Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shout Outs

Health Insurance Colorado is this week's host of Grand Rounds. You can read this week’s edition here.

Welcome to Grand Rounds. With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, we thought we’d get you in the spirit by highlighting articles that involve thankfulness and gratitude.

How To Cope With Pain brings us a truly amazing video. It’s a reminder to be thankful for all that we have, and for the things in life (like this video) that inspire us. It’s well worth the five minutes it takes to watch it.

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Dr David Gorsk,  Science-Based Medicine, wrote a very nice post on Cancer prevention: The forgotten stepchild of cancer research?

The New York Times has been periodically running a series about the “40 years’ war” on cancer, with most articles by Gina Kolata. I’ve touched on this series before, liking some parts of it, while others not so much. ……. The latest installment, Medicines to Deter Some Cancers Are Not Taken, also by Kolata, is much better in that it discusses a problem at the heart of cancer, namely that we have developed drugs that can decrease the risk of specific cancers but they are not as widely used as they could be.

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Dr Joshua Schwimmer, The Efficient MD, has put together a nice post on Findings Doctors and Health Care Professionals on Twitter.  On twitter he is @JoshuaSchwimmer

A little over a year ago, before Twitter was the tech/pop culture phenomenon it is today, doctors like myself had a problem: how do you identify other health professionals on Twitter? (At the time, there must have been at least dozens. Dozens.)

This was the first solution. In retrospect, it was hilariously cobbled-together:…………

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H/T to @ChrisCoppola for the link to this article:  God, the Army, and PTSD: Is religion an obstacle to treatment?  by  Tara McKelvey in the Boston Review.

………..The story of the mistreatment of returning veterans from Iraq is well known and shocking. But the role of religious ideology in that mistreatment—how, inside the government, it was a potent tool in the betrayal of an overwhelmingly Christian Army—is much less known…………….

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H/T @doctorwes “Uh oh, H.R. 3862 bends the 'cost curve' the wrong way (CMS)> http://tinyurl.com/yfehrv3

Democrats have promised that health reform would reduce health care costs, but legislation the House passed last week would increase costs over the next decade by $289 billion. By 2019, health costs would rise to 21.1 percent of GDP compared to 20.8 under current law, according to an actuarial report prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

On the topic of healthcare, consider entering the contest Dr Wes and his wife, Diane, are holding: US Healthcare Reform Photoshop Contest.   Winner will receive an 8Meg iPod Touch.

 

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Check out Dr Rob’s post:  Golden Haikus.  There are some really good ones.  Here are just a couple of them.

Jacequline wrote

Dark when he leaves home,
Dark when he returns from work.
Resident Life.

Bongi wrote

all bleeding does stop
better if the heart does not
tie that sucker off!

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The Quilt of Valor Foundation has a wonderful November Newsletter (pdf file).  I learned more about quilts that have gone to Arkansas veterans in this issue.  The issue is also packed with photos of many of the quilts given across the country.

I am the point of contact for the Quilt of Valor Foundation at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. That means that I receive the
quilts from the Foundation and I am responsible for
their distribution…….
I have presented 28 quilts since December 2008.
I try to keep the contributors informed about what
happens to their gifts. I keep a photo gallery of
recipients. I would love to have the quilter become
part of the presentation. I think it would be nice to
know that local creations will be given to “our” veterans……..

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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.

12/3: Dr. Lisa and Tale Of My Left Foot

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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