Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Shout Outs

iMedicalApps is the host for this week’s Doctor Watson issue of Grand Rounds! You can read this week’s edition here (photo credit).

This is the first time iMedicalApps is hosting Grand Rounds, and to those not familiar, Grand Rounds is weekly collection of medical blog posts with different themes — hosted by various blogs.

To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what Grand Rounds was until very recently. When I started iMedicalApps in November 2009, we were a rag tag team of physicians and medical students, and I had no experience with the “medical blogosphere” — I didn’t even know it existed, I just wanted to review medical apps and provide a quality resource for medical professionals.  ………..

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These two are both breast cancer survivor related.  Powerful!

HT @medicallessons who tweeted “Make Them Hear You: Voices of Metastatic Breast Cancer - http://t.co/4Jmkzrh

Last weekend, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) launched an e-newsletter called “Voices.”

The name reminded me of a video MBC and LBBC  helped with last year: “Faces of Metastatic Breast Cancer.”

The low-key video shows a variety of women doing every day things with their families and commenting on MBC. It’s not a public service awareness message–it’s not preachy. Some people are serious, but many are laughing, playing with their kids and so on. It’s well worth a look!

Here are some other women who have inspired me: 

Molly Ivins:

“Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you;
then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better
than that.”
–Molly Ivins 1944 – 2007, columnist, political commentator and humorist

Plastic surgeon @mchrysopoulo tweeted about a video his group put together and posted on their Facebook page: Tattoos that tell Breast Cancer stories. Go watch the video!

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Recently @seattlemamadoc shared her “Ultimate Disaster Kit” segment and interview she did.  Great advice!

Where can people find out more about emergency preparedness?

· On my Seattle Mama Doc blog, I recently wrote a post about emergency preparedness.

· I’d also recommend checking out the American Red Cross’ Website and 3 Days 3 Ways for more information.

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H/T to @crzegrl15 who tweeted:  Nursing hero: Evacuation of war-wounded in Libya: first-person account by MSF nurse http://bit.ly/gaiZS6

Editor's note: Alison Criado-Perez, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) shares this first-person account of evacuating war-wounded people out of Misrata. Ali is a nurse working for MSF in Libya and Tunisia. She has previously worked in Nigeria, Colombia, Uganda and Central African Republic. The video embedded in this blog post shows Ali actually treating a patient on the boat described in the account shared below. ………

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H/T to @Allergy who shared this on twitter:  Lost in translation: the warning "I am deathly allergic to nuts" accidentally became "I am absolutely dying for nuts" http://goo.gl/h8Myp

Ted Leonsis, founder of the company that owns the Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics sports teams, along with Verizon Center in Washington D.C., ……

He's also had to deal with his allergy in a foreign country. He recently visited Paris, and before leaving, asked the stewardess to translate into French the following message: "I am deathly allergic to nuts. Please do not serve me any nuts or nut products." He then passed the note to a server at a French restaurant. The message was lost in translation, accidentally becoming "I am absolutely dying for nuts. I must have nuts." The error was discovered when the waiter brought ten plates of nuts out for Leonsis. ……….

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H/T to @grahamwalker who shared this tweet:  Awesome. NEJM Clinical Practice review on "Care of Transsexual Persons." Very progressive of them. nejm.org/doi/full/10.10…

It truly is a very nice article which I would encourage all physicians to read.

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Threads has a wonderful article on the recreation of this jacket created for Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts: Threads seamstress contributed to jacket on display at Winterthur Museum

The jacket is currently on loan to the Textiles Gallery at Winterthur Museum, Library and Garden in Wilmington, Delaware: The Plimoth Jacket: A Paradise in Silk and Gold (photo credit)

On loan to Winterthur from Plimoth Plantation, the Plimoth Jacket is not an exact reproduction. Rather, it was re-created from two examples in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. One was chosen for the cut and construction of the jacket and the other for the design of the embroidery. Both originals date to the 1620s. ……

The sewing, embroidery, and lace were all entirely done by hand. The lace spangles (the tear-drop shaped sequins hanging from the lace) were created using tools made specifically for the project. The tools and techniques replicate those from the 1600s. Even the lining was hand-woven and dyed with natural indigo.

Learn More

View a PDF presentation about the creation of the jacket.

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