Scent of a baby acts as a reward for cuddling

Walter van den Broek
November 18, 2013

attachment styles, theory

A team of researchers in Germany conducted functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brains of 30 women. Half of the women had given birth within the previous three to six weeks, and the other half had never given birth. The brains of the women were imaged while they sniffed pajamas worn by newborn babies for the first two days of life. Both groups experienced increased dopaminergic responses, which are critical to the brain’s reward pathways. However, the new mothers experienced a significantly higher activation than the childless women.


Operating room uses of Google Glass

Walter van den Broek
October 23, 2013

In this short video you can see some uses of Google Glass by an anesthesiologist. Checking vital sign during operation, taking notes etc.

More uses and a short explanation on the development of uses foor Google Glass in heathcare can be read in this post on iMedicalApps

Some more examples:

Additional areas of operating room uses with Google Glass may include:

1. Accessing a near real-time feed of vital signs in Google Glass
2. Calling up images and other patient data by clinicians from anywhere in the hospital
3. Accessing a pre-surgery safety checklist
4. Giving clinicians the ability to view the patient in the recovery room after surgery
5. Conducting live, first-person point-of-view video conferences with other surgeons or medical personnel
6. Recording surgeries from a first-person point-of-view for training purposes


Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Parody

Walter van den Broek
October 21, 2013

ZDogMD is getting better with each new video. Keep it up bro.

At least, that’s the argument Dr. Harry made when he sent me the lyrics to Infect Me. Apparently, he was sitting through yet another one of his kid’s kung fu classes, thinking wistfully of Hannah Montana, when BAM. It hit him like a wrecking ball: zombies + medicine + Miley = ZDoggMD. Problem was, it wasn’t twerking for me.

For the original video by Miley Cyrus and his motivation for making this parody please see his blogpost at ZDoggMD


The Lost Beatles Solo

Walter van den Broek
September 14, 2013

In this video we see Sir George Martin, Giles Martin (his son), and Dhani Harrison listening to the mix of “Here Comes The Sun”.

Suddenly Dhani opens the channel with the “lost solo guitar”. And now, with the master track in the background, you can hear how it sounds in music.

That was George Harrison. A true genius.


Transition to clerkship

Walter van den Broek
September 5, 2013


For medical students the transition to clerkship can be a “shock of practice”. They usually have to get around in a field very strange to them, due to the stress they almost forget everything they have learned the previous 3-4 years. Thanks to Annemarie Cunningham I came across a third year med students blog.

She wrote an interesting post about: Be nice, be humble, be interested: advice received for clerkship. She has compiled some of the wonderful advice that she has received in a list. She also wrote a post about the transition, worthwhile your time to read.

This post will highlight a few of my trepidations; in a follow up post I will share some of the advice for clerkship that I have received from a variety of sources. If you have anything you think I should include please pass it along


The pros and cons of brain mapping

Walter van den Broek
August 12, 2013

At the micro-scale the brain is a mess; a thick tangle of nerve cells connected at synapses. Mapping just a tiny portion of this mess, a few hundred cells, is a huge challenge. You have to wonder if it’s worth the effort. But seeing exactly how brain cells are wired together is giving us new insights into brain function.

The scientists in this video found a new neuron in the retina for detecting movement by combining the mapping of the brain and interpreting the fysiology.


My first live encounter with a 3d printer

Walter van den Broek
August 8, 2013

Incredible the possible uses for a 3d printer in medicine. Replacing jaw bones or other facial structures after printing the protheses in exact size, making al kinds of research instruments which otherwise could not be made. Didn’t realize these advantages of 3d printers in medicine before.

Until this morning after meeting with Wouter Sjoerdsma, Medical Device Developer at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. He also writes a blog: Onderzoeksapparatuur in Dutch.

For more information about the use of 3d pinters and medicine see his blog post in Dutch


If this was your mother doc?

Walter van den Broek
August 5, 2013


Question often asked by relatives when explaining the pros and cons of different treatment options. In order to be able to answer this question one should first have to know the mother since not all mothers are alike…

Good read.


What’s ZDoggMD up to?

Walter van den Broek
August 4, 2013

ZDoggMD aka “physician Zubin Damania, Director of Healthcare Development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, has a plan to fight back against a system that can dehumanize doctors and patients alike.”

Admiring his creativity in producing rap videos about medical subjects, just found out what he’s up to in Las Vegas. Impressive project, hope he will continue his health advocacy with his witty and funny rap songs. Reaching out to the new generation.


What does the doctor do when the patient discriminates?

Walter van den Broek
July 31, 2013