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Physician, photographer, and tech junkie

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177 Reviews by Rod

1/21/11

For those experiencing hearing loss, it is easy to get overwhelmed with information. Many sites are out to just make a buck selling hearing aids to those who are in need. This website is by the American Academy of Audiology and serves as a great information resource for both patients and healthcare professionals. They can help you find an audiologist and have information on hearing aids and implants.

11/19/10

Healthday.com is a news site for the latest medical news for both consumers as well as physicians through their http://www.physiciansbriefing.com/ website. They syndicate their news to other sources including government websites. I like going directly to this site to get the latest evidence based healthcare news and the site is well organized by speciality. It is a great resource for consumers who have a particular concern or disease as they can sign up to receive updates on that particular concern so when there is new information available or a new study, they can read about it.

11/19/10

Vaccination has been the subject of debate for many new parents as well as seniors who wonder if they should be getting flu and pneumonia vaccines. On the internet people can find evidence to support pretty much anything as many sites exist that will tell people to avoid vaccines because of their potential side effects. Yet at the same time, vaccines today saves lives but because people cannot tangibly see the lives being saved, it makes it more difficult to support the cause for vaccination.

This website gives solid medical information to the public regarding vaccination and is a valuable resource for people researching almost any vaccine. The have a database of photos, case histories, legit references, etc.

11/15/10

DDD is one of the main companies trying to bridge the gap between the sparsely produced 3D games and movies and the abundance of 3DTVs and 3D PCs. They have algorithms that convert 2D content into 3D. While it is not going to be as impressive as content made specifically for 3D this does allow for people to get more use out of their current 3DTVs.

9/15/10

Fitbit is a neat little device that works like a nintendo wii tracking your daily movements and then calculating your total calories burned. I tried to order one but they are currently backordered as they seem to be in high demand. They do have a partnership with google health to upload your data. Probably a cool gadget for people to track their daily activities and as a physician, I would recommend that people always take the stairs rather than the elevator so if a device like this can inspire people to get more activity into their daily life that would be a good thing. They also claim it can track sleep, and that too could be useful for people to monitor. I like this device as simply a reminder for people to get exercise and get to bed early for sleep... I hope it catches on as it serves a good purpose in promoting health.

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9/15/10

Almost every company out there wants users to tag their photos, facebook, google, flickr... they do this to organize the photos and allow them to become indexed. The value for the user is that now they also can locate their photos and their friends can find the photos too. Stipple has a great idea of making what they call dots on their photos and their system of tagging is far more robust and can be tagged anyone on the internet. Even more important is the revenue stream the user can generate if they tag their photos. If someone blogs about a celebrity and they happen to be wearing designer jeans in the photo, you can tag that specific part of the image and provide a direct link to buy that pair of designer jeans. I suspect it is only a matter of time before they can do this for video as well... then we can finally say goodbye to TV commercials and product placement will be all over the place.

8/20/10

This is one of the best resources on the internet for what they are calling alternative medicine. This encompasses a large database on herbs, supplements and vitamins. They list the relevant studies for almost all dietary supplements along with cautions and possible benefits. I recommend to that people do their research on sites like this before buying a new supplement

8/15/10

At first I was a little bit wary of paying $9.95/month for what used to be free on hulu for their new service hulu plus, but it really is a good deal since they stream it in much better quality it seems. Nice to be able to have all of the current season's TV shows as well. The combo of hulu plus and Netflix makes it seem like I rarely watch cable TV now. I am a big fan of HDTV and high quality images but the on demand feature of internet TV is just too alluring.

6/11/10

Great site for educating people about the importance of hormones in aging women and and overall great site on women's healthcare. They have compiled a great resource and I recommend this site to women looking for more information on health concerns ranging from breast health to menopause

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5/21/10

One of my favorite magazines along with wired as they have useful technology articles and information about the new practices in the workplace. Nice place to learn about innovative business opportunities.

5/14/10

You may wonder why anyone would waste their time researching how to cook in a clay pot, but unless you have tasted a chicken made in a clay pot you are missing out. Clay pot cooking allows for the meats to take on a very distinct flavor and texture that other methods of slow cooking cannot achieve. Romertopf is the leading brand of the many clay pots that are on the market and they will last you for years. The next time you decide to go out to dinner, instead go buy a cheap clay pot for $20 and a whole chicken for $8 and create a healthy meal for an entire family. Here is a recipe for your first clay pot chicken
http://homecooking.about.com/od/chickenrecipes/r/blpoul49.htm

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5/14/10

Web 2.0 meets karoke is the basis of this website. Think PS singstar but online only and you have using2.com. Seems like a pretty good site but it is not quite as good as singstar online through the PS3 right now. This may change over time as this site is free right now and if it gains momentum could get quite a bit of traffic. I'm sure other sites like this exist and with everyone using webcams and skype, hopefully this catches on. I can see Rock Band turning into a webcam and free internet based game.

5/11/10

I have purchased many glass pumpkins from Walker and Bowes and they have excellent craftsmanship. The owners of this company also created The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) which is a not-for-profit glass institute and workshop. Their pumpkins make great gifts during the holiday season.

5/8/10

There are many so called "super fruit" drinks out on the market these days ranging from the MLM monavie bottles to what you can buy at whole foods. The bottom line is the juice and anti-oxidants from these types of supplements are beneficial for you and it is more a matter of which one to buy. I have tried youth juice and it tastes pretty good and for the price is a solid deal and therefore I do recommend it to friends and family. I have also simply bought bottles of acai/noni from whole foods and those also cost around $30 for a months supply. When I recommend these types of things it often comes down to cost. If you can afford to have a monthly shipment of a juice come to your door then this isn't a bad deal. If you are not eating a handful of berries a day, then a juice like this is a good way to supplement your diet.

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4/26/10

Caltrain is the only real way to take public transportation from the southbay to SF since BART doesn't go down that far. People ask me all the time as a doctor how they can avoid getting sick taking public transportation and what I always say is never touch anything with your hands... doorknobs, railing, etc. Use a glove or the end of a shirt... those saniwipes don't do much so it is better not to bother with those things and avoid contact with the railings that everyone else touches. The bike cars are the ones that have the least amount of people who could have colds/flus as if they are taking their bike the odds are they are not sick, so that is the car I sit in. The only big drawback of Caltrain is that they decided against giving us public free wifi on board and have tabled that idea until the future. Until then you have to bring you own wifi on board with you but expect to lose connection now and then as you go through dead areas.

4/1/10

There have been many people interested in doing business with China and in particular their wholesale electronics industry. This site is affiliated with the CES (consumer electronics show) that is typically held in Vegas every year. Those interested in doing business with China may want to look into either attending the conference or looking at their list of vendors as a guide to what companies to consider for business relationships. Many of these vendors also will work with individuals and ship them products as well.

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6/19/09

Dysport is the new Botox that was recently approved by the FDA. It is also derived from botulinum toxin just like Botox, but it is a new drug recently developed by Ipsen a French company. Medicis licenses the drug and distributes it in the US along their top selling Restalyne and Perlane. This is the first real competition Botox has faced in the injectable market.

5/30/09

29 inches is the now the fastest way to ride a mountain bike and this site has the best collection of reviews out there for 29ers. No longer just a fad promoted by Gary Fisher, it has become more of a reality and many forks including Fox are now designing for this larger ride. Who needs full suspension if you have 29er?

9/24/08

Solar powered iPhone 3G case - http://shop.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=02849

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7/15/08

Great gadget website - one of my favorite sites for new electronic gadgets... easier to find cool new toys on this site than on big sites like cnet.

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