Are video podcasts are ready to replace medical lectures?

by Walter van den Broek, MD, PhD

Video podcasts are not ready to replace lectures.

This disappointing result is recently published online.

Teachers are eager to use new information technology to teach. When I’m doing a lecture at our medical school, these lectures are made to podcasts and posted on blackboard. Together with the slides, students can rehears or listen to the lecture afterwords when not present. …

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Percy Harvin and how sleep apnea affected his migraine headaches

by Diana E. Lee

It sounds like NFL Wide Receiver Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) is one of the luckier chronic migraine patients out there.

He was actually able to identify a specific reason for his drastically increased number of migraine attacks (sleep apnea) and implement a treatment that seems to be helping (CPAP). He is performing solidly and confidently and taking contact without any issues.

I know a …

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$11,000 hospital bill from the emergency department

by Steve Sanders, DO

“What am I going to do now Doc?” asked Mike, a down on his luck, 29 year–old recently unemployed truck driver, as he handed me his hospital bill.

Mike was seen at our local emergency department on a Friday evening with complaints of indigestion. Earlier that day he and his wife Susan celebrated their second anniversary by splitting a store bought pepperoni pizza. …

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Medical blog posts of the week, ending December 5, 2010

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. How a plumber charges more than a neurosurgeon. So there was a neurosurgeon who called a plumber for a house visit.

2. A neurosurgical resident’s typical day. I’ve made some fairly outrageous claims about the workload of a neurosurgical resident recently. Seems like a reasonable time to lay out exactly …

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