Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Shout Outs

Maria Gifford, Better Health, is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds.    You can read this week’s edition here.

As newly-appointed content manager of Better Health and editorial assistant to Dr. Val Jones, I’ve been given the honor of hosting this edition of Grand Rounds — a weekly summary of the best health blog posts on the Internet.

This week’s submissions cover a nice mix of issues important to health and medicine, which I’m presenting in alphabetical order (excuse my somewhat ultra-conservative ways, as I’m originally a product of the Mayo Clinic, and even after jumping ship nearly five years ago, I’m still affected due to my unchanged, self-inflicted physical location — I’ll find my social-media legs soon, I’m sure!)

From geriatrics to Viagra, PET scans to personality disorders, dentists to American Idol, you’ll find it in this ever-so-tidy session of Grand Rounds.

Read, learn, enjoy…

Best of health,
Maria

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The Muse, RN  is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 4, No 23) !   You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

HAPPY NURSES WEEK! ! !

It is my extreme pleasure to bring you all this edition Change of Shift!  My thanks and enduring gratitude to Nurse Kim @ Emergiblog…. beside whom, I just know, I’d love to work….

Here’s to all the Greatest Nurse Bloggers who submitted for this edition AND to their Blogrolls where I ‘discovered’ at least one additional blogger to showcase.  (pssst – thanks for listing the nursing and medical blogs that you follow on your sites!  Its a GREAT way to find each other.)

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Dr Wes has done a review of a film I wish all of us could see:  The Vanishing Oath: A Review

…..As background, the film is a three-year project born in 2007 just before the great US health care reform debate began. Over 200 hours of interviews were conducted explore a simple question: why Dr. Flesher had grown to hate medicine.

It would have been easy for Dr. Flesher and Ms. Pardo to make his story nothing but a rant, but instead, we find that their story is an honest attempt to understand how someone so enthusiastic at the start of their training could become so quickly discontented with the realities of emergency room care and our bloated health care delivery system…….

Addendum: The film will be premiered in Chicago on 25 May 2010. Seating is limited.

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It’s Primary Voting Day in my home state, Arkansas, as well as many other states.  I hope you will get out and vote if you live in one of these states.  In Arkansas, KATV Channel 7 has a nice website with lots of information on the races, the candidates, etc.

The one in Arkansas which seems to be garnering the most national attention and money is the Democratic Senate race between incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln, Lt. Gov Bill Halter, and businessman D.C. Morrison.

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 Medgadget is sponsoring the The 2010 My Medical Museum Competition along with Dr. Allen Roberts, aka GruntDoc.

This contest is an opportunity to showcase your medical museum's treasures, as well as to document your local medical history and explain how clinicians and scientists in your area contributed to medicine. So, make a presentation and tell everyone a fascinating story.

To get everyone on equal footing, we've implemented a dynamic publishing platform where you create an online presentation. The My Medical Museum website will let you upload pictures, file reports, embed videos, and make a presentation that will impress the judges. Collaboration is fine, too -- form a group and grant access so your teammates can contribute.

The Grand Prize is a brand-new Wi-Fi 32GB Apple iPad, no less.

So, what else are you waiting for? Gather your friends, family or fellow medical geeks and head over to explore your local medical museum. Develop your presentation and finalize it by Sunday, June 13, 2010.

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Dr Rob in his 46th House Call Doctor podcast discusses Anaphylaxis and Serious Allergies

What Is Anaphylaxis?

The most serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction is a condition known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis happens when an allergen is recognized by antibodies, which you’ll recall from last week’s article are special proteins in the body that recognize invaders. When antibodies mistakenly identify a normally benign substance—like peanuts-- as an invader in the body, the antibodies immediately combine with certain white blood cells, releasing histamine and other substances that have a profound effect on the body…….

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Thank you @sandnsurf for tweeting this “Patterns of Visual Math - Naturally Occurring Fractals http://tinyurl.com/2d7wmc”    The fern may be a simple example, but you need to check out the others.  Beautiful!

FRACTAL FERN: One very simple way to understand fractals and the meaning of "lteration" is to examine a simple recursive operation that produces a fractal fern thru a "chaos game' of generating random numbers and then placing them on a grid.

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Dr Anonymous’ BTR show guest this week will be Larry Bauer from the Family Medicine Education Consortium.   The show begins at 9 pm ET.

Upcoming shows (9pm ET)

5/27: Dr. Jay Lee, Family Physician & Health Policy Expert

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

1 comment:

Gizabeth Shyder said...

Voting is a great excuse to get out and enjoy this beautiful day!