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Entries from April 2006

It’s the little things that help

April 30th, 2006 · No Comments

It is with increasing dread that travel by air, and not because of the fear of a catastrophe at 35,000 feet. Rather, it’s the accumulation of the little things: missed flights, lost luggage, the middle seat. Now I know, that in my profession, these small inconveniences should not be of concern. […]

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Down the drain …

April 28th, 2006 · 5 Comments

I was messing around with a new news aggregator last night and set it up to pull in interesting medical articles. I found a fascinating story about increasing levels of prescription drugs showing up in the water supply because of people flushing their expired medications down the toilet.
Somehow this turned into a […]

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¡Véale la semana próxima!

April 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

So I’m off to Guadalajara, Mexico this weekend to be a profesor extranjero at the XXIX Congreso Nacional de Pediatria. I’m giving a talk entitled “Tumores cerebrales lo nuevo en diagnosis y tratamiento” and a talk entitled, “Sindromes neoplasicos de tendencia familiar”. I’m also participating in a panel discussion entitled, “Cancer pediatric, mas […]

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Feeling a little feisty tonight?

April 27th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Then maybe you’d consider writing your congressperson to encourage them to support the Castle Budget Amendment to restore funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Here’s the scoop:
Young investigators are the future of cancer research and the failure to maintain a significant level of investment in cancer research will […]

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Lost to follow-up …

April 27th, 2006 · 11 Comments

The phrase lost to follow-up is frequently used in medicine to describe patients who you can no longer locate, despite your best efforts. Sometimes this happens early in the course of treatment, for example a patient seen in an emergency room who comes in to have a wound repaired but never shows up for […]

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Nerd humor gem of the day … (enjoy!)

April 26th, 2006 · No Comments

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Energy of activation

April 25th, 2006 · No Comments

So it was a busy day today (there’s a surprise). Not as busy as Monday, but enough to keep things hopping. There are several things that I’m trying to get started in the laboratory that, in nerd speak, have a higher E-sub-A (activation energy), than I anticipated. One project, involving separating out […]

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Post 100!

April 24th, 2006 · No Comments

Once upon a time, now coming up on 10 years ago, I was a big amorphous blob. Well, not so much a blob as an incredibly pale, skinny, caffeine-addled, up-all-night grad student. I barely ate, and when I did it was mostly … well … crap. I was still exhaling wee bits […]

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The Indignities of being a Sheep

April 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments

And to think, people get on us scientists for experiments on mice …

Sheep in coats with web ads. Now that’s cruel. Those crazy Dutch.
And of course, somebody’s pissed off about it …
Clearly defines the scope of the problem: “My first reaction was a smile; it is very creative,” said Bert Kuiper, the town’s […]

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Five bits

April 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

So after a mind-numbing night on call - not terrible, mind you, rather just with pages every hour or two preventing any solid sleep - I’ve been reduced today to catching up with paperwork interrupted by burst of less-than-enthusiastic netsurfing. Since I’m quite certain that there is no benefit in sharing my paperwork with […]

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Ride For Them Fundraiser: 5/28/06 (Jamaica Plain, MA)

April 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

Alas, I’m mired in another 4-day stretch of being on-call. Top it off with my having picked up some virus or another, probably at my last moonlighting shift. Thursday was BMT call and I felt so poorly that I slept in my call room from 5p until 7a responding only to phone calls […]

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Why I love biking to work

April 21st, 2006 · No Comments

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Things that are good (or not bad) for you …

April 20th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Well, good morning. As I was getting ready to get started on the day, with a brainful of NPR Morning Edition ensconced in my subconscious (the result of having the radio going on at 5:30a and not waking up until 7:30a), I figured maybe I’d take a moment to share with you, in my […]

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Best of the ‘net today

April 17th, 2006 · No Comments

I love the internet for so many reasons, not the least of which are the little gems of creativity that you stumble across. I heard about the One Red Paperclip site quite a few months ago, and just checked in with it today. The premise is that this gentleman from Montreal, Kyle MacDonald, […]

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My own marathon day …

April 17th, 2006 · 3 Comments

So today is Marathon Day here in Boston. I’m conducting my own marathon — a seven hour stint in the urgent care center. Truth be told, it’s not that busy. My one and only marathon (Chicago, 1998) was immensely more painful.
It’s been slow here - lots of ear checks, a few throat […]

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