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Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

The Google Chrome browser’s search engine keywords feature is a hidden gem that makes searching information more efficient. I use it all the time in clinical practice, academic training, and at home. See how easy it is to search a specific website, for example UpToDate:

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Use cases

Any set of characters can serve as an alias for a search engine url. I set u to be the keyword for UpToDate. Searching is as easy as typing u [space] [term] [enter].

Other keywords I have set up:

  • y for Youtube
  • i for Google Images
  • p for Pubmed
  • w for Wikipedia

Examples of my use cases include quickly showing a patient a diagram of spinal anatomy to explain their symptoms, referring to guidelines when making clinical decisions, literature searches, and relevant videos to show residents and medical students during rounds. …

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Facebook Sharing Debugger used to test how meta tags are parsed to create link previews.

I have a domain that points to a Heroku dyno running a Node.js web app. To facilitate sharing, I added Facebook Open Graph meta tags to the html headers. However, I could not get Facebook to “see” the tags in the Facebook Sharing Debugger using my custom domain, even trying multiple variations of meta tags to be more attractive to Facebook’s crawler without luck. I could not find a solution from search engines or in the typical troubleshooting forums like stackoverflow.

Finally, I tested the Debugger using the direct heroku url (like , and all the meta tags immediately. Then I entered my custom domain, and voilà, all the meta tags were picked up there as well.

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Welcome to Web Development! It is a fun skill to develop and very manageable to do as a side hobby in your free time. I originally wrote this article to introduce web dev to my colleagues in the medical field. This article serves as an orientation into the field, and the real learning is found in the linked tutorials.

First, you will need to download software and skim through tutorials. As you become comfortable with HTML, CSS, and basic Javascript, you can build web apps using libraries and frameworks that take care of the hard parts of user interface. …


George Marzloff

Physician in Spinal Cord Injury & Physical Medicine and Rehab @ Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC, Colorado. Interests: Rehab Engineering & software development

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