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March 25, 2010

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Binder clip desktop cable organizer


Wrote reader Addie along with the link she just sent me: "Brilliant!"



Commented Joe Peach: "Nice. (Almost free is good)"

Joe must hail from a different planet than me 'cause from where I'm striding on my treadmill, that looks awfully free....


[via Holy Kaw!, Lifehacker@mattcutts and David Rudolf Bakker in lifehacking.nl]

March 25, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

UniCorn Corn Holders


4 pairs of UniCorns (8 pieces total), two for each cob.

$7.99 (corn not included).

[via bennybb]

March 25, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Sign of the times


[via Dahlia Rideout and divine caroline]

March 25, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Lumbar Sculptor — World's first Aeron strap-on


Why pay more?


March 25, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Edmund de Waal: From Zero


The British potter's


current show


at London's Alan Cristea Gallery


is drawing


rave reviews.


Though April 17, 2010.

March 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



[via 9GAG]

March 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Should doctors Google their patients?


Above, the headline of a post in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal "Digits" blog focusing on an essay in the latest edition of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, which outed one of medicine's dirty little secrets, namely that doctors Google their patients just like their patients Google them.

According to Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, the author of the WSJ piece, "The practice [of doctors Googling patients] appears to be widespread."

For what it's worth, I've never Googled a patient.

But I digress.

The authors of the journal essay wrote that in some cases the doctors' Googling was motivated by "curiosity, voyeurism and habit."

Just wait till the current generation of teenagers finish med school.

One of the paper's authors, Dr. David Brendel, said in an interview, "Most patients would probably be shocked that their doctor had the time or the interest to conduct a search like this. A good number of people would feel like their privacy had been breached...."

Brendel went on to say that he and his co-authors had themselves Googled patients and had witnessed other physicians conducting searches.

The authors of the paper said that doctors should consider asking the patient for consent.

Don't hold your breath.


Here's the abstract of the journal article.


Patient-Targeted Googling: The Ethics of Searching Online for Patient Information

With the growth of the Internet, psychiatrists can now search online for a wide range of information about patients. Psychiatrists face challenges of maintaining professional boundaries with patients in many circumstances, but little consideration has been given to the practice of searching online for information about patients, an act we refer to as patient-targeted Googling (PTG). Psychiatrists are not the only health care providers who can investigate their patients online, but they may be especially likely to engage in PTG because of the unique relationships involved in their clinical practice. Before searching online for a patient, psychiatrists should consider such factors as the intention of searching, the anticipated effect of gaining information online, and its potential value or risk for the treatment. The psychiatrist is obligated to act in a way that respects the patient's best interests and that adheres to professional ethics. In this article, we propose a pragmatic model for considering PTG that focuses on practical results of searches and that aims to minimize the risk of exploiting patients. We describe three cases of PTG, highlighting important ethical dilemmas in multiple practice settings. Each case is discussed from the standpoint of the pragmatic model.


Note added Thursday, March 25, 2010 (the day after the post): One of the paper's authors graciously sent me a PDF file with the entire article, including references. Anyone who wants a copy, email me directly and I'll send it to you.

March 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Infinite USB — One port to power them all


Designed by Gonglue Jiang.


[via Brogui]

March 25, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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