Apple’s iPad on medical rounds, a hands on physician review

by Felasfa Wodajo, MD

Recently, we had the chance to check in with Dr. Henry Feldman. He had posted a detailed summary of his experiences using the iPad as his main interface while rotating on service for a week as a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess hospital (BIDMC) in Boston. Dr. Feldman is also Chief Information Architect for the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians.

The summary of the …

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Depressed elderly at risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

by John Gever

Elderly people who are depressed may be at twice the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease over time — but it’s unclear whether depression causes dementia or vice versa, researchers said.

Among more than 900 participants in the original Framingham Heart Study, almost 22% of those who were depressed when screened between 1990 to 1994 were diagnosed with dementia over 17 years of follow-up, compared with 16.6% of …

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Being admitted to the ICU over the weekend increases risk of dying

by Nancy Walsh

Patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) over the weekend face a greater likelihood of dying compared with those admitted on a weekday, a meta-analysis suggested.

The meta-analysis, encompassing more than 180,000 weekend and weekday ICU admissions, found that even after adjusting for disease severity, the odds ratio for death among those admitted to an ICU over a weekend was 1.08 (95% CI 1.04 to 1.13, P<0.001), according …

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Draw a Person test to help with pain management diagnosis

by Leonard R. Friedman, MD

In diagnosing areas of chronic pain for adult pain management, I have come across a helpful test which I have unable to peer review.

It is the Draw a Person test.  Pain management physicians have not used this easily identifiable test to evaluate the subconscious of the patient.  This is done by asking the patient to draw a male and a female, with …

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