Welcome to Grand Rounds Vol 5, no 23! We've got a wonderful pot luck menu of great posts from around the medical blogosphere, so sit right down and dig in!
The best classification of natural toxins involves dividing the groups of toxin-containing organisms into poisonous and venomous.° Poisonous organisms are those that are assimilated into the host either by ingestion or through the skin. Included are bacteria, fungi, plants, and some animals.° Venomous organisms are those that have evolved specific toxin delivery systems, which usually include a venom gland and a sting, fang, spine or pore for transporting venom to the host. Venomous animals are found in every class of animals and are distributed throughout the earth's ecosystems. The first venomous member of the class Aves (birds) - the genus Pitohui, from New Guinea - was described in 1992.
As CNN reported yesterday, physicians used Twitter to give a blow-by-blow account of removing a cancerous tumor from a man's kidney at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
The surgeon's musings during the operation were dutifully recorded in real time on Twitter by the chief resident.
On a different note. If you have read my blog for long, you know I quilt. TBTAM sent me a link to “The Artful Bras Project.” The bras are wonderful art pieces!
Members of Quilters of South Carolina have created one-of-a-kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness. The exhibit consists of fifty original works of art which are unique, entertaining, humorous, and beautiful to make the public aware of breast cancer, to memorialize those lost to the disease, and to honor survivors.This exhibit will tour SC until Oct '09 at which time individual Artfull Bras will be auctioned and the proceeds donated to the Best Chance Network, a program to provide care and treatment of uninsured women across the state who are diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer
3/12: 4th year medical student Mudphudder to talk about Match Day 2009
3/19: Respiratory therapy student Trauma Junkie to talk about the blog carnival A Source of Inspiration
3/26: Podcamp Ohio