Monthly Archives: March 2017

iMedicalApps: VR Helps Bedridden Patients See Outside World

Multiple synched headsets allow whole families to participate • by Brian Chau MD March 23, 2017 An MIT startup, Rendever, is providing the opportunity for elderly patients with restricted mobility to experience the outside world through virtual reality. Rendever’s concept combines the use of multiple mobile VR headsets (appears to be a version of Samsung Gear… Read more »

Tree Nut Allergies Often Overdiagnosed

Skin, blood testing not very useful for identifying ‘co-allergy,’ study suggests by Salynn Boyles Contributing Writer March 27, 2017 More than 50% of people with documented allergies to peanuts or a single tree nut passed an oral food challenge to other tree nuts, despite showing skin or blood test sensitivity to those other foods, researchers… Read more »

Primary Care Procedures App a ‘Diamond in the Rough’

by Douglas Maurer DO, MPH March 08, 2017 Overall: A true diamond in the rough; the Proceducate medical app is an outstanding addition for primary care providers looking for affordable yet comprehensive options for reviewing/teaching common procedures. The video is most similar to Procedures Consult in format with excellent videos and fairly detailed text to… Read more »

Four More States Report Soy Nut Butter E. coli Infections (CDC)

Company issues product recall • by MedPage Today Staff March 08, 2017 Four more people from four additional states became infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 bacteria after consuming a certain brand of soy nut butter and granola, according to the CDC. Missouri, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin have all reported individuals becoming ill after consuming… Read more »

15 Tips for Preventing Infections in the Hospital

Hospitals are breeding grounds for MRSA, C. diff, and other bacteria. Use our expert advice to stay safe. By Consumer Reports Hospitals are breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria, including those that cause C. diff and MRSA infections. Some 650,000 people developed those and other infections after being admitted to U.S. hospitals in 2011, and 75,000… Read more »

The Pronovost Principles

Peter Pronovost, M.D., now senior vice president for patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, developed a checklist to prevent central-line infections more than 15 years ago. It’s still the gold standard. If a family member needs a central line, make sure hospital staff follows this protocol when placing or handling one… Read more »

3 tech breakthroughs that will change medicine

by Gienna Shaw | FierceHealthIT Mar 6, 2017 10:00am From brain implants to a map of human cells, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is out with its annual list of 10 breakthrough technologies. And although it’s peppered with cool stuff like face-detecting tech that can authorize payments and 360-degree selfies, three healthcare breakthroughs made this… Read more »

Not Feeling Well? Ask HealthTap’s ‘Dr. AI’

What to Do Next Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, ventures into healthcare • by Satish Misra MD March 03, 2017 – This post originally appeared on Amazon’s Alexa is a voice-activated virtual assistant that can do a lot of things, from controlling the lights and temperature in your house to ordering a box of diapers stat.… Read more »