Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Shout Outs

Dr. John Schumannis, Glass Hospital, the host for this week’s Grand Rounds.   You can read this week’s edition here.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.

GlassHospital is proud to host this week’s Grand Rounds, a compendium of medical-related writing and blogging from around the world. This week’s theme, in honor of the holiday, is CELEBRATION. Here at GH we’re pleased to be celebrating the six month anniversary of our debut.

We have 21 pieces to share with you, including one poem and one photo. This week’s submissions, all celebratory-themed, seemed to cluster into five main categories: Aging gracefully, history & literature, medical drama, health care policy, and good ol’ humor. So pull up a chair, maybe a nice iced coffee, and dig in………..

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Here are a few of many injuries in the news due to fireworks.:

N.Y. man loses arm in fireworks blast

Man seriously injured in fireworks accident at Cross Lake

Colo. Springs man injured by homemade fireworks

Children injured by fireworks brought to hospital

Girl Hurt in Fireworks Accident in Platte City

3 Hurt In Blue Springs Fireworks Accident

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I am not a fan of guns, but my husband is.  He doesn’t hunt, but collects antique guns (Civil War Era) and has a concealed carry permit.  It is with interest that I have been following the news story on gun rights vs public safety.  NPR has done a nice job of covering this:  High Court Ruling Fuels Chicago's Handgun Debate

Twice in two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down handgun bans in major American cities.

More On Gun Rulings

Some D.C. Residents Say It's Too Hard To Get A Gun July 5, 2010

The first ruling two years ago overturned a gun law in Washington, D.C. The second high court decision, which came last week, involved a similar statute in Chicago.

The City Council quickly changed the law — and it is now legal to own a handgun in the Windy City.

Gun rights advocates say Chicago residents will be safer from violent crime. But those advocating gun control say the opposite: that guns in the home put more people at risk………….

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As I have seen many injuries due to power saws, I paid close attention to this NPR story:  Sharp Edge: One Man's Quest To Improve Saw Safety

Table saws are by far the most dangerous tools used by woodworkers and do-it-yourself enthusiasts. Every year around the U.S., more than 3,000 people cut off their fingers or thumbs in table saw accidents, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And 30,000 end up in emergency rooms with other injuries.

One entrepreneur has developed a safety device called SawStop that prevents those injuries. But the power tool industry has chosen not to adopt the technology. And because of that, power tool manufacturers now face a growing number of lawsuits………

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Brendan Marracco’s story is told by Lizette Alvarez in the New York Times:  Spirit Intact, Soldier Reclaims His Life

……..In the nearly 15 months since, Specialist Marrocco has pushed past pain and exhaustion to learn to use his four prosthetics, though he can walk for only 15 minutes at a time. He has met sports stars like Jorge Posada and Tiger Woods — and become something of a star himself here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where his moxie and humor are an inspiration to hundreds of other wounded service members. He has also met, fallen in love with and proposed marriage to a young woman who sees what is there rather than what is missing, though Specialist Marrocco has lately been questioning the relationship……….

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Dr Anonymous’ BTR show will be on summer break until late August.

Upcoming shows (9pm ET)

Jul-Aug: Summer Break
8/26: Dr. A Show 3rd Anniversary

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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