Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shout Outs

Dr. Rich, Covert Rationing Blog, is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds! You can read this week’s edition here.

Especially since the events of last week, it would be absurd for DrRich to think that everybody is out to get him. Still, it seems plain that, of late, …...

And so, Dear Reader, while DrRich is certainly happy to be hosting Grand Rounds for the fourth time, and is particularly delighted with the quality of postings which he has the honor of featuring this week, it occurs to him that hosting an event with such high (and well-deserved) visibility might draw certain “extra attention” here.  So perhaps you had better read this quickly.………

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H/T to Dr. RW for the link to this article by Dr. Denton Cooley: Feuds -- Social and Medical

Feuds of various types can occur between individuals, families, and nations. A number of notorious feuds have occurred throughout history. For instance, two early American politicians—Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton …………….

The rivalry, or feud, between Dr. Michael DeBakey and me deserves some brief reflection and an attempt at explanation. …………..

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H/T to Medical Quack for the link to this article: Elderly surgeon gets three years probation in death of cosmetic surgery patient

Dr. Lawrence Hansen, an Orange County-based surgeon under investigation by the state medical board in connection with a patient’s death, has been placed on three years probation, according to court papers filed by the board last week.

An accusation against Hansen, 85, of Cypress was filed with the Medical Board in July alleging negligence, incompetence, failure to report a patient death, performing surgery in an unaccredited facility and unprofessional conduct.

DOCUMENTS: Read accusation ……….

This takes us back to the recent New York Times article by Laurie Tarkan: As Doctors Age, Worries About Their Ability Grow

and just recently to this article by Donna Cardillo, MA, RN: Can a nurse be too old to work at the bedside?

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I found this CNN article by Madison Park very interesting: Severely short Ecuadorians resistant to diabetes, cancer, study says (photo credit)

For years, Dr. Jaime Guevara-Aguirre of Quito, Ecuador, noticed that his shortest patients never seemed to get the common ailments that befell others.

These patients had a genetic mutation that would not allow them to grow more than 4 feet tall -- their heights would be fixed to that of a 7-year-old for life.

Although they aged, Guevara-Aguirre noticed that "they developed neither cancer nor diabetes." "That was fascinating," he said.

That observation launched a 22-year study. …..

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It’s that time again, St. Baldrick’s, but this year it’s different for our friend Movin Meat: The Cause of My LIfe

When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer eight weeks ago, at the age of 36 and with four kids, the youngest of whom was 4 months old, it was what one might call a shock, the like of which you don't get too many times in a lifetime. It was a life-altering moment. As we walked out of the hospital, numb, one thing was clear, above all else:

This Changes Everything

There were so many decisions to be made. ……What was I going to do about St Baldrick's? ……….

Oh, and if you’d like to help me help Movin Meat, consider purchasing this quilt.

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Dr. Kathleen Young, Treating Trauma in Chicago, has been writing using her blog to note National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  Check out her advice in this post: Eating Disorder Prevention (photo credit)

……….The authors of the book Real Girl/Real World created a list of 5 Easy Actions to Help Prevent Eating Disorders:

1. Don’t diet. …….

2. Forbid teasing about body shape and size. …..

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Last Thursday night I caught this local news story on a ceremony at the State Capitol to honor families of fallen troops. There were 24 families who received Gold Star Banners honoring their loved ones who died while serving our country. The Lost Heroes Art Quilt was there also.

The Lost Heroes Art Quilt is five and a half feet tall and 15 feet long. The quilt has 50 squares, one for each state in the U.S., and each square features the childhood photo of a fallen soldier dressed in an authentic G.I. Joe shirt.

It is the work of Julie Feingold.

Here is a video of the quilt.

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