Handheld spectral analyzer turns smartphone into diagnostic tool

August 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically require large, expensive instruments.

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Can a Crowdsourced AI Medical Diagnosis App Outperform Your Doctor?

August 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Shantanu Nundy recognized the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis when his 31-year-old patient suffering from crippling hand pain checked into Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C.

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A gamer found a way to use his Nintendo Switch for VR

July 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Nintendo has been noncommittal when it comes to virtual reality, even though it filed a patent late last year that could turn its Switch console into a VR device. A YouTube blogger decided to take matters into his own hands, and found a way to demonstrate the potential the Switch holds for VR.

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Why Ethereum is outpacing Bitcoin

June 12, 2017 1 comment

While Bitcoin is currently trading at close to its all-time high, its dominance in terms of proportion of total cryptocurrency market cap is rapidly decreasing — ground largely given up to Ethereum. This shift is probably being driven by a few factors.

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Now Artificial Intelligence Is Inventing Sounds That Have Never Been Heard Before

May 20, 2017 Leave a comment

As well as beating us at board games, driving cars, and spotting cancer, artificial intelligence is now generating brand new sounds that have never been heard before, thanks to some advanced maths combined with samples from real instruments.

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From coding to cancer: How AI is changing medicine

May 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Regina Barzilay teaches computers how to learn. A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her work focused on natural language processing – training computers to understand human speech – until a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago.

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Facebook’s new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom will be licensed

April 21, 2017 Leave a comment

On day two of Facebook’s F8 conference, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s CTO showed off designs for two new 360 cameras that the company is going to help push to market.

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Artificial intelligence could build new drugs faster than any human team

April 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Artificial intelligence algorithms are being taught to generate art, human voices, and even fiction stories all on their own—why not give them a shot at building new ways to treat disease?

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Urgent Call to Action: How YOU can help defeat MOC

April 18, 2017 Leave a comment

I believe that this is an important message from Paul Teirstein M.D. that I received via E-mail. It needs to be spread more efficiently and thought making it a blog post would be a good way to help.


Dear Colleague,

Several states now have anti-MOC legislation pending. Recently the Georgia legislature passed HB 165, similar to Oklahoma’s SB 1148 which prohibits Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as a condition of licensure or reimbursement from third parties.  However, the ABMS and its member boards have been heavily lobbying state legislators to defeat the pending bills in other states (click here to view ABMS lobbying materials). Those of us opposed to MOC must educate legislators in these states regarding how MOC requirements are onerous, expensive, have no proven benefit, and are forced on physicians by conflicted, self-appointed private ABMS member boards.

Here is how you can make a huge difference:

  1. This is going to take you a few minutes. I spend hundreds of uncompensated hours per year on this issue. Please take 5 minutes of your time to help yourself and our profession.
  2. This is your action item:

Click here to effortlessly send a letter by email to your district’s state representatives. You will be asked to “register” by entering in your name, email and address.  That’s it.  From your address the system will pull your specific state bill and a letter tailored for your specific state representatives you can edit (if desired) and click to send to all your district’s legislators.  We have made it as easy as possible for you.

  1. There are currently many states with strong anti-MOC legislation pending. If your state currently has no anti-MOC legislation pending, your letter will encourage your representatives to create anti-MOC legislation.
  2. If you are curious and want to view all the sample letters we have written by state, click here.
  3. Please spread the word. We have 18,000 email addresses of physician supporters but we need many more. This will not work without your help getting this message out. Forward this email to your colleagues, your patients, your med staff office for hospital wide distribution, your specialty organizations, your FB, Twitter, Linked In and other social media friends.  (You can also refer them to the NBPAS Advocacy Webpage).
  4. To join the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS.org) and obtain continuous certification based primarily on AACME accredited CME, click here.

Thank you for your help and support


Paul Teirstein M.D.
National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS)

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Christian Assad, MD on Twitter

April 9, 2017 Leave a comment
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