14 must-have jailbreak-only tweaks for the iPhone

While most people associate “forbidden” applications with jailbreaking, there are also a number of great tweaks in Cydia that will improve the way the iPhone works and how you can use it. These tweaks often change the way existing applications work and add useful features. In fact, one cannot help but wonder why Apple didn’t include some of these in the stock iOS.

Regardless, here is a list of 14 of some of the best tweaks available in Cydia: Continue reading

Review of Brain Tutor HD for the Apple iPad

I have reviewed this iPhone medical application for iMedicalApps.com.

The full review can be read below on this site or here at iMedicalApps: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2010/11/brain-tutor-hd-makes-learning-brain-anatomy-approachable-by-combining-3-dimensional-and-cross-sectional-views-of-the-brain-ipad/

Brain Tutor HD for the Apple iPad

By Brian Wells, MS-3, MSM, MPH

Few areas of medical science remain as wondrous and mysterious as that of neurology. Indeed, I remember not so long ago sitting in a study hall with a book on neuroanatomy and a collection of class notes and pages printed from various sites on the Internet, often staring off into the field outside the study hall as I tried to visualize in three dimensions the two dimensional diagrams about which I was learning. Of course, there were models of the brain and numerous MRIs and CTs to examine but nothing which elegantly combined the information with the images, transforming 2D slice to 3D realism. This is the goal which Brain Tutor HD seeks to achieve. Continue reading

Try iPhone apps before you buy them? Sure… if you’re jailbroken with Installous

DISCLAIMER: Installous should not be used for piracy and this article in no way advocates such acts. Installous should be used as a “try before you buy” system so that you can decide if you like an application before spending money on it. If a Lite version is available, that version should be used rather than Installous.

That said…

$0.99 here, $1.99 there… oh, look at that game! Only $4.99!… (15 minutes later)…. Wow! What a waste of money!

Typically, that’s how Apple’s App Store works. Now, let’s talk about what has become a great alternative to hoping your hard-earned money isn’t wasted: Installous. Continue reading

The Cardiology Anthem

By: Brian Wells

Bump on the page
P wave!
Spike going up

T wave, T wave,
what the hell?
There’s one too many T waves,
this ringing some bells?

I’m living the cardio life
don’t be hatin’ my style
got echos to read, patients to see
places to be, you want to feed off my tree of knowledge?

Best get in line. Want to learn regurge?
Maybe I’ll have the time for you,
I’ll sit, I’ll dish, I’ll spill
we can talk about drugs, both IV and pill.

Losartan, Zocor, Lopressor, Lotrel
Coreg, Cardizem, Cozaar works well
for your pressure, your heart, we won’t let it fail
we’ll check your history, your personal clinical tale
that guides us to your problems,
your individual needs.
Hook you up to some leads so we can get your EKG.

Congrats, it’s normal! No need to feel frail.
Now come back in two months
and until then: Feel well!

Cardio life for realz, yo.

Later, gotsta to check out that V tach. Peace!

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The Art of Medicine – Shifting the Paradigm

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes genius and a lot of courage to move in opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein

The problem with many is not that they’re ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so and haven’t experienced a new and better way of working.

For many years, I was like a prisoner. Blindfolded. Restrained. Blindly following the prevailing dogma of how a physician should act, what a physician should carry and how a physician should study. In time, I have had a breakthrough. An epiphany. It has become clear to me that one of our the greatest hindrances is that of uninspired knowledge, that of an approach solidly grounded in a pre-data driven era. An approach with a basis in pride.

Pride is a weapon. Pride pushes people in a direction, to act for good or to act for self-interest. Who would not feel good when prompted on rounds by an off-the-wall question to be able to respond correctly? It serves self-esteem. It serves ego. It serves pride. However, we must not forget that pride can also push us in the wrong direction. For every 10 things known, there are likely a dozen or more other things not known and in that fact lies the humility that must remain at all times with even the best physicians. Continue reading

Review of Blausen Human Atlas Lite for the iOS platform

I have reviewed this iPhone medical application for iMedicalApps.com.

The full review can be read below on this site or here at iMedicalApps: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2010/11/blausen-human-atlas-provides-beautifully-rendered-human-anatomy-and-animations-useful-for-clinicians-and-patients-iphone/

Blausen Human Atlas Lite [iPhone] – Animated Human Disease and Anatomy

Review by: Brian Wells, MS-3, MSM, MPH

Human anatomy. It’s one of the foundations of medicine and a hurdle that any aspiring clinician must surmount in his or her mastery of the basic sciences. However, whether you are an experienced clinician, a sleep-deprived medical student, or an aspiring scholar in one of the other medically-related professions, you’ll find a lot to like in this application. Continue reading

NYC Village Halloween Parade 2010

Filming Location

Now for a post on the lighter side – On 10/31/2010, I had a chance to go and watch the NYC Halloween Parade. Although it was quite cold, the parade itself was a lot of fun to watch with great music, creative costumes and well-rehearsed dance routines including a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.


Now in its 38th year (2010), New York’s Village Halloween Parade is…

  • The nation’s largest public Halloween celebration
  • Named as The Greatest Event on Earth by Festivals International for October 31
  • Attended by over 2 million people, seen by over 1 million on TV
  • The nation’s only major night Parade
  • Listed as one of the 100 Things to do Before You Die
  • More Information

Here are a few highlights from the 2010 Parade: Continue reading

VoR iPhone application submitted to Apple’s App Store

Since the reader base here at the VoR has been steadily growing over the past few months, I’m excited to announce the submission of the Voice of Reason iPhone application to Apple’s App Store! iPhone and iPad app reviews, commentary on the issues of the day and other integrative news information will soon be available in an easy-to-use iPhone application.

As always as with all content here, this application will be brought to you free of charge from the Voice of Reason.

Here’s a preview of The VoR iPhone application as run in the simulation software:

UPDATE 11/5/2010

Application has finished processing and is waiting for a decision from Apple

Pathology and Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

For you medical people out there, here’s a quick overview of IBD that highlights the key information you should know when discussing these diseases. Continue reading

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