Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Shout Outs

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

While Grand Rounds is normally the highlight of everybody’s week here in the medical blogosphere, this time it’s different. …………..

But be assured that there is good stuff to follow. So, if you find yourself incapable of focusing your attention on Grand Rounds at the moment, simply bookmark this page, and return to it once your sense of soaring happiness returns (as it inevitably must) to a more normal state. Be assured that this week’s entries are timeless enough to outlive your ecstasy (an emotion which – alas! – to be effective, must always be transient).

So let us begin.  ………

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Dr. Charles is “Calling for Entries in the 2011 Charles Prize for Poetry Contest.”

Announcing the second annual Poetry Contest!

An award will be given to the writer who submits for consideration the most outstanding poem within the realm of health, science, or medicine. ……….

The contest began Wednesday August 31st and ends September 31st, 2011. The winners will be chosen shortly thereafter by an elite group of 8 judges (other doctors, friends with literary training, and select bloggers).  The contest is open to everyone.

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Fellow blogger Margaret Polaneczky, MD, TBTAM, is one of the authors of the American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Adolescent Healthcare!  She writes:

I wrote the chapter on contraception, but it’s just a teeny-tiny piece of this amazingly comprehensive text, available either in hardcopy or as an e-book from the AAP Bookstore.

Great work, Peggy!

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H/T to @doctorwes for tweeting this:  “One to bookmark: a website that manages medical expenses simplee.com

The site looks like it would be very helpful in keeping track of medical expenses, especially from multiple sources (doctors, hospitals, labs, etc).  I plan to bookmark it and look at it closer.

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H/T to @hrana for the link to this Scientific American article by Larry Greenemeier:  Medical Mystery: How can some people hear their own eyeballs move?  (photo credit)

It sounds like something out of an Edgar Allen Poe tale of horror. A man becomes agitated by strange sounds only to find that they are emanating from inside his own body—his heart, his pulse, the very movement of his eyes in their sockets. Yet superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS) is a very real affliction caused by a small hole in the bone covering part of the inner ear. Such a breach results in distortion of hearing and, often, impaired balance.   …………….

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I stumbled upon a new-to-me quilting blog – A Quilting Life – by Sherri.  Here is a recent post: Quilt in a Day! (photo credit)

I wonder how many of us started quilting with Quilt in a Day quilts by Eleanor Burns.  I know I made about 8 quilts from her Double Irish Chain book before feeling confident enough to try other patterns. (I happened to get on an elevator with her at Spring Quilt Market, and  thanked her profusely for her inspiration during my quilting beginnings--she probably thought I was crazy; I kept going on and on about all the quilts I made from her patterns those first couple of years)!  Anyway, because of procrastination I needed to make a baby quilt in a day.  And I had just a jelly roll and yardage for backing.  ………….

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