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Pain Management, January 2010, Volume 3, Issue 1

A collection of news updates and top stories focused on one specific condition. A quick paragraph to catch up on the news from the past month.

Editors’ picks for this month’s best websites, news, resources, and online information for physicians.

Spot the Business Clichés

Test your business cliché knowledge and visual thinking skills with this fun “find-it” game from XPLANE, an “information design consultancy that collaborates with companies to create understanding.” The clever, holidays-themed hidden-picture-type quiz includes 57 business clichés, from “bought the farm” to “win-win situation.” Kick back and kill some time, and even test your staff and colleagues to see who can finish first.

Rheumatology Image Bank

Organized by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), this online collection showcases more than 1,500 rheumatology-related images. Conditions featured range from the relatively common (osteoarthritis, gout, lupus) to the exceedingly rare (multicentric reticulohistiocytosis, relapsing polychondritis). Descriptive information is included below each image, including an image analysis, disease state, body site, image type, and color mode. Become a member of the ACR and you’ll receive complimentary downloads; otherwise it’s $295 for an annual download subscription.

Popular Science Best of What’s New 2009: Health

Upon seeing inventions like the Snuggie for the first time, everyone has a “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment. That’s how we felt when we read about TruFocals, the first pair of glasses to offer fully adjustable focus via a sliding mechanism that squeezes a silicon-based liquid inside of a flexible inner lens. Dang. Well, we can at least take solace in the fact that we could never have invented the Xhale HyGreen (a wireless sensor that tags staff who aren’t scrubbing properly), Purleve hygienic door handle (it ever gets dirty), or any of the other products on this list.

Twitter Cheat Sheet

This posting to the Social Media Guide blog—which “provides helpful advice and tips on connecting you to others, through the use of social media and social networks”—answers many commonly asked questions about Twitter, all in one compact page. The handy resource covers commands, search parameters, terms, resources, and directories.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Healthcare Reform Proposals

The Kaiser Family Foundation provides this interactive tool that shows side-by-side comparisons of “the leading comprehensive reform proposals across a number of key characteristics and plan components,” including “proposals for moving toward universal coverage that have been put forward by the President and Members of Congress.” Last updated on January 4, this site offers downloadable PDFs that compare the House-passed and Senate-passed bills, the three Congressional authorizing committee proposals, and a side-by-side comparison of all proposals and topics.

Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)

Provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this resource enables physicians to search and browse US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on their PDA or mobile device (including the iPhone). The ePSS helps clinicians to identify “the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients,” and can sort by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors.

From the HCPLive Network

Live Blog from the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show

Check out this archived blog, in which MDNG editorial board member Larry Chu, MD, covered CES live from Las Vegas, providing thorough commentary, answers to readers’ questions, and personal video, accompanied by related videos and tweets from those covering the event on Twitter.

Will Tablets, e-Readers, and Netbooks Bridge the Gap between Smartphones and Laptops?

In this report, the AP’s Haven Daley, from CES in Las Vegas, explains how companies are aiming to bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops by offering new tablets, e-readers, and netbooks.

Texting Can Improve Medication Use, Chronic Disease Treatment

Text messaging has gotten a bum rap lately, but for doctors treating patients with chronic diseases, text messaging can be an invaluable tool, according to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center pediatrician Delphine Robotham.

Google Corner

Spot the Business Clichés

Test your business cliché knowledge and visual thinking skills with this fun “find-it” game from XPLANE, an “information design consultancy that collaborates with companies to create understanding.” The clever, holidays-themed hidden-picture-type quiz includes 57 business clichés, from “bought the farm” to “win-win situation.” Kick back and kill some time, and even test your staff

and colleagues to see who can finish first.

Flu Shot Finder

‘Tis the season to be… stricken with the flu. If you’re not able to get seasonal or H1N1 flu vaccines in your office, help your patients find them using this helpful tool from—guess who—Google. Using the Google Maps platform, the service asks users to simply enter a location in order see the closest spots where they can get vaccinated. Each location is shown on the map, with a corresponding phone number and information on when the vaccines are provided. A link is also provided to the appropriate state’s department of public health for additional listings. What will Google think of next?

Fact Finder

Need to find some facts quickly? Go to Google Squared under Google Labs. Enter the topic for which you need facts and click “Square it.” Google Squared will automatically construct a table of facts about any category that you specify.

Sightseeing Planner

At a conference and have some time to check out the host city? Find attractions near your hotel or the convention center by going to City Tours through Google Labs. Simply enter an address or city into the search field, click search, and tourist destinations will ppear on a map of the city, complete with information and links to information on each destination.