Addressing Health Disparities to the Benefit of All

Guest post by Lisa Lang, head of NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Singer-actress Selena Gomez shocked her fans this past September with the announcement that she had received a kidney transplant to combat organ damage caused by lupus. Lupus, an autoimmune condition, strikes women much more than men, … Continue reading “Addressing Health Disparities to the Benefit of All”

The Rise of Computational Linguistics Geeks

Guest post by Dina Demner-Fushman, MD, PhD, staff scientist at NLM. “So, what do you do for a living?” It’s a natural dinner party question, but my answer can prompt that glazed-over look we all dread. I am a computational linguist, also known (arguably) as a specialist in natural language processing (NLP), and I work … Continue reading “The Rise of Computational Linguistics Geeks”

Larry Weed’s Legacy and the Next Generation of Clinical Decision Support

Guest post by Lincoln Weed, son of the late Dr. Lawrence L. Weed and co-author with him of the book Medicine in Denial  and other publications. Dr. Weed, who died June 3, 2017, was the originator of “knowledge coupling” tools for clinical decision support and the problem-oriented medical record, including its problem list and SOAP note components. “Patients are sitting on a treasure … Continue reading “Larry Weed’s Legacy and the Next Generation of Clinical Decision Support”

What does a glioblastoma look like?

Guest post by James G. Smirniotopoulos, MD, chief editor for MedPix®. Arizona Senator and former Vietnam POW John McCain was recently diagnosed with the most aggressive form of brain cancer: glioblastoma.  This is the same type of tumor that killed Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau and Senator Ted Kennedy. Glioblastoma originates in the brain. … Continue reading “What does a glioblastoma look like?”