Doctors defy gravity in space-age surgery

September 28, 2006

An operation done in space yesterday (September 27, 2006) has shown that human beings can be operated on in space without much difficulty.
This operation was designed to test the effects of weightlessness on the human organism during surgical intervention. Blood pressure is lower in space, for example, and bleeding is different, so that the team had to build a special vacuum collector. The experiment was also designed to see what techniques were needed for handling equipment — in this case, the doctors’ instruments were attached to the operating block with magnets.

What’s next? These researchers hope to develop robot “surgeons” that can operate with guidance from Earth.

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Free (!!) IT Workshops

September 28, 2006


Want to learn how to use Photoshop? How about Flash or Dreamweaver (HTML)? Maybe even Excel (..just maybe..) and others. Well, here’s your perfect opportunity to do so. The Arts ISIT and the UBC Library are hosting a series of free, I repeat free, workshops aimed at students (and staff and faculty) who want to learn how to use these applications. Be sure to check out their schedule here.

MWF 12-1 pm
Buchanan B114

AMS Volunteer Connections Fair

September 27, 2006


Monday to Thursday, September 25 to 27
SUB North Concourse
Want to reach out to your community through a medium other than Instant Messenger? The Volunteer Fair is your source for information on getting involved with meaningful volunteer work on campus and around Vancouver.

From speaking with a bunch of you during Club Days, many of you were seeking volunteer opportunities. Well, this will be a great place to connect and find volunteer posisitons! Be sure to check it out. Unfortunately, it’s not clear whether this lasts until the 27th (Wednesday) or Thursday (28th). Yikes!

1 computer + 1 radiologist = 2 radiologists

September 26, 2006

A study found that using computers to read mammograms can significantly speed up the detection of breast cancer. Breast X-rays scanned by a computer as well as a radiologist were as successful as those read by two radiologists.

The study by Cancer Research UK scientists uses software called Computer Aided Detection, or CAD. CAD technology is already available in the US and some European countries, but has not been assessed for UK breast screening.

Does anyone know if CAD technology is available in BC?

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Ice Breaker

September 25, 2006


I hope everyone got an Evite in their e-mail about the Ice Breaker. If not, you can check out the invitation here.

Update: new link!

Host: UBC MedFusion
Location: Woodward IRC Room G66
When: Wednesday, September 27, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
You’re invited to the UBC MedFusion Ice Breaker! Meet the execs, find out what the club is about and share your suggestions for this year’s programming.

Free pizza and pop for members!
$2 pizza and $0.75 pop for non-members!

Please REPLY (below) and indicate how many pizza slices you would like and your preference (MEAT or VEGGIE) in the COMMENT box!

Listen to President Bush explain what Medical Informatics is all about

September 24, 2006

If you’re still wondering what Medical Informatics is all about, listen to this 37-minute speech on “Better Healthcare, Better Technology”:

Or click here to view a full transcript of the speech.

Welcome to MedFusion!

September 22, 2006


I’d just like to take this time to welcome our new members and visitors to our website!

We’ll be posting the details to our Ice Breaker very soon – we’re just in the midst of finalizing the details.

Visit us at Booth 17 during AMS Club Days (Sept 20-22)!