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Health Docs 2008.11.17. November 17, 2008

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Heath Docs – A weekly overview of health related issues that circulate the Web!

Let’s see what is making the headlines this week in the medical community:

1. Philips develops iPill, the “intelligent pill” that may deliver drugs to targeted locations throughout the digestive system. The pill monitors pH thus pinpointing its location.

2. German doctors cure patient suffering from AIDS. He has been free of disease for 2 years now!

3. Honda makes walking assist device available. It not only helps patients with neurological disorders walk easier, but it also helps hold the weight of patients thus enabling them to “sit” whenever it is necessary.

4. Google helps keep track of the flu epidemic online, 2 weeks ahead of CDC!

5. Attendees to this year’s American Society For Reproductive Medicine conference were lucky enough to receive these USB memory sticks:

– Andras

Health Docs 2008.04.23. April 23, 2008

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Heath Docs – A weekly overview of health related issues that circulate the Web!

Let’s see what is making the headlines this week in the medical community:

1. The oldest known person turned 115 last Sunday! One of only 75 living people (64 women and 11 men) who is 110 or older, scientists are hoping that Edna’s DNA can unlock the “Holy Grail” of longevity. Is having a long life a genetic thing? It’s definitely possible. In fact, nearly all centenarians have a sister, mother, or other relative who lived a long life. The same is true for Edna, whose two sisters lived to be 99 and 88.

2. Medicexchange.com presents an interesting case of intrahepatic gas. It is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition that has to be differentiated from many other conditions such as ischaemic bowel, ulcerated colorectal carcinoma, inflammatory bowel disease and perforated peptic ulcer amongst others.

3. NeuroLogica Blog discusses and interesting surgical procedure that was supposedly done with no anesthesia! “Mr. Lenkei, who is a professional hypnotist, “hypnotized” himself prior to having surgery on his right hand for osteoarthritis.” Truth or lie? Find out for yourself at the NeuroLogica Blog.

4. You can read about a treadmill/computer combo at the HealthBolt. The Mayo Clinic is actually behind the project, trying to help overweight people loose some excess weight. Find out for yourself why “walking while you work is NEAT.”

5. Scheduled to be released on the 21st of May, 2008 (my birthday:), people are already crazy about the Wii Fit. It broke almost all game sale records in Japan, and now it is making its way to the U.S. and Europe. Can a console game actually make you loose weight? Well, even if it does not succeed, it might make people go out and try soccer, skiing and other great sports. We will see soon enough.

– Andras

Health Docs 2008.04.07. April 7, 2008

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Heath Docs – A weekly overview of health related issues that circulate the Web!

1. The American Heart Association is letting everybody know that even if you aren’t trained in CPR, jumping in and administering chest compressions if you witness an adult collapse after having a heart attack is more than twice as likely to save his life than just calling 911 alone.

2. A Congressional hearing was held about Second Life on the 2nd of April, 2008. Members of Congress were lead into the virtual world of Second Life by business leaders, academics, and tech whizzies. The session was broadcasted both on Tv and streamed online in the world of Second Life. Since this virtual world gets and increasing attention from Business, Technology and Medicine, it was high time for political decision makers to get acquainted with it.

3. You have probably heard about The Da Vinci Surgical Robot. It is not so much a robot but more of an extension of the surgeon’s arms that allows for greater precision. Now researchers are adding an attachment which can track the surgeon’s eye movements and present a three-dimensional map of the area of the patient at which the surgeon is looking. It does this by combining live imagery with a collection of scans of the patient taken prior to the surgery.

4. Recently declassified documents describe exotic military weapons that could beam words directly into people’s ears, cause epilepsy-like seizures or externally raise body temperature for the sake of crowd control. (Read original pdf. )

5. Over its 10 year history Viagra has helped more than 25 million men in alleviating their erectile dysfunction. As The Wonder Drug turns ten, I invite you to read a couple interesting real life articles about the many possible uses and drawbacks of syldenafil citrate.

Enjoy!
– Andras

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