Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shout Outs

Sharp Brains is the host for this week’s  Grand Rounds!  You can read this week’s edition here.

Wel­come to Grand Rounds, the weekly col­lec­tion of best health and med­ical blog posts. This week we invite you to enjoy a broad range of insights, tips, and first-hand sto­ries, pre­sented as a Q&A con­ver­sa­tion with blog­gers will­ing to answer, below, a total of 22 good questions. ………….

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Kim, Emergiblog, is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 5, No 7) which is in its 5th year!   You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

Welcome to Change of Shift!

While this is a bit of a “mini” version of the nursing blog carnival, it is far from “lite”.

There are old friends and new blogging colleagues; musings, opinions and rants…it’s all here!

Let’s get it started! …………..

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Interesting NPR segment last Thursday on their show Here and Now:   “The Skinny on Supplements”  (photo credit)

More than half of all adult Americans spent nearly 27 billion dollars last year on dietary supplements to get healthy, stay healthy, lose weight and gain an edge on the sports field and in the bedroom. And in the process, some of them got seriously sick. We talk with Nancy Metcalf, senior program editor for Consumer Reports-Health about the findings of their recent investigation, “Dangerous Supplements, What You Don’t Know, Could Hurt You.”

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From  tweeter@grahamwalker last Thursday (September 30)

I'm announcing my new website: TheNNT.com -- an evidence-based resource for medical interventions. Spread the word! #sa10 #thennt

NNT stands for “number needed to treat” and is explained:

There is a way of understanding how much modern medicine has to offer individual patients. It is a simple statistical concept called the “Number-Needed-to-Treat”, or for short the ‘NNT’. The NNT offers a measurement of the impact of a medicine or therapy by estimating the number of patients that need to be treated in order to have an impact on one person. The concept is statistical, but intuitive, for we know that not everyone is helped by a medicine or intervention — some benefit, some are harmed, and some are unaffected. The NNT tells us how many of each.

Check out Graham’s new website.  It is full of useful information.

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If you are free later this morning (11:30 am CST, my local time) you might want to join in on the first #MDchat on twitter.

@MD_chat: Let's nudge more physicians onto Twitter. Tuesday 10/5 12:30pm EDT is #MDchat - http://MDchat.org #hcsm Plz support them! :)

For more information on MDchat, check out Phil Baumann, RN’s explanation:

………..So rather than waiting for doctors’ orders, I am launching @MD_chat for physicians to participate in advancing our collective understanding of the influences of emerging technologies on our culture, health, privacy, dignity and many other aspects of the human condition.

Below is a slideshow introducing MDchat and explaining how it works (if you can’t see it, you can view it here or here): ……………….

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An article in Evansville Courier Press by Karen Owen-Phelps:  Quilts help old barns become art form -- Local quilters use them like a canvas (photo credit)

An old barn is more than a storehouse for hay and livestock in the eyes of some area folk-art lovers. It's a canvas for their favorite art form — the quilt.

Quilting enthusiasts in Western Kentucky are encouraging farmers to let them hang large panels painted in traditional quilt patterns on their barns.

"The first time I saw a barn quilt I thought, 'I want one of those!'" said Judi Inge, 55, of Owensboro, Ky., who is active in the Owensboro Area Quilters Guild. "My mother felt the same way."  ……….

The article provides links for more info and photos:

Ohio County Barn Quilt Trail

Kentucky Arts Council:  Quilt Trails

Ohio Barns:  Quilt Barns  (photo credit)

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Dr Anonymous’ guest this week will be Dana Lewis & Swedish 2010 Health Care Symposium.      The show begins at 9 pm EST.

Upcoming shows:       

10/9 : From Seattle
10/14 : About Social Health Track at BlogWorld Expo
10/16 : On Location
10/21 : About DigPharm Mtg
10/23 : Saturday Nite
10/28 : About FMEC Mtg
10/30 : On Location

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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