Monday, March 30, 2009

Bill in Legislature pushes to put Hawaii medical records online

State lawmakers want to tap stimulus aid for electronic records plan

A system linking all hospital, patient and physician records via an online database would cut medical costs in Hawai'i and improve patient care by giving doctors immediate access to key information.

Friday, March 20, 2009

JABSOM Researchers find New Use for Clofazimine

An old anti-leprosy drug might provide an effective treatment for three devastating autoimmune diseases -- multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and type 1 diabetes -- say two Hawaii researchers and mainland colleagues.

The finding is reported in the Public Library of Science by Drs. Reinhold Penner and Andrea Fleig of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Queen's Medical Center, and researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University.

Clofazimine Inhibits Human Kv1.3 Potassium Channel by Perturbing Calcium Oscillation in T Lymphocytes

Star Bulletin Article 2/23/2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009-Grant Opportunities

*American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at the National Library of Medicine (NIH/HHS)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will invest more than $84 million from the Recovery Act, by September 2010, into basic and applied research in biomedical informatics through grants. Click the link below to learn about these grant opportunities.

JABSOM has created its own website to help its researchers with this new funding opportunity:

Monday, March 09, 2009

USMLE QBank for Step1 and Step 2 Exams

Founded by students at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, WikiTestPrep has served tens of thousands of medical students worldwide.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Medical Applications on the iPhone

Some Uses for Mobile Phones in Medicine
While Palm Pilot and Pocket PC are the more common handheld devices, the iPhone is gaining in popularity. To find medical applications for the iPhone, simply browse the "medical" category of the iTunes app store.

Medical Student Education-Over the next two years, each Ohio State College of Medicine student will receive a standard iPod Touch, equipped with specific medical software programs planned by the OSU College of Medicine.

Drug Information-Lexi-Comp is available on BlackBerry, Window Mobile and iPhone. Epocrates and many other drug information resources are available on various smartphone platforms.

Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring- iPhone Telemedicine Application which allows physicians to monitor vital signs of ambulant and home care patients at any time from their phone. Patients are given a small device which transmits their vitals to a secure server. Physicians can connect to the server with their iPhone to monitor the vital signs.

Medical Imaging-Well IBM and Merge Healthcare have decided to join together to provide a method to deliver medical images to an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Several articles have been written about radiology using iPods as a portable storage and viewing device.