Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Shout Outs

Gruntdoc is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds. He just celebrated his 8th Blogiversary this past week! You can read this week’s “First Non-Narcissist, Non-Personal Attention Getting Grand Rounds edition here.

I’m pleased to host this roving blog carnival, and thrilled suitably humbled to be the first 7 time host.

Which is a terrible way to start this, the first Non-Narcissist, Non Personally Aggrandizing MedBlog Grand Rounds, and thanks for putting up with my first theme. 31 submissions from 23 submitters makes this theme viable, and well-attended.

Editor’s Pick: Where romance and medicine collide by Movin’Meat. A tale you’ll retell. Recommended by Musings of a Dinosaur.

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Kim, Emergiblog, is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 4, No 22) ! You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

Hi – welcome to this edition of Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival.

We have a diverse group of submissions this week. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry and some will make you think.

So, without further ado, I give you….

Change of Shift.

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TBTAM has written a post, Lung Cancer and Women, highlighting the findings of a new report on lung cancer in women has been published by the Women's Health Policy and Advocacy Program at Brigham & Women's Hospital: Out of the Shadows. Here is a short segment from the report itself

Lung cancer, once rare among women, surpassed breast cancer in 1987 to become the leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Today, one in four cancer deaths in U.S. women is due to lung cancer. A common misconception is that breast cancer takes the lives of more women than lung cancer, but this is not the case – more women are diagnosed annually with breast cancer, but lung cancer kills more women each year than any other malignant tumor. In 2009, it is estimated that 70,490 women in the U. S. died from this disease. Approximately $9.6 billion is spent in the U.S. each year on treatment of lung cancer.

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Thanks to @DrVes for his tweet “Blogging the end of a life: Death at 25 from CF http://goo.gl/IZsM” Check out this interesting CNN article and some of the blogs mentioned.

…. But Eva Markvoort smiled weakly.

"Hello to the world at large," she said in the video. "To my blog, to my friends, to everyone…... "My life is ending."

Markvoort had cystic fibrosis, an incurable disease that causes mucus to accumulate in the lungs….. the 25-year-old continued to chronicle life on her blog…….

Bloggers like Miles Levin, an 18-year-old who had a rare soft-tissue cancer and died in 2007, and Michelle Lynn Mayer, a 39-year-old mother who had scleroderma and died in 2008, shared their thoughts on living and dying, too……

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H/T to @scanman for his tweet “RT @FutureDocs: A Doctor and His Imaging - http://nyti.ms/bRSyjV NYT - the Ethicist on self-referral conflict of interest.”

…….. I say it’s more complicated than trust or don’t trust. And so does Katie Watson, an assistant professor in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University: “I trust my physicians not to be criminals who intentionally order unnecessary tests to feed their yacht habits. I also trust them to be human beings, which means they’re vulnerable to subconscious influences and incentives just like the rest of us.”………

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Threads has an article by Susan Khalje: Sewing Perfect Matchpoints on Intersecting Seams (photo credit).

It seems so straightforward – lining up and stitching intersecting seamlines (or plaids or stripes) so that they match perfectly. …. But, I’ve got a couple of methods to help you out.

I was teaching in Sacramento awhile back, and someone – a quilter – introduced me to Clover forked pins, which I’d not seen before. She credited them with allowing her to make perfect matches when stitching her quilts; she showed me her work, and the matching was indeed impeccable…..

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Dr Anonymous’ BTR show guest this week will be Dr. Daniel Lewis, Family Physician, talking about his recent mission trip to Central America . The show begins at 9 pm ET.

Upcoming shows (9pm ET)

5/13: Medical Student and Video Blogger, Bryan McColgan
5/20: Larry Bauer from the Family Medicine Education Consortium

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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