Monthly Archives: April 2019

Optical Fibers for 3D Tissue Imaging Inside Body

Researchers at RMIT University in Australia have developed a technique to allow an optical fiber probe to obtain 3D images of tissues deep within the body. The technology could pave the way for minimally invasive 3D optical biopsies. An optical biopsy allows clinicians to view tissues in real-time within their native environment, and avoids the … Continue reading

Functional Clothing Fibers Protect Wearer from Chemical Agents

Exposure to chemical agents is a possibility not only during warfare, but is a reality for many working in factories and other facilities. Researchers at North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center have now developed a new type of coating, designed to be applied to textile fibers, … Continue reading

Smart Fabric Can Sense Motion to Help Physical Therapy Patients to Optimize Recovery

Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a low-cost motion-sensing fabric that physical therapy patients can wear on their arm. The fabric can provide patients with feedback about the most appropriate arm angles to take in order to help accelerate recovery. It also allows clinicians to test an injured patient’s recovery and the effectiveness of physical … Continue reading

The politics and commercialization of fecal transplants

0 Shares Share Tweet Share The New York Times is interested in fecal transplants. This is the euphemistic term for taking feces, poop, crap, sh*t, bowel contents from one person and putting it into another person. There are various procedures for doing this, from drying it and putting it into capsules to making it liquid … Continue reading

What do we do when guidelines come crashing into the real world?

0 Shares Share Tweet Share Every day, as we care for our patients, we are placed in a unique position, where we are armed with the world of literature, randomized controlled trials, society recommendations, national screening and practice guidelines, and more, working to prompt us to try and do what’s best for each patient in … Continue reading

Innovative approaches to solve physician burnout

1 Shares Share Tweet Share Health care organizations are moving to address clinician burnout with a real sense of urgency. It is now commonly accepted that burnout is widespread among health care professionals and has serious repercussions for patient safety and the quality of care. A report released by several major Massachusetts health care organizations labeled the … Continue reading

Narcotics are not necessary for recovery after plastic surgery

1 Shares Share Tweet Share When it comes to plastic surgery, I have found that many people — doctors included — expect post-surgical pain, so they plan for that assumption. This means preparing for days, weeks, or months of narcotics use. This mode of thinking begins long before any incisions are made, virtually guaranteeing a … Continue reading

Bias when treating supporters of President Trump

8 Shares Share Tweet Share President Donald Trump held a rally near my medical school last week. While sitting in a small conference room during a lecture the morning of the event, my professor chuckled while clutching his phone. He looked up and around at all of us, remarking that his friend had texted him … Continue reading

What physicians miss when thinking about side gigs

0 Shares Share Tweet Share In the search of looking for alternative sources of income in the last couple of years, I’ve had somewhat of an existential crisis that I think is worth sharing. As physicians looking for side gigs, we naturally limit the scope of that search to jobs that for the most part … Continue reading

A physician’s love-hate relationship with her pager

0 Shares Share Tweet Share When my colleagues and I reported for new intern orientation 19 years ago, we were given navy scrubs emblazoned with the residency program’s logo, a couple of creased and blindingly clean white coats, and, of course, a standard issue pager. I will admit that there was something thrilling about having … Continue reading