Welcome to Grand Rounds, Volume 5, Number 38. The rounds have travelled over the Atlantic to reside briefly in the green fields of England, to give an English flavour to what is going on in the Medical Blogosphere.The advent of blogging has internationalised many issues, and we see many health care issues are very much shared throughout the world. Some of these I will touch on this week, but the Jobbing Doctor is pleased to be hosting the grand rounds.
One of the coolest things about cloud services like Twitter is that if you follow other people who tweet at cancer conferences such as ASCO, ASH and AACR, you can keep track of other parallel sessions while sitting in a different one. Thus Kerry Wachter tweeted about the pediatric neuroblastoma session she was in earlier this week at ASCO and I couldn’t help but suddenly realize it is 32 years since I had a largish lump the size of a small football removed from my adrenal gland and kidney. 32 years is quite a long time and I haven’t really thought much about it in those intervening years. Gilles Frydman from ACOR challenged/encouraged me to tell my story, so here it is for the first and only time, gulp.
Why Oprah? you may ask. I’m happy to tell you. Oprah Winfrey has been the host of the highest rated syndicated talk show in television history, her self-named The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show has been running for nearly 23 years, with over 3,000 episodes. Winfrey is so famous that she is one of those rare celebrities who is known instantly by just her first name. Say “Oprah,” and virtually everyone will know to whom you’re referring, and her show is often colloquially known as simply Oprah………
From the WSJ Health Blog: Should doctors say how often they have performed a procedure? Don’t forget to read the comments and read the referenced article by Dr Wolfberg.
But other procedures demand a more binary approach: Sometimes, after the books and the observation, you just have to jump in and do something yourself. That can be especially daunting when the procedure carries risks and the patient is pregnant, writes Adam Wolfberg, M.D., in a guest column on WSJ.com.
The Textile Museum in Washington, DC has an exhibit of Amish quilts -- Constructed Color: Amish Quilts April 4 – September 6, 2009. I was sent the link by a friend who recently saw the exhibit with his wife. Compare this triple Irish chain quilt (photo credit) to the double Irish chain quilt I made.
This exhibition, on loan from the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, features 29 examples from the center’s highly regarded collection. The quilts represent three specific regional groups, each with its own distinctive features, drawn from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, from Midwestern communities and from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.
The Quilt of Valor Foundation has begun a new blog (Quilts of Valor Across America) to document their trip across America. (photo credit)
If you’re traveling along, and you happen to see this blue truck pulling a trailer … then you’ve found us. Honk, Wave, Smile, let us know that you care !!!