Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shout Outs

Captain Atopic is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds.  It’s a musical edition, “With a Little Help From My Friends.”  You can read this week’s edition here.

Welcome to another edition of Grand Rounds! This week, Grand Rounds 6:43 pays tribute to our friends, with a little help from Messrs Lennon and McCartney (with Ringo on vocals...)

What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song,
And I'll try not to sing out of key.

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Thanks to @gastromom for the heads up on this NYTimes article:  Guns in Frail Hands

She is a 90-year-old widow with mild Alzheimer’s disease, and her son is begging her, for safety’s sake, to give up something she considers essential to her independence and sense of control.

“You can’t take it away from me,” she told him recently. “It’s all I’ve got.”

This may sound like a classic confrontation with an elderly mother who won’t give up her car. But it’s in fact about a loaded .38 caliber handgun that she keeps wrapped in a scarf in her top dresser drawer in a Southern California retirement community…..

Like cars, guns symbolize independence and individualism to many Americans. In states where gun ownership is a way of life, the elderly population is as likely as anyone to be armed and, in the view of many family members and professionals who care for them, possibly dangerous. ……………..

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Fellow med-blogger Sterile Eye has one of his photos in this Legions Magazine article by Sharon Adams:   Then And Now – Medical

From Carbolic Acid to Antibiotics

Today, nobody expects anyone to die of a broken leg, having a baby or from suffering a minor wound. But 150 years ago, these could be death sentences. Broken legs and wounded arms were often amputated, and nearly half of all amputees died. Childbed fever was the second most likely cause of death of women of childbearing age.

Infection was a major killer until Louis Pasteur discovered the connection between bacteria and disease in the mid-1800s. Some physicians like England’s Joseph Lister (yes, the mouthwash was named for him), embraced the idea of keeping patients’ environment—and their doctors and the equipment they use—clean in order to prevent transmission of germs. In 1865, Lister began spraying wounds, tools and the patient with carbolic acid to kill germs……….

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A tweet from @DrJenGunter:  “Study at UCSF looking to recruit moms carrying babies with spina bifida - http://tinyurl.com/3adz9of

….. Recently, some doctors have started operating to close the defect during pregnancy, in hopes that protecting the spinal cord as early as possibly will minimize injury. However, it is really not known if it is better to operate on a baby with spina bifida during pregnancy or immediately after birth. The National Institutes of Health is currently enrolling pregnant mothers carrying a baby with spina bifida in a study called MOMS (management of myelomeningocele study) to answer that very question……

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ABC News’ Person of the Week this past week: Surgery on Sunday-- Doctors Give Free Health Care to the Uninsured

It's Sunday and Dr. Andrew Moore isn't taking a day off in his Lexington, Kentucky, neighborhood. Instead, he scrubs in and spends his day tending to a carpenter's torn ligament and removing another man's hernia. Moore does all of this for free.

Person of the Week Stan Brock has provided free health care for 25 years………..

Moore founded Surgery on Sunday in 2005. It's a nonprofit organization where doctors and nurses volunteer their services for free the third Sunday of every month, working in donated surgical space at Lexington Surgery Center.

Together, they are this week's "World News" person of the week……………

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TBTAM has been interviewed by Womens Health.gov

I was privileged to be the featured interview this month at the Spotlight on Women's Health series at Womenshealth.gov, the website of the Office of Women's Health. Thanks to the editors for their thoughtful questions and  for the opportunity to speak to women about HPV, healthy living and, of course, cooking!

 

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I started another blog devoted only to my handwork:  Ramona’s Handwork.  I don’t want to loose my non-medical friends from this blog, but neither do I want to “frighten” them with images from some of my medical posts.  So if you only want to see my handwork, then please bookmark my new blog

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

Upcoming shows (9pm ET)

7/29: Reports from 4th year Student Kevin Bernstein and 3rd year FamMed Resident Gerry Tolbert at 2010 AAFP Resident and Student Conference
8/5: Pre-Med Student Erin Breedlove
8/12: Pre-Med Student @InsaneMo
8/19: 4th Year Med Student @DrJonathan
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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