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Trick of the Trade: Universal precautions for your iPad by Michelle Lin Medical Doctor Posted Tue 30 Oct 2012 12:00am iPads are increasingly being used in medical education in a variety of arenas, including the classroom, the bedside, and small group workshops. I recently taught in a procedures lab with unembalmed cadavers at UCSF's new anatomy lab  (on the 13th floor of the hospital with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate B ... Read on »
How can I tell if my patient has limited health literacy? by Dr. Aniruddha M. Medical Doctor Posted Wed 24 Oct 2012 10:35pm HELP is organizing a conference on “ Putting Patients First Through Health Literacy  “. This will be on Sunday, 2nd December’12 at Nehru Center at 10.30a.m. to 1.p.m.  The website is . The conference will be followed by a health literacy workshop in the afternoon. Helen Osborne, President, Health Literacy, a world reno ... Read on »
Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections by Christina Thielst Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Fri 20 May 2011 12:00am HHS has a new social media tool that relys upon a virtual world and avatars to help users see outcomes of their actions and make better decisions. This along with other examples demonstrate that we are finally starting to see social media being incorporated into healthcare operations and clinical care in a significant way. This is ... Read on »
Health Literacy Resources by Christina Thielst Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 29 Oct 2012 12:00am I recently looked for some reference materials on health literacy and came across the documents listed below.  Each had some valueable information or insight into health literacy and the impact on patient safety and outcomes.  Hopefully, a few of my readers will also find value in these resources. The Health Literacy Environment o ... Read on »
Questions and answers about HIV transmission by Vaidyan Charakan Posted Sun 04 Oct 2009 11:14pm What are the main routes of HIV transmission? These are the main ways in which someone can become infected with HIV: 1.Unprotected penetrative sex with someone who is infected. 2.Injection or transfusion of contaminated blood or blood products, donations of semen (artificial insemination), skin grafts or organ transplants taken from so ... Read on »
I’ve written about abuser’s remo... by Susan Patient Expert Posted Mon 29 Sep 2008 12:27am I’ve written about abuser’s remorse on here, where someone who has been abusive suddenly turns into a puddle and begs and pleads with you as you’re walking out the door. Abuser’s remorse is when this critical, controlling, angry person gets the hint that he (it’s usually a he, I’m not picking on you guys) has gone too far and must pull out al ... Read on »
The Abusive and Semi-Abusive Relationship by Susan Patient Expert Posted Fri 31 Dec 2010 9:14am Someone asked me about this after I posted the abuser’s remorse post, so I am reposting. If you know someone who is a DV situation, please forward!!! I’ve written about abuser’s remorse on here, where someone who has been abusive suddenly turns into a puddle and begs and pleads with you as you’re walking out the door. Abuser’s remorse is ... Read on »
Another Day, Another Scandal by Patrice S. Posted Thu 04 Apr 2013 11:00am  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Infection Control, Universal Precaution!!! I cannot begin to count the amount of times these topics are drilled into our heads on a daily basis. Dental students at my school are trained to practice and always take universal precautions, infection control and wear PPEs which is why I was appalled, alarmed a ... Read on »
Scientists Discover Hepatitis C Virus Can Remain Infectious Outside of the Body for Up to 6 Weeks by Health & Human Services Posted Fri 31 Jan 2014 9:02am By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H. , Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Ronald Valdiserri A recent study by researchers from the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health revealed that the hepati ... Read on »
TUBERCULOSIS – A CONTAGIOUS KILLER? by Stephanie S. Jewett Posted Sat 09 Apr 2011 12:00am Apr 09    Tuberculosis Bacteria           Is tuberculosis a contagious killer?  Well, it depends on which type of tuberculosis (commonly called TB) we are talking about, active or inactive.  Active tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease.  Just like the common cold, ... Read on »