Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Shout Outs

TBTAM is this week's host of Grand Rounds.  Her edition features food and medicine.  Read this edition here.  

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 fourth edition of Change of Shift (Vol 3, No 16) for 2009 is hosted by Amanda (This Crazy Miracle Called Life)!   It’s the “Valentine” edition. I hope you will check it out (photo credit).  You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog

 

Medicine for the Outdoors has a nice post on “Naturally Occurring Toxins.”

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.

 

Twittering in the OR – interesting, but is this the best use of a chief resident.  Shouldn’t he be learning and doing something else?

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. (CNN notes that you can read the "Tweetstream" and link to the YouTube video here).
The surgeon's musings during the operation were dutifully recorded in real time on Twitter by the chief resident.

 

Diane Rehms’ guest yesterday was Jane Brody.  She has a new book out “Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond.”   They talked about end of life issues.  I hope you will listen to it if you missed it.

 

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” (photo credit – Nursing Bra).  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

 

 

And I love my dog and have even made him homemade dog biscuits.  I didn’t know there was an International Dog Biscuit Day until Johann (photo credit) told me so.  It was yesterday.  Check out all the sources (many more than the ones below) listed in this post.

Here are some super fun links to help you enjoy this great day:

 

This week Dr Anonymous will be have a co-host, Dr. Gwenn, as they talk to guests Vicky & Jen about parenting blogs & podcasts.   The show begins at  9 pm EST. 

You can check out the archives of his Blog Talk Radio show.   Here is the upcoming schedule:

3/5: TBA
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

 

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