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Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon M.D.

This is a game for the iPhone for which I wanted to do a video review, but I see that others have already done it, so I will just embed their video.

Here is a description of this game:
Prepare to go micro! You are Dr. Awesome, the world’s most popular microsurgeon. A deadly strain of virus is attacking the population and you are tasked to defeat it before time runs out!

You must perform microsurgery to isolate and eradicate the mutagens that have infected your friends, personalized from your contact list. Cut and trap the offending viruses with your accelerometer-guided micro scalpel, avoid disruptive virus counter attacks and collect various power-ups to succeed. You’ll need a need steady hand to be the best!

So, the game doesn’t make any sense from a medical perspective. You are a surgeon cutting cells with some kind of micro laser ??!!##?? to kill the viruses. Although, Rocket Scientist’s Laser Scalpel Targets Individual Cells article from Wired got me thinking. One cool feature of this game is that it incorporates with your contact list on the phone, so your friends become your patients. Scary.

Take a look at the video review:


Dr. Awesome iPhone Review from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

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Four new iPhone medical apps

In two days, four new medical apps have appeared in the iTunes App store. You might want to check them out if you own an iPhone or iPod Touch.

1. The Human Body 2
Price: $2.99

This app will help you understand the basics of different systems:
1. The nervous system
2. Muscle System and parts
3. Some internal organs of the body
4. Skeletal System
5. And basics parts of the brain
Authors promise they will update the app every few months, but so far it doesn’t show much promise. For something much better in the same domain look at the Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards.

2. Medcalc
Price: free

MedCalc is a free medical calculator, that gives you easy access to complicated medical formulas and scores. It has been available on mobile platforms for almost a decade, so it leverages years of experience in bringing medical equations to physicians in an easy to use, yet very powerful format.

3. Sedation
Price: $4.99

This app provides quick access to procedural sedation and analgesia information. Imaging if you just meet someone and they were browsing through you iPhone to see what apps you have, and they saw one called Sedation. Ups, this guys is up to no good, I am not going on any more blind dates, ever!

Sedation includes medications, reversal agents, major tranquilizers, preparation, pretreatment, and calculated drug doses for the patient’s actual weight. It also supports kg and lbs. Drug details include doses, pregnancy category, preparation, onset, duration, indications, contraindications, major side-effects, method of use, approximate pharmacy cost, and more.

4. ATP3 Lipids
Price: $4.99

This app features:

  • Patients’ specific cholesterol classifications and goals
  • Specific therapeutic recommendations from the ATP III based on cholesterol levels and risk factors
  • Details of cholesterol management drugs (dosing, percentage change, side effects, and contraindications)
  • Complete Framingham Cardiac Risk calculator, shown automatically when needed
  • Fast input via the MediMath interface
  • Complete ATP III Quick Desk Reference and full report available within ATP3 Lipids
  • Maintains information across program uses
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openECGproject

open ECG project
I am proud to present to you the openECGproject. Something I helped to start up and the thing that kept me away from my blog for almost two weeks.

The openECGproject is essentially an online community conceived around a simple, but challenging and worthy goal – to develop an open source hardware and software solution for electrocardiography. More precisely, to develop an open source, low cost, and clinically functional 12-lead PC-based ECG with interpretive software.

The idea was conceived to help those hospitals and doctors, mainly from the Third World, who cannot afford similar currently available and expensive commercial products. Development of a free alternative could, I believe, have a profound impact on health care not just in poor countries, but in others too.

The whole project is philanthropic and depends on the efforts of volunteers who want to make a difference. Anyone can help, so be sure to visit the site, promote it and recommend it to others.

Thank you for your support.

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Optimism software helps you monitor your depression

It is estimated that depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. Depression is definitely the No.1 psychological disorder in the western world. Even more concerning is its rate of increase. If it keeps increasing at the current pace it will be the 2nd most disabling condition in the world by 2020, behind heart disease. Any idea which can help us defeat depression is surely welcomed, and the one I am presenting today makes perfect sense.

Optimism software for Windows and Mac is designed to help you understand your depression and take control. With it you can keep a record of all things that impact your mental health – positive and negative, and create reports and charts with connections between the things impacting your health. These reports you can then take to appointments with your health professional, to help them provide you with a better, more tailored treatment. Also, you can formulate a plan within the software for returning to health and remaining well.

Optimism software is available as a 7-day trial, so you can test it before buying and see if it suites your needs.

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Virtual heart

University College Hospital in London and Glassworks, a leading digital animation company, have developed the first easy to use, accurate, real time, 3D computer generated transoesophageal echocardiography simulator named HeartWorks. They believe this original teaching tool will revolutionize the teaching of electrocardiography and I can’t help but agree. The thing looks too real, like it is going to fall from the computer screen right into your hands.

Take a look at the video from Reuters.

Tip: Gizmodo

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CME application for iPhone

Company called ReachMD has released their Continuing Medical Education (CME) application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. This app is just great for all you busy healthcare practitioners who want to learn something new and earn free CME credits. After you install it on your iPhone you have to register, choose the program you are interested in, listen to it, and take the test. Very simple and convenient.

Take a look at some screen shots.

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Download ReachMD app for free.

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