Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Shout Outs

Dr. John La Puma is this week's host of Grand Rounds. It looks at food and exercise in relationship to health.  You can read this week’s edition here.

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The need for help to Haiti continues.   Anyone wishing to donate or provide assistance in Haiti is asked to contact the Center for International Disaster Information.   Here is a list of organizations who need your help in providing care to Haiti:

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Ever heard the story of  Phineas Gage?  Now you can read the story of how the first known photograph of him was identified in the Smithsonian article Phineas Gage: Neuroscience's Most Famous Patient written by Steve Twomey. (photo credit)

………….In December 2007, Beverly posted a scan of the image on Flickr, the photo-sharing Web site, and titled it “One-Eyed Man with Harpoon.” Soon, a whaling enthusiast e-mailed her a dissent: that is no harpoon, which suggested that the man was no whaler. Months later, another correspondent told her that the man might be Phineas Gage and, if so, this would be the first known image of him………..

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Jeffrey Leow, Vagis Surgicalis,  is a final year medical student at Monash University in Australia.  His article, Medical Trip to Vellore, India, on his recent mission trip is in the recent edition of The Lancet Student.

The last time I participated in a mission trip was back in January 2008 in Cambodia. That was part of my church’s 14-day evangelical and medical outreach. This time round, the medical trip had no religious component; it was organized by a student-run organization – Singapore Medical Society of Victoria (SMSV). SMSV aims to bridge the gap between medical students in Victoria and the healthcare industry in Singapore. They had previously organized a trip to Hainan Island, China. Past participants have commented they were able to step above and beyond their usual roles as medical students and do ’so much more’, e.g. perform a lipoma excision. As such, when I heard about an upcoming trip to India, I did not pass up the opportunity………….

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MedGadget is asking for nominations for the best of medical blogs.  You can make your nominations here by leaving a comment with your choice. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, January 24, 2010

The categories for this year's awards are:

-- Best Medical Weblog

-- Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2009)

-- Best Literary Medical Weblog

-- Best Clinical Sciences Weblog

-- Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog

-- Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog

-- Best Patient's Blog

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Chris, Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq, tells us about Knitting for Troops 20/365 The Ships Project.  The site has a great list of patterns, also requirements on yarn type and color.

….one way to support the troops is by knitting comfort items like hats, slippers and neck coolers. I can tell you that when I was in Iraq in JAN I was freezing my patootie off!! M. had knit me a green camouflage blanket and a desert camouflage hoodie and they were put to good use!

A great place to start is the Ships Project.

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The Alliance for American Quilts announces its 4th annual contest.  The theme this year is “New from Old."

The rules are simple: quilts must be 16" x 16" (including a 4" sleeve and a label) and consist of three layers.  Contest quilts must be sent to the AAQ by May 31, 2010. The contest is also a fundraiser; all quilts become a donation to the organization and will be auctioned on eBay Nov. 8 - Dec. 6, 2010 to benefit the AAQ and its mission to document, preserve and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers. Visit the AAQ website for full contest information including a downloadable entry form.

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 Dr Anonymous does not appear to have a show  scheduled this week.   

Upcoming Dr. A Shows (9pm ET)
2/4 : Dean Brandon from Pediatric Dentistry blog
2/11 : Drew Griffin from Wound Care Education Institute

You may 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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