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Freezing Ourselves: Medicine of the Future?

When I was nine, I used to wonder whether it would be more painful to freeze to death or burn to death. I vividly imagined both scenarios, and decided that freezing would be the way to go - less pain overall.

Twenty-five years later, I'm coming back to the idea of freezing people, but as a way to save lives instead of a way to die.

Social networks, Twitter, and the practice of medicine

I think I am behind the times.  I just came across a social network for physicians—Ozmosis—that has been around for more than a year.  I'm not going to undertake comparing it to Sermo, which is perhaps the best-known physician-only site.  At least one other blogger has already done that.  I stumbled upon Ozmosis while looking for something else, but what caught my attention was the closing line of another blogger's post: "Share this post with YOUR physician today; wouldn't you rather have a health care provider who is connected to a network that can help him provide even better care for you?"  That sounds good in theory, but I wonder if it is true.  I would be interested to see any research that indicates that social networks for physicians are likely to improve health outcomes. 

Ulcer-Fighting Yogurt

While new studies find associations between some food and disease pretty much every day, this study is the first study I can remember that tests the curative properties of a specific food: yogurt. Described as both functional and tasty, the yogurt contains a an antibody called IgY-Urease, which blocks a bacterium, which is the leading causes of ulcers, from attaching to the stomach.

More on the smartphone as a mobile health tool

A special report recently released by iHealthBeat states that physicians are adopting smart phone technology faster than other U.S. consumers. "According to Manhattan Research, 54% of U.S.

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