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Playful sterile masks

Doctors and their uniforms can sometimes look intimidating to patients, especially children. This is particularly true when doctors are wearing sterile mask. Because of this, Amsterdam and Tokyo-based product, textile, and interior design studio Samira Boon decided to make sterile masks more playful. They say that their mask is no longer masking, but transforming the part of the face it is hiding. Currently there are 15 types of masks, varying from animals and human snouts, to zippers.

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Vaccine Record on iPhone

Vaccine record
Do you keep a vaccine record for your child? Do you know when and which shots has your child received? You would be surprised how many people don’t have a clue about this, from my experience almost 99%. But this can turn up to be a very important piece of information, especially if your child has to for any reason visit the emergency room. Child Vaccine Record app for iPhone lets you store this information and carry it with you all the time. Not only this, it can also keep a record of your child’s allergies and periodic measurements like height, weight, BMI, head circumference, body temperature and blood glucose values.

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Computerized Screening for Adolescent Behavioral Concerns

In the latest issue of Pediatrics, official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio have published a paper titled “Trial of Computerized Screening for Adolescent Behavioral Concerns“. This paper talks about the potential benefits of the Health eTouch systems to help pediatricians identify injury risks, depressive symptoms, and substance use among adolescent visiting urban clinics.

A total of 878 primary care patients 11 to 20 years of age where included in the study conducted in waiting rooms of 9 urban clinics. All of the patients where given wireless devices in clinic waiting rooms to answer questions about their health and behavior. The clinics were randomly assigned to have pediatricians receive these screening results either just before face-to-face encounters with patients (immediate-results condition) or 2 to 3 business days later (delayed-results condition).

What the study eventually found was that 59% of the respondents had positive results for 1 or more of the following behavioral concerns: injury risk behaviors, significant depressive symptoms, or substance use. Sixty-eight percent of youths in the immediate-results condition who screened positive were identified as having a problem by their pediatrician. This was significantly higher than the recognition rate of 52% for youths in the delayed-results condition.

Take a look at the video, including a short interview with one of the main researchers, to learn more.

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Neonatology vodcast

Couple of months ago my colleague Ileana Lulic, also a medical doctor from Croatia, and myself started to produce a vodcast in collaboration with Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University Hospital Rijeka. Vodcast is essentially a video podcast, online delivery of video on demand content via RSS feeds. Our vodcast was conceived with an idea to offer a quick review of the clinical examination of the newborn infant. Until today we have published 11 videos, in both Croatian and English, demonstrating the proper way to inspect primitive reflexes in the newborn infant, and 2 videos demonstrating procedures in neonatology (lumbar puncture and umbilical vein catheterization), currently only in Croatian.

You can view our videos here. To change between videos just change the slide at the left bottom.

Additionally you can visit our YouTube channel, our page at the iTunes store or subscribe to our RSS feed.

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