Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shout Outs

Updated 3/2017-- photos and all links (except to my own posts) removed as many no longer active. and it was easier than checking each one. 

Acp Internist is this week's host of Grand Rounds. You can read it here (photo credit).  Great edition!
Welcome to Grand Rounds at ACP Internist, a newspaper serving internal medicine. We're paying tribute to the daily newspaper. Read on for the latest headlines, opinions, features and even the funnies.

The latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 3, No 25)  is hosted by Barbara over at Florence Dot Com!   You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. 
Welcome to Change of Shift, nursing's vibrant blog carnival! I'm thrilled to be your guest host this week and hope you'll find the posts embedded here as interesting as I have. If you're visiting my blog for the first time, I should warn you that I channel Florence Nightingale. I don't take extreme liberties with Miss Nightingale, just try and figure out what her work might say about ours. Sometimes I hit, sometimes I miss. Today, I'm weaving the voices of front line clinicians, consumers, and other interested (and interesting) bloggers around the theme of communication, showing, perhaps, where we are ("Can you hear me? Can you hear me now?") and what enhanced communication might do for us in the future.

I meant to give a shout out to this post by Dr. Howard Luks earlier, but it remains relevant -- Pitching injuries can be avoided!!! Parents are usually the *problem*
The spring parade of pitching injuries is starting. Last week I saw many young kids with early signs of shoulder and elbow issues due to pitching. They all shared one thing in common:  All were throwing more than 100 pitches a week, and they were all under 15 years of age…….

The coverage of our country’s debate and struggle over changes to healthcare continue.  I’d like to highlight a couple of recent posts.  One is up over at Better Health and is written by GwenMayes -- Hot Topics In Healthcare Reform: A Primer 
For those who might not feel up to speed on the latest buzz on health care reform, here’s a quick primer:
Another is by Dr Wes -- Show Me The Money and one by Shadowfax -- More like capitulation than compromise in which he makes this point (the bold highlight  is mine):
Hacker's summary line, I think, is quite accurate -- this is not a compromise, it's outright capitulation.  And it's not like we're going to get a chance to come back and re-do this in a year or two.  As Robert Reich wrote: This is it, folks. The concrete is being mixed and about to be poured. And after it's poured and hardens, universal health care will be with us for years to come in whatever form it now takes.  So it's extra-important to get it right -- or as right as possible -- this time.

Continuing on with difficult topics, I’d like to suggest you read these two nicely written viewpoints on the abortion issue:
  • A Third-Year Medical Student Discusses Her Views On Abortion In The Washington Post by Dr Val (Better Health)
  • In response to Dr.Val on the Abortion “issue” By Vijay (scanman)
Another difficult topic via White Coat -- Promises Promises …
Very poignant article in Yahoo news about how the federal government is failing to meet the needs of many patients in the Indian Health Services – and the disastrous effects the broken promises are having….

From Cocktail Party Physics comes a post “be nice, it’s what makes us human”
Altruism is only a facet of the complex cooperative societies that humans develop, but it seems unique to us. Chimpanzees and other primates cooperate, but the difference between our behavior and that of ants or bees or marmosets or even other primates is that "awwwww" factor: our ability to empathize.

The Quilt of Valor Foundation has begun a new blog (Quilts of Valor Across America) to document their trip across America.  (photo credit)
If you’re traveling along, and you happen to see this blue truck pulling a trailer … then you’ve found us.  Honk, Wave, Smile, let us  know that you care !!!

This week Dr Anonymous’ guest will be  doing a Podcamp Ohio Pre-show.  I hope you will join us. The show begins at 9 pm EST.

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