Top 5 Coolest Med Tech of the Week

With all the new iphones, tablets, and smartwatches coming out these days, it’s easy to forget that technology is revolutionizing how we do medicine. Here are the top 5 coolest medical devices and innovations of the week!   5. Apica Access, Stabilization, and Closure (ASC) Device for Beating Heart Valve Replacement The ASC system will allow surgeons to implant prosthetic aortic and mitral valves, all while the heart is beating. Once the implantation is complete, the device quickly stabilizes and seals the tissue obviating the need for sutures, minimizing blood loss, and decreasing risk of air embolism.   4. A Flushable Bedside Toilet Coming soon, to a bedside near you, is a new toilet that overcomes a conventional toilet’s need for wide, flexible tubing on a gradient. Instead, this toilet employs a processor that macerates the waste and disposes it through pressure pumped tubes that are 20mm wide. These pipes will go where no pipes have gone before.   3. Firefly Fluorescence Imaging Vision System Intuitive Surgical’s Firefly System has just received FDA approval. Indocyanine green (ICG) dye is injected into the bloodstream and naturally attaches to albumin. A 803 nm wavelength laser illuminates the dye revealing blood vasculature as well as providing real-time imaging of bile ducts. Glow-in-the-Dark stuff just never gets old…   2. VenaSeal Sapheon Vein Closure System Venous Reflux disease, a weakening of the valves...

The Big Reveal…

After weeks of anticipation, my results have arrived! When I logged on to 23andme.com today, I was greeted with this message: Which kind of made me feel like this: And with that, I began. At first, it’s overwhelming. There’s literally a page of results, hundreds to sift through, and it’s hard to know where to begin. Do I want to dive in to the nitty-gritty and see if I have the BRCA1 gene or do I want to look at my traits and judge whether or not my genes were able to properly recreate me in a petri dish somewhere? I opted to start with the traits. With somewhat eerie accuracy, the results included “an increased prevalence of having a prominent ring of pigmentation around the iris”– which is a physical trait I am most known for and, to be honest, wasn’t expecting 23andme to pick up on. Of course, eye color is pretty much the focus of every high school biology Punnet Square, so I shouldn’t have been that surprised. I have to admit, at first, I felt a little odd. Did 23andme really know me?  So, I pressed forward, taking everything with a grain of salt, of course. When reviewing results like this, it’s important to keep in mind that only a portion of your genetic make-up can be analyzed in this manner; science has come a...

House of God Author, Sam Shem, Produces Play on Alcoholics Anonymous

Samuel Shem, author of The House of God, delves into his motivations and inspirations for writing the internationally acclaimed play, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. The play tells the story of the extraordinary beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous and its co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who developed the organization out of a surprising revelation. The revenues and donations from the play will go to a national tour of medical and college campuses to address the epidemic of binge drinking. The show is currently playing at The Soho Playhouse in New York City. For tickets go...

A Periodic Table Tells You Who Knocks and Who Opens the Door

As one of the best shows in television history, Breaking Bad has a remarkable amount of elements that make the show so electric and thrilling. Finally, we have a periodic table to put them all in order, thanks to this brilliant infographic. Some key elements: 1. Skyler White’s coin points to her indecisiveness and constant moral conflicts 2. Marie’s obsession with the color purple is duly noted 3. Hector Salamanca’s bell 4. A coffee mug for Gale’s “superior coffee” 5. Anyone remember what the chili pepper is for? (answer on bottom)   Infographic from Visual.ly | Beutler Chili powder was used in Jesse’s original meth (Chili P, yo!)...

The 11 Types of Physicians. Which Are You?

  Do any of these cartoons seem familiar? Or are there more than 11...

Watch These 12 Amazing Documentaries On Netflix Instant And Abandon All Hope Of Productivity

It’s almost Thanksgiving and all productivity is coming to a crawl. Hopefully you’ve completed your work before the holiday celebrations and have some time to spend with the family and abandon all productivity. These amazing documentaries will be sure to help you kick back and do nothing. 1. Man on Wire I avoided Man on Wire for a few years – something about an Oscar-winning documentary on a French tightrope walker who crossed the Twin Towers sounded too much like smug, hollow Art (with a capital A). Well, my loss. Man on Wire is exceptionally well-done, and one of the most thrilling documentaries I’ve ever seen. And you know what? It’s pretty freaking beautiful too, self-conscious Artiness be damned. It also happens to be the 2nd best reviewed film in the history of Rotten Tomatoes (trailing only Toy Story 2, believe or not), boasting 151 positive reviews out of a total of…151 reviews. So if you don’t like it, you’re not just a jerk, you’re a statistically anomalous jerk.   2. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure In 1987, two post-grad roommates started recording the outlandishly vitriolic and dysfunctional arguments that occurred between their alcoholic, fifty-something neighbors (one clearly gay, the other seemingly an oppressive homophobe) – fights which routinely ended with one repeatedly taunting the other, “Shut up, little man!” This documentary about how those private fights...

Cersei Lannister and Sesame Street Team Up To Teach Medical Students a Valuable Lesson

If you watch Game of Thrones, this video is entirely bewildering. Cersei Lannister being nice? And patient? And also, she has brown hair? That’s some twilight zone s***. Either way, Cersei and her furry friend have teamed up in this ridiculous video to teach all med students the key to doing well in school and building a successful medical career.   Featured image is a screen shot from the video...

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