FDA Update: Ophthalmic Device Panel Meeting To Review LASIK Safety

LASIK Safety Review On April 25, 2008, the committee will discuss general issues concerning the experience and quality of life of patients who have had LASIK. How Serious is the Problem?  Are the Patients Going Blind? Dr. Daniel Schultz, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said a number of concerns have been […]

Top Scientists Using Performance Enhancing Drugs

This is your brain on performance enhancing drugs Perhaps the top science journal in the world – Nature – reported today on epidemic-like levels of cognitive performance enhancing drug abuse by top academic scientists. why they began the survey The survey was triggered by a Commentary by behavioural neuroscientists Barbara Sahakian and Sharon Morein-Zamir of […]

New Technique Sees Inside Blood Vessels in a Microsecond

Technology Review is reporting on a new technology to look inside the tiniest spaces such as blood vessels in a microsecond. Up until now endoscopic surgery has been limited as engineers tried to shrink telescopes to ever smaller diameters shifting from glass lenses to fiberoptic scopes to newer technologies. You can read my brief history […]

Interactive Objects and Gesture Control-Microsoft Vision of Medical Future

Microsoft produced this video as a demo of their vision of the future of healthcare.  I was delighted to see that they share so much with my vision of technologies that will be key transformers in the future of medicine. Key technologies I predict will change health care that I see in the video include: […]

Can Vision Testing Improve Surgical & Athletic Performance?

Gizmodo is reporting today about how White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said he improved his performance though the daily use of a Nintendo video game. This reminded me of research I did while at Yale on similar visual testing on surgeons. We found back then that for both athletes, and surgeons (especially endoscopic surgeons) visual […]

Top 6 Most Dangerous Medication Abbreviations Now Banned in Hospitals

Medication errors in the hospital are a major cause of preventable suffering and death. I wanted to share with you the top 6 handwriting errors of doctors in the hospital that have been banned in to prevent these errors. First some background:  You may recall the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) study that found medication […]

Google Finished With Cataloging the Internet Moving on to Your DNA

It was just reported today that: “A Harvard University scientist backed by Google Inc. and OrbiMed Advisors LLC plans to unlock the secrets of common diseases by decoding the DNA of 100,000 people in the world’s biggest gene sequencing project.” What nothing better to spend $1Billion on?  Why are they doing this you ask…. Harvard’s […]

New Visual Search Engine Debut-Works with a cell phone photo! Medical Uses Next?

I have been following the consumer device CeBIT show in Germany.  Pocket-lint UK reports: At the CeBIT show in Germany, Vodafone is demonstrating a trial service called “Otello”, which is a search engine that uses images, rather than words.  Rather than use a word as a search term, Otello users can send images via MMS […]

How Smartdust, Souveillance, Web 3.0, and Personalized Genetics Will Transform the Future of Medical Diagnostics

There has been a flurry of debate in the military, industrial, and privacy sectors on “smartdust” and the concept of “souveillance” – but no one has yet realized this technology is poised to springboard into medicine and transform medical diagnostics.  Here I wanted to give you an overview of what this idea is and why […]

EMR=CloneWars? – Hidden Dangers to Patient Care

CRMbuyer is reporting on the benefits of using voice recognition for EMR’s in medicine and presents a series of case studies from the ER.  There is a danger here in EMR’s I have not seen reported that voice recognition may help with  – but first some of their stats on adoption rates in the ER […]