Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Shout Outs

Emily, crzegrl, flight nurse, is this week's host of Grand Rounds. You can read this week’s edition here.

Hello and welcome to this edition of Grand Rounds!

As I contemplated the possibilities for a cheeky theme and racked my brains for something pithy or unique, my thoughts consistently fell on the fact that tomorrow is Veterans Day in the United States. Veterans Day is simply a day off for some. For others it is a day in which we take the opportunity to show those, who sacrificed greatly for the freedoms we enjoy, appreciation.

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Dr Bruce Campbell, Reflections in a Head Mirror, is the “Blogging Surgeon” as his update on Facebook announced this past week. Hope you’ll go listen. It’s well worth your time.

I am the "Blogging Surgeon!" Scroll to the bottom of the link. WUWM - Milwaukee Public Radio! http://wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/view_le.php?articleid=837

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Yesterday, listening to NPR one of the guests mentioned this article “How American Health Care Killed My Father”  by David Goldhill published in the September 2009 The Atlantic.  It is a must read.

How often have you heard a politician say that millions of Americans “have no health care,” when he or she meant they have no health insurance? How has a method of financing health care become synonymous with care itself?………

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TBTAM weighs in: Mammogram Screening Comes under Question (photo credit)

Denise Grady frames the recent debate on mammogram screening in today's New York Times. The article tag teams and improves upon Gina Kolata's recent story on the topic.

These articles highlight what we health professionals have known for some time about mammograms - they are not perfect.

Maybe she’ll weigh in on this topic -- Who Should Get a Pap Smear?

The pap smear is one of the most useful cancer screening tests around — it can radically reduce a woman’s risk of dying from cervical cancer. But doctors’ enthusiasm for the test may be prompting them to give pap smears to women who shouldn’t be getting them, a new study suggests.

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H/T to Dr Ves, Clinical Cases and Images – Blog, for highlighting this very interesting  history of Richard Doll and smoking -- BMJ video: The man who stopped smoking

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Remember the crazy quilt I made for the Alliance for American Quilters? Well, I didn’t win the contest, but the winners deserved to win. There were 85 quilts in the contest, each just 16 inches square. They are now being auctioned on eBay to raise money for the Alliance. Bidding begins at $50. (photo credit)

You can go to the Alliance for American Quilts website and download a pdf file with photos of each weekly auction which began last week. Or simply go to www.eBay.com and search for keyword "alliance for american quilts."

You'll find complete auction how-tos on the Alliance website.

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There has not been an announced guest or topic for this Thursday night Dr Anonymous’ show. The show starts at 10 pm EST.

You may also want to listen to the shows in his Archives. Here are some to get you started:

GruntDoc, Sid Schwab, Dr. Val, Kevin MD, Rural Doctoring, Emergiblog, Crzegrl, Dr. Wes, TBTAM, Gwenn O'Keeffe, Bongi, Paul Levy, John Halamka, and ScanMan

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