical team. I’m checking to see how you’re doing after your surgery. Do you know where you are right now? Actually, you’re in the hospital. You had surgery a few hours ago, for a broken hip. You used to [...]

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Real doctors, real people: from beekeeper to "tough mudder"

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Dr. Jonathan Kirsch, a hospitalist at UNC Health Care, is also a beekeeper. He enjoys both the honey and the benefit of pollinated fruit trees and hand-picked fruit.A team from the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program headed up by Tippu Kha…

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Did ProPublica unfairly target Dr. Yoav Golan?

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in GI, Medications, Physician

A recent ProPublica expose co-published with the Boston Globe typifies a growing gotcha genre of health journalism that portrays doctors as the enemy in a struggle for honesty and openness in medicine. These reports make unfounded leaps in their efforts to subject doctors to levels of skepticism once reserved for politicians and lawyers. They’re going to end up [...]

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Caught between patient satisfaction and prescription drug abuse

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in Pain Management, Physician

The creatures cause pain by being born, and live by inflicting pain, and in pain they mostly die. –C. S. Lewis The problem of pain, from the viewpoint of British novelist and theologian C. S. Lewis, is how to reconcile the reality of suffering with belief in a just and benevolent God. The American physician’s [...]

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Why doctors treat patients as drug addicts

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in Pain Management, Physician

Fact: Doctors want to help people. Fact: Some people take advantage of doctors. A doctor in Oregon shares this case: I had an old man with cancer. He kept complaining of pain as I was increasing his opiate pain medication, Oxycontin. I was at, I forget, about 40mg four times a day or some fairly [...]

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in PrimeCuts

By Arnab Ghosh, MD

Peer Reviewed

With the awakening of Spring this week, the City basks in its new growth. Wandering the streets and avenues, the parks and riversides, they resemble the concord of the natural elements, whisking the bleeding cold away for another year. Punctuated by the dance of Spring showers, the vigour of the Sun’s warmth is empowering, embracing and enhancing. And so the troubles of faraway places, in Crimea, Syria, the Central African Republic, of terrible actions befalling our world, like climate…

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What is the best way to communicate with the referring doctor?

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in Uncategorized

A family physician recently referred a patient to me for IVF treatment. She was well educated and wanted to be an active participant in every aspect of the treatment procedure. I explained to her the details of the IVF treatment, and her treatment opti…

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Why more health insurance isn’t necessarily better

Posted on 14. Apr, 2014 by in Health reform, Policy

Whenever a discussion of health care policy is initiated, the importance of health insurance, of extending coverage, takes center stage. The need for insurance quickly becomes an undeniable truth, a universal imperative. And no one ever seems to question this subtle premise before getting more patients fitted with shiny, new policies. This was precisely the [...]

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