Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shout Outs

Pharmamotion  is this week's host of Grand Rounds.  It is a really nice  edition.  Read it here.   

I’m excited for being part of what a would dare to say it’s by now a classic: Grand Rounds, the best of medical writing on the web! Thank you to the medical and health bloggers who submitted their posts. ALL submissions I received were excellent, but I decided to include just a few to avoid making this a too large edition.

 

Dr Paul Auerbach, Medicine for the Outdoors, has a wonderful post on “Teaching Children to Swim.”  In the post, he includes comments on how young to begin teaching children to swim.  He also includes some good tips on staying water safe at any age.  He concludes with:

So, teaching small children to swim is probably a good thing for many reasons. However, it is only a small part of the safety package, and in the case of children under the age of 4 to 5, may not be relied upon to confer protection from drowning.

 

A Repository for Bottled Monsters –check out their post/ photos,  Face Cases (photo credit)

I just posted some facial wound/reconstruction pictures on Flickr, a small part of a pretty extensive series. For me, this ties in very nicely with the Otken Collection that I've been working on for a while.

 

 

Nice article,  Nonallergenic Dog? Not Really (H/T to “AllergyNotesRT @wheezemd: See this 1997 NYT article. It is still valid today on hypoallergenic dogs. http://is.gd/s54w” )

Allergists say all the safe-breed theories are just wishful thinking. When people are allergic to cats or dogs, Dr. Davis said, the allergens that make them sick are the proteins in the animals' skin secretions and saliva. ''All dogs and all cats have saliva and skin,'' he said. ''So theoretically, there is no such thing as a nonallergenic cat or dog.''

 

From Vickie Powell, VPMedical, comes a nice article “I’m Not Sure I Like My Doctor” which discusses when it may be time to switch or find a new doctor.

When you do not care for your doctor, you should first try to do your part to improve and strengthen the relationship.  Assess whether your personal grievances are affecting the level of care you receive…….  Establish yourself as an equal in this medical team and play an active role in your own health needs.  Ask questions (prepare the in advance and write them down).

There are times when it is appropriate to seek a new medical provider.  It might be time for a change when…………….

 

I made two of these blocks this past weekend and mailed them yesterday.  The need remains, so if you quilt or sew consider making a few blocks  for the Quilts of Valor.   You can find the pattern and information for mailing the finished block(s) here (photo credit).

Thank you for participating in this Quilts of Valor Project.  We are attempting to help comfort all the war wounded from the War on Terror.  Your Autographed Star Block will be joined with other blocks that are sent to us to make a Quilt of Valor for a wounded serviceperson

 

The Doctor Diaries on PBS airs tonight.  The first part was last Tuesday.   It is a documentary that began in 1987 when producer Michael S Barnes began following the seven Harvard medical students.  Now he catches us up with them through middle age and mid-career. 

 

Check out this post by Mother Jones over at Better Health – “Nurse vs CIA Agent, Nurse Wins”. 

I don’t care who you are. Never get into a power struggle with a charge nurse.

 

This week Dr Anonymous’ guest will be Dr. M talking about End Of Life Care.    I hope you will join us.  The show begins at  9 pm EST. 

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

4/23: Dr. A in Chicago
4/25: Night Shift with Dr. A in Chicago
4/30: Podcamp Ohio

 

 

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