This year, the Better Health team will be offering live coverage of healthcare’s largest tech conference: HIMSS in Atlanta, March 1-4. Three medical bloggers, Dr. Val Jones, Dr. Mike Sevilla, and Dr. Nick Genes will interview over 40 different exhibitors and stream their interviews live via UStream. You can ask questions of the interviewees by submitting questions to
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Here are the top posts from the past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. Why I had to fire my primary care doctor 2. Why the Mayo Clinic is refusing to see Medicare patients 3. Good doctors sometimes may make patients unhappy 4. How root cause analysis can improve patient safety 5. The Haiti earthquake damage to hospitals and health care infrastructure 6. 5 reasons ...

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Magician David Blaine's lecture from TEDMED 2009, describing what it took for him to hold his breath for 17 minutes. classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="430" height="295" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">

"Vegetables are all your body needs." Brilliant ad from the International Vegetarian Union. (via Movin' Meat and Laughing Squid)

Have you ever wanted your Lego bricks to undergo a CT scan? Well, wonder no more. Someone did it. From the commentary: "This is a volume rendering based on the axial scan. Note that the density of the bricks is different for each ...

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There's something strangely disturbing about the anatomical imagining of cute Hello Kitty's insides. (via Street Anatomy and Dr. Romanelli)

Happy Halloween, courtesy of an inpatient unit with entirely too much time on their hands. (via Dr. Wes)

Concept photos imagines what hospital life would be like if IV bags were trendy. designer-iv-bag Reminds me of the custom teddy bear blood transfusion bag that I saw earlier this year. teddy-bear-transfusion-bag (via Better Health and Medgadget)

There have been various theories about the sudden death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including, poisoning, syphilis, kidney failure, and even Henoch–Schönlein purpura. mozart But, in a fascinating article from the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers have suggested a simpler explanation: streptococcal infection. Deaths in Vienna during the winter of 1791 were analyzed, and it was found that, "Tuberculosis and related conditions ...

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Here are three cardiac surgery simulations that will bring out the inner heart surgeon in all of us. The first is the most intense, complete with a dramatic background heartbeat. It's Virtual Open Heart Surgery: heart surgery For something more cheery and less scary, you can try this Heart Operation simulation from the UK:
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