Monday, March 26, 2007

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

iPods help docs improve stethoscope skill

Via EurekAlert:

During a single 90-minute session, 149 general internists listened 400 times to five common heart murmurs including aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral stenosis, mitral regurgitation and innocent systolic murmur. Previous studies have found the average rate of correct heart sound identification in physicians is 40 percent. After the session, the average improved to 80 percent.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Flickr: Buenos Días / Good Morning

Buenos días / Good Morning, originally uploaded by MMXXI.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Tekturna Approved by FDA

Via the New York Times:
The Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis said Tuesday that it had received United States approval for the hypertension drug Tekturna, a potential blockbuster that is the first new type of blood pressure medicine in more than a decade. Approval from the Food and Drug Administration makes the United States the first country to allow it to be sold. The drug is expected to reach American pharmacies later this month, the company said. Given in tablets, it acts by inhibiting renin, an enzyme secreted primarily by the kidneys that raises blood pressure.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Flickr: Lunar Eclipse

IMG_2934_pp, originally uploaded by maxcube.

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Saturday, March 3, 2007

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Friday, March 2, 2007

Visualization of "Map of Science"

Via information aesthetics:

a beautiful highly sophisticated "Map of Science", constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 scientific papers (shown as white dots) into 776 different scientific paradigms (red circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. links (curved lines) were made between the paradigms that shared common members, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms nearer one another when a physical simulation had every paradigm repel every other: thus the layout derives directly from the data. larger paradigms have more papers. labels list common words unique to each paradigm.

Flickr: Blue and Rust

Blue and Rust, originally uploaded by Auntie P.

Chronic Kidney Disease Present in 16.8% of U.S. Population

Via the CDC:

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious condition associated with premature mortality, decreased quality of life, and increased health-care expenditures. Untreated CKD can result in end-stage renal disease and necessitate dialysis or kidney transplantation. Risk factors for CKD include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity (1--3). To estimate the prevalence of CKD in the United States (overall and by health risk factors and other characteristics), CDC analyzed the most recent data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which determined that 16.8% of the U.S. population aged years had CKD, according to 1999--2004 NHANES data, compared with 14.5% from the 1988--1994 NHANES (i.e., NHANES III), an increase of 15.9% based on crude estimates of prevalence* (4). Persons with diabetes or cardiovascular disease had a greater prevalence of CKD than persons without those conditions. The results underscore the need to continue surveillance for CKD and its risk factors in the United States and to implement new strategies to reduce the number of persons with this condition.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Flickr: Tagged "Decay"

Walk this way..., originally uploaded by ec808x.

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