Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Shout Outs

Dr. Deb Serani is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds. You can read this week’s edition here (photo credit).

Grand Rounds is a weekly round up of the best health blog posts on the Internet. Each week a different blogger takes turns hosting - me this time around - and summarizes the submissions of the week.

As a music lover, I thought I'd give Grand Rounds a vintage vinyl feel. So please make sure your phonographs are ready to go. Thanks to Dr. Val Jones and Dr. Nick Genes for the invite.   ……….

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I had already read this MiM post by Cutter (surgery resident), Not just us anymore, before @MotherinMed tweeted

Perfect companion reading to last MiM post: Bringing Out the Mother in All of Us. (by @paulinechen) http://nyti.ms/rdrxia

She is so right. I don’t think it matters which order you read them in, but I go read both of them.

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H/T to @MotherinMed for tweeting the link to this NY Times op-ed piece written by Dr. Ezekiel Emanu: Shortchanging Cancer Patients

RIGHT now cancer care is being rationed in the United States.

Probably to their great disappointment, President Obama’s critics cannot blame this rationing on death panels or health care reform. Rather, it is caused by a severe shortage of important cancer drugs.

Of the 34 generic cancer drugs on the market, as of this month, 14 were in short supply. ……….

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H/T to @krupali and @paulinechen for the link to the Slate article by Meghan O'Rourke and Leeat Granek: How To Help Friends in Mourning -- Condolence notes? Casseroles? What our grief survey revealed. (bold emphasis is mind)

……….The most surprising aspect of the results is how basic the expressed needs were, and yet how profoundly unmet many of these needs went. Asked what would have helped them with their grief, the survey-takers talked again and again about acknowledgement of their grief. They wanted recognition of their loss and its uniqueness; they wanted help with practical matters; they wanted active emotional support. What they didn't want was to be offered false comfort in the form of empty platitudes. Acknowledgement, love, a receptive ear, help with the cooking, company—these were the basic supports that mourning rituals once provided …….

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Medgadget’s post, Animated Anatomies Exhibition of Historical Anatomy Flap Books, prompted me to ask @UAMSlibrary (my medical school) if they had any of them. They replied they would check and get back to me. And they did (photo credit):

Historical Anatomy Flap Books at UAMS http://on.fb.me/plDXqw (cc: @rlbates)

I think I may have to find the time to go look at the ones here locally.

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H/T to @DrVes for the link to the article on Computer Vision Syndrome [INFOGRAPHIC]. From the piece comes this good advice – remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a 20 sec break to look away from the screen at something 20 feet away.

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CNN reporter Matt Sloane is following Diana Nyad’s swim from Cuba to Florida -- Nyad: Today's swim shows 60s 'not too late' for goals (August 8, 2011)

Editor's note: CNN alone will be in the support boats with Diana Nyad on her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. @MattCNN will be Tweeting live. CNN.com and The Chart will have a position tracker.

(CNN) -- Diana Nyad's personal test has begun. At 7:45 p.m. ET she jumped into the water and began her 103-mile swim between Cuba and Florida. ……….

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Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics is a nine-part documentary series which will be available to PBS stations nationwide this fall.  I sure hope my local station carries it.


"Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics" - Independent Production from The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. from The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. on Vimeo.

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