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Entries from September 2006

Drinking my morning coffee while listening to NPR reporting on my morning coffee …

September 28th, 2006 · 2 Comments

An interesting story on Morning Edition today about how less may be more when it comes to caffeine. I’m not quite sure if I’d be willing to try this experiment. I couldn’t imagine a morning without a couple of mugs of the good stuff.
A little further down the page I noticed a blurb […]

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Tags: Blogging · Tidbits

In The First Person …

September 26th, 2006 · 6 Comments

It has been a while since I’ve mentioned how much I love the serendipitous nature of the Internet. The fact that by following threads here or links there, I can find so many items of interest is a never-ending source of amusement. Quite some number of months ago, I came across the weblog […]

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Tags: Blogging · Oncology

Grand Rounds!

September 25th, 2006 · 1 Comment

While the deadline slipped my mind this cycle, there were some terrific entries on the current volume of Pediatric Grand Rounds (volume 1, number 12) hosted by Pediatricsinfo.com.
Radiology Grand Rounds are up at Sumer Sethi’s Radiology site.
Enoch Choi has the task of putting together the third anniversary issue of the original blog Grand Rounds, which […]

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Tags: Blogging · Medicine

Ephemera

September 25th, 2006 · 9 Comments

For some reason, my clinic schedule today is not particularly friendly to the concept of efficiency. My first patient was scheduled for 10:30a, which means that I could only get 2 or 3 hours uninterrupted lab time this morning. And now, it’s 10:31 and I’m sitting in the workroom waiting. So why not share some […]

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Tags: Boston · Photos · Rant · Tidbits

Means and Ends

September 25th, 2006 · 1 Comment

A couple of months ago, one of the public relations people from a hospital where I work sent out an e-mail looking for physician-writers who were interested in writing a column in the Boston Globe.  Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity and sent in several of my more eloquent blog entries and some other pieces […]

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Tags: Medicine

Semmelweis is spinning …

September 24th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician who discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever could be reduced by enforcing good handwashing standards, must be tired from all of the rolling he has been doing in his grave. His discovery of the importance of hand hygiene in 1847 and his subsequent experiments clearly showed that physicians […]

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Tags: Medicine · Rant

I doubt my grandmother would consider this …

September 24th, 2006 · 5 Comments

I found a wonderful gem of a story today. One that I think will be the basis of a MetaFilter post. It arrived in my inbox courtesy of Medscape. Now, I don’t mind Medscape/WebMD. It’s a fairly good aggregator for medical news, and they do have quite a bit of […]

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Tags: Medicine

Morning Constitutional …

September 23rd, 2006 · 2 Comments

The second set of photos for my Jamaica Pond Project is now up. It was a treat to take an hour this morning to walk around the pond. The light rain didn’t bother me, and the gray sky set a perfect mood. I think that I’m going to need a better digital […]

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Tags: Boston · Photos

I thought that memes couldn’t speak …

September 20th, 2006 · 2 Comments

… or is that mimes?
In either case, once again, Girl MD has forced me to put aside my real work and instead respond to a blog meme. Sigh.
It is a good one, however. One that is near and dear to my heart: the music meme. Now, I’ve found several varieties of […]

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Tags: Blogging · Music

A few more thoughts …

September 19th, 2006 · No Comments

It’s Tuesday.  Well, at least it was Tuesday at some point today.  Being on-call does tend to disconnect one from the clock.  And the weather for that matter (when did it start raining tonight?).
As I was saying - it’s Tuesday, which means that the NY Times has the usual cornucopia of healthcare-related stories for me […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology · Pediatrics

Award Night …

September 19th, 2006 · 6 Comments

It’s been a big month for awards in science and medicine.  The 2006 Albert Lasker Awards and the 2006 MacArthur Foundation Awards were recently announced.  The Lasker awards go to “… celebrated scientists, physicians, and public servants whose accomplishments have made major advances in the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and even cure of many of the […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Science

I miss my blog!

September 19th, 2006 · No Comments

I’ve been sequestered in a 5-day intensive review of pediatric oncology since last Wednesday, and as a result I’ve had little time to write anything. The course finished this afternoon and of course tonight I’m on-call on the BMT floor. Well, at least it will give me a chance to catch up with […]

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Tags: Rant · Tidbits

We’ve moved!

September 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Much like moving homes, moving a blog is a much bigger project then one expects. After auditioning many different templates, I’ve decided on a theme called plaintxtBlog 2.3. I’m still learning how to work with it, but overall I like the clean, uncluttered look. If you notice any quirks, please drop […]

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Tags: Blogging

Science on the Radio

September 12th, 2006 · 1 Comment

As I was doing my daily cell culture work, I had WBUR on the radio and heard three particularly good science and/or medicine-related stories.
First was an interesting piece on the potential for corporations outsourcing major surgeries for their insured employees to countries such as Thailand or India. Now, while this probably hasn’t happened much, […]

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Tags: Internet · Medicine · Science · Tidbits

Lighten the Mood

September 11th, 2006 · 1 Comment

My uncle, who lives in the land of my people (Aventura, just north of Miami), sent me a joke today. Little did he realize that this is one of my favorite jokes. Given today’s grim commemorations, I figured that I’d share it with you, if anything, to lighten the mood a little.
The year […]

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Tags: Humor