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March 29, 2014

What Makes Doctors Happy

The Rand Corporation recently published a study of determinants of physician professional satisfaction, and their implications for patient care. One of the “most novel and important findings” related to electronic health records (EHRs). The study found that EHRs affected physician satisfaction both positively and negatively. Physicians like the idea of EHRs, and appreciate their “promise” to improve patient care and thus professional satisfaction. However, the current... // Read More »
January 30, 2013

Bioethicist Publishes Innovative eBook

Dr. David Perlman has just published a new bioethics thriller on the Kindle platform. At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr.…

June 28, 2012

“You Now Have, for the First Time in History, a Scientific Basis for Medicine.”

Larry Smarr is trying to save your life:

Larry sees medicine as a stubborn holdout. Current efforts to reform the system—for instance, the Obama administration’s initiative to digitize all health records by 2014—are just toes in the water. Medicine has barely begun to take advantage of the million-fold increase in the amount of data [...]

October 14, 2009

Is Nanotechnology the Key to Happiness?

Nanotechnology has been called a great many things–the great leveler, the panacea to all that ails the world, the technology that will allow us to solve all of our problems from world hunger to pollution.…

April 8, 2009

When You Can't Get a PDR, Grab an iPhone!

One in ten doctors recommends…an iPhone! Yes, you heard that right. One in ten doctors agrees that the iPhone is a good health tool.…

March 20, 2009

Harvard Prof to Lead Effort to Get Doctors to Use Computers

With no small task on his hands, the Obama admininistration has tapped Harvard professor David Blumenthal to be the national coordinator for health IT, says the Boston Globe.…

February 12, 2009

Cotton Candy IS Good for You!

New research suggests that cotton candy may help re-grow human tissue such as bone, skin, or muscle, says MSNBC.

The technique is actually a bit to complicated for me to explain, but it sounds a bit like if one poured candy apple solution over cotton candy to create a complicated network out of the thin interwoven strands and what would be left inside would be an intricate network of blood vessels or skin.…

January 16, 2009

Health Privacy Exists No Matter Who You Are

According to a recent New York Times article, “health privacy isn’t an issue when you are a legend.” The article, discussing the recent health disclosures, rumormongering, and volatile stock prices at Apple, due to Steve Jobs’ health claims that privacy isn’t a luxury that Mr.…

January 13, 2009

Google Goggles Prevent "Sleep Mailing"

Sleep researchers have discovered that in addition to other activities known to be part of sleepwalkers’ acts emailing is now part of that, says the New York Times.…

December 21, 2008

My Doctor's Always on Call--Via Mobile

A company called BPL Mobile has launched a new service called, “Doctors on Call”, a 9 am to 9 PM service that will allow patients to speak to remote doctor about their medical conditions.…

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News (18)

April 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Einstein's theory holds up in deep space

Some 7,000 light years away, Einstein’s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said on Thursday.

April 25, 2013 1:00 pm

Amazing 'mini livers' created with 3D PRINTER could lead to human-sized organs for transplant patients

Scientists used a 3D printer loaded with cells to create mini livers which can be infected with a disease to observe its progress through organ.  The tiny livers can also be used to monitor effectiveness of drugs.

April 4, 2013 3:27 pm

Custom 3-D Printer Pumps Out Synthetic Tissues Made of Tiny Droplets

There’s a new way to create materials with the properties of living tissues. Oxford University scientists have designed a programmable 3-D printer than can pump out a material that can flex like muscle or communicate like neurons.

February 8, 2013 12:32 pm

U.S. settles with publisher Macmillan in e-books case (Reuters)

Publishing house Macmillan on Friday became the fifth and final U.S. book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused them of conspiring to raise e-book prices.

February 8, 2013 12:28 pm

U.S. professor finds longest prime number with 17,425,170 digits (Reuters)

After running 1,000 computers non-stop for 39 days to uncover the world’s largest prime number yet, a Missouri college professor said this week he is starting all over to top his own record.

January 28, 2013 1:31 pm

1st soldier to survive losing all limbs in Iraq war gets double-arm transplant in Baltimore (Washington Post)

The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant.  He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms. That novel approach is aimed at helping his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication to prevent rejection.

January 25, 2013 1:31 pm

Robodoc gets OK for hospitals (Boston Hearld)

It may be decades before machines take the place of doctors — yes, it’s possible — but Bedford-based iRobot has won federal approval for a rolling robot that can now connect physicians with patients anywhere in the world.

January 10, 2013 1:06 pm

Healing Knees With Light-Activated Gel (Popular Mechanics)

When the knee’s vital cartilage erodes or tears, there isn’t much that doctors can do to save it. Researchers are exploring a new kind of hydrogel that may lead to more optimistic odds of recovery.

December 31, 2012 12:04 pm

The Countdown, Episode 12 – Top 5 Space Stories of 2012! (Scientific American)

2012 is almost over and it’s time take a look back at the top space stories of the past year. We’ll find out what happened in the weeks and months after the news broke.

December 17, 2012 6:00 pm

Paralysed woman's thoughts control robotic arm (BBC News)

Jan Scheuermann, who is 53 and paralysed from the neck down, was able to deftly grasp and move a variety of objects just like a normal arm.  Brain implants were used to control the robotic arm, in the study reported in the Lancet medical journal.

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