Jay Duker: What Does a Study on Twins Tell Us About AMD?

Jay S. Duker, MD, Director of the New England Eye Center, discusses the AREDS studies, which aimed to determine the causes of age-related macular degeneration and the modification of those risk factors found to be associated with the disease. Read more about the AREDS...

Rafael Yuste: How We’re Decoding the Entire Human Brain Within a Few Decades

  Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University, discusses the research goals of the brain activity map project. He explains the purpose of this ground breaking research is to develop tools that will allow scientists of the future to measure the activity of every neuron in the brain. The Brain Activity Map was recently cited by the Obama administration as the next big step to advancing medicine.   Read more about the Brain Activity Map.   Featured image from Flickr/Ars...

Motivational Videos for Medical Students

Motivation can be a fickle mistress in medical school. Every day is another inundation of information that must constantly be broken down and compartmentalized into the nooks and crannies of one’s own mind. As days become weeks become months, eventually the urge to keep learning begins to atrophy. Suddenly histology is no longer just boring, but a Sisyphus-like torture. It is usually during the fourth time I reread a sentence that I begin looking for something to keep me going. Sometimes it’s just moving on to another subject, sometimes it’s studying with friends, often times it is sifting through motivational YouTube videos in hopes that I can find my vitally necessary motivation fix. After a year of practice, here is a list of my favorite videos: 1. “Maybe it’s my Fault” Medical school is obviously a worthwhile endeavor. But as it turns out, doing something worthwhile takes a ton of work. Who better to put that into perspective than the greatest basketball player who has ever lived? 2. “ Rocky Speech” Honestly, I have listened to this speech countless times. Unless you’re especially gifted (and even if you are), medical school has a way of hitting you hard. Maybe it’s an attending shutting you down, maybe it’s failing at a test you tried your absolute hardest to do well on, or maybe it’s something completely outside of medical school that just adds to the pile. Regardless, in the words of Rocky himself,...

New Therapy to Reduce Symptoms of Autism via Cord Blood Stem Cells

Michael Chez, MD, Director of Pediatric Neurology at Sutter Health, examines the vast potential for the use of cord blood stem cell therapy in the treatment of autistic features of autoimmune disorders. Animal models and clinical trials indicate stem cells may modify nervous cell function as well as improve motor skills and speech.   Read more about Michael Chez,...

Throw Away Those Chem Sets, Move Molecules Hands ‘Free’

Leap Motion. It might be the future of interactive computing, but is it worth all the hype? The $80 Leap motion is a user interface controller that allows for 3D gestures, already with an app store full of games, to boot. The gesture-based controller can track your hands moving in a field above a three inch sensor bar. With a 150-degree field of view, it can analyze the motion of all 10 fingers down to a 1/100th of a millimeter. So all that cool motion gesture stuff Tony Stark does while building the Iron Man suits …yeah, that could be you.   Check out this demo: Simply put, the possibilities are endless. One of the most popular applications in its app store is Molecules, “a molecular visualizer. It is a file viewer that allows you to display three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulate them using a Leap Motion Controller.” The Leap Motion Controller lets you move an open hand in three dimensions to rotate and scale the molecular structure faster than you could with the 2-D input of a mouse. Lateral translation of a structure is accomplished by moving two open hands in parallel. So throw away those chemistry sets, this stuff is way more fun. The featured image is from...

Why We Should All Be Kids Again and Play Games

We all miss games. Tag. Red light, green light. Red rover, red rover….and those are just the classics. Check out why all games are actually good for you, and your learning capabilities!

Hospitalists! (‘Popular’ Parody From Wicked)

Short list of things to do when one moves to Las Vegas: 1. Treat gambling addiction with paradoxical chronic immersion therapy. Always bet on black! (and lose 50% of the time) 2. Eat at epic buffets at least twice daily. Obtain gastric bypass from one of several world-renowned local bariatric surgeons. Subsequently suffer from dumping syndrome. 3. Create fierce musical parody of the amazingly catchy tune “Popular” from the amazingly catchy musical “Wicked” (which can only be watched in it’s full glory at the brand new Smith Center for the Performing Arts in sunny Downtown Vegas)! Yes, dear friends, one out of three ain’t bad. And I’m certainly working on the other two. ZDoggMD Industries is proud to collaborate with the Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) to promote their epic national conference May 16-19 just outside of Washington D.C.! Sweet hotel, big party, and…oh yeah, CME and whatnot. Mad love to UMC Hospital right here in Downtown Vegas for letting us shoot on their wards and hijack their off-duty nurses and administrators. And super props to Josh.0 and our camera crew: Johnie Wood (camera op) – www.johniewood.com Andrew Dang (camera op) – www.dangfilmmaking.com Allyson Limon (bts photographer/choreographer) – www.allysonlimon.com   Lyrics for Hospitalists! (A Parody of “Popular” From The Musical Wicked): (DOWNLOAD SONG HERE!)   Whenever I see doctors less up to date than I (And let’s face it, even Up To Date’s less up to date...

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