Welcome to Grand Rounds, the weekly recap of the best in the medical blog universe! And welcome to Medgadget, where our team of researchers, doctors and engineers cover the world of medical devices and health-related technology news.For Grand Rounds this week, we suggested bloggers send us technology-related material, and they rose to the challenge; we received some amazing links. Of course, there was great non-techie material too. It’s all below, loosely categorized, with photos and quotes lifted from posts of note. …….
Amazing story from BBC science reporter Neil Bowdler: Bionic hand for 'elective amputation' patient (photo credit)
An Austrian resident has voluntarily had his hand amputated so he can be fitted with a bionic limb.The patient, called "Milo", aged 26, lost the use of his right hand in a motorcycle accident a decade ago.….. what is called a "brachial plexus" injury to his right shoulder left his right arm paralysed. Nerve tissue transplanted from his leg by Professor Aszmann restored movement to his arm but not to his hand. ….
…..Libby highlighted what was and is wrong with medicine today. Private physicians cannot and should not be allowed to manage patients who are sick enough to be admitted by phone – ………The solution stares us in the eye – interns need a stricter cap on the number of patients they can admit or care for at one time. …... Sixteen-hour shift is not the answer – it only aggravates the actual source of the problem
Patients are often a source of inspiration and hope.
One such stand out individual is Nathan Charles.
I first met Nathan in January of this year in my role as team doctor for the Emirates Western Force rugby union team. Nathan is a 21 year old elite athlete playing number 2 (hooker) for the Western Force. But what makes this achievement even more admirable is that he has cystic fibrosis. …………
……….. I got to thinking about the not-so-subtle way women have been treated in science, even the most celebrated ones.A few months back, I wrote a post about how the Nobel Committee (a committee of guys) in 1911 tried to get Madame Curie NOT to come and collect her second Nobel Prize. ……….
……..For now, may I highlight a few of the more striking differences between Europe and the States, as noted by a Kentuckian on his first trip across the Atlantic?(I realize that sophisticated well-traveled people already know this stuff, but I can’t help myself.)First...The transportation system in Europe uses much smaller vehicles……….Second…The bikes! I was stunned by the sheer numbers of smart-looking people pedaling around on the sidewalks and streets of Hamburg……….On healthcare:(A disclaimer: I am only making observations and asking questions; I am not suggesting we adopt the German healthcare system after a five-day visit.)I quickly learned that all German citizens get free healthcare. But those who desire ‘more’ care can buy additional private coverage. ……….
If Cartier-Bresson was still taking photos today, he would ditch his Leica and be taking photos with an iPhone. At least, that is the view of Knox Bronson, a curator, composer and iPhoneographer who has been gathering a stunning gallery of iPhone photos on his site: P1XELS the art of the iPhone.Bronson, who is a purist, is only interested in collecting photos that have not in any way been manipulated outside of the phone by a computer: