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Entries from January 2007

Congress Delivers!

January 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Dr. John Niederhuber (director of the national cancer institute) before:

Dr. John Niederhuber today:

Great news! The House of Representatives (yes, the U.S. House of Representatives) just voted to pass the FY2007 Joint Funding Resolution, which includes a $620 million increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and provides significant increases to the National Science Foundation ($335 […]

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Tags: Science

Save the National Cancer Institute from You-Know-Who

January 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Remember how last year how the do-nothing, Republican-controlled Congress failed to approve any of the 2007 budgets?
Well, the current Congress has its work cut out for it, and unless there is significant public outry (or some other miracle), the President’s proposed cuts to the National Institute of Health and National Cancer Institute budgets could cause […]

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Tags: Cancer · Politics

To sleep, perchance to learn …

January 28th, 2007 · 13 Comments

Clark Bartram’s fascinating Wizard of Oz-esque dream-sequence Pediatric Grand Rounds got me thinking about my nocturnal activities.
Despite the fact that my sleep latency is remarkably short, I still insist on going to bed with my trusty iPod on. This is a holdover from when I was much (much) younger, and I learned to fall […]

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Tags: Medicine · Science · Technology

Pediatric Grand Rounds 1:21

January 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments

The latest episode of Pediatric Grand Rounds is up at Unintelligent Design.
I appreciate Clark including a couple of my posts, as well as an oblique reference to my previous flakiness in hosting PGR, especially the Shinga/Blog MD debacle of December ‘06. He’s willing to give me another chance for March 11th. Needless-to-say, I’ve […]

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Tags: Blogging

Plastic Surgery

January 24th, 2007 · 7 Comments

I’m going a little plastic surgery on the blog — I upgraded my WordPress software to their new 2.1 (”Ella”) release, and it didn’t seem to place nicely with the old format. I’m going to monkey around with different templates, so don’t be weirded out if you come by and it looks different from […]

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Tags: Medicine

Parasparopagraho jivanam

January 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments

Every Tuesday morning, when I browse through the New York Times, I head straight for the Science section. It’s not so much that I’m looking for any overnight breaking news in the world of molecular biology. Instead, I’m looking for new perspectives on the same science and medicine that I’m immersed in every […]

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So Much | So Fast

January 22nd, 2007 · 7 Comments

I now have to stop talking about poop GI matters for a while since Adam is going to give the impression that I have an obsession of some sort with the stuff.
Instead of spending time in the laboratory tonight (for which I’m feeling tremendously guilty), I ambled down to my favorite moviehouse, the Coolidge Corner […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Oncology · Science · Technology

Your poop doesn’t smell like roses. It smells like periwinkle.

January 19th, 2007 · 5 Comments

As anybody who has been through a pediatrics rotation or a pediatrics residency knows, this job is all about the poop. Pardon the terrible metaphor, but in pediatrics, poop is our … ahem … bread and butter. It is the one thing that all parents want to talk about at some point. […]

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Hey, Boston … wash your hands!

January 18th, 2007 · 19 Comments

Sometimes I take it for granted that I occupy a part of the world in which there are more Purell dispensers than people.
In fact, at times I wonder if I’ve developed some odd transdermal addiction. I find myself seeing out this glorious gelled delight in settings other than the lab or the hospital. After walking […]

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Tags: Boston · History · Infectious disease · Medicine · Pediatrics

January 18th, 2007 · No Comments

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Don’t blame me. I type.

January 15th, 2007 · 6 Comments

I have a chronic condition: poor handwriting.  Dismal.  Illegible.  Embarassing. 
It looks like something between micrographia and block print.  Done by a left-handed person.  In a hurry.  When I get a chance I’ll write something and scan it in so that you can appreciate the absolute mess that my handwritten documents are. 
It’s not that I didn’t try.  Believe me, […]

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Tags: Medicine

Seeds.

January 9th, 2007 · 3 Comments

As I sit here on the BMT floor for another night’s call, I have the makings of what will likely be a lengthy essay stirring around in my mind.  Much has happend over the past 48 hours at the hospital - much of it important enough to me to want to put it into words. 
However, […]

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Tags: Blogging · Tidbits

Kill Your Television.

January 7th, 2007 · 8 Comments

I don’t watch much television (as a matter of fact, one of my favorite gadgets that I’ve acquired is the TV-B-Gone (it’s a great way to make a hospital room quiet on rounds). It’s not that I don’t like television. I do. It’s mindless relaxation that is semi-informative, occasionally funny, and once-in-a-while, […]

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Tags: Humor · Medicine

Books.

January 4th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man.  Nothing else that he builds ever lasts.  Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build on others.  But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, […]

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Tags: Tidbits

A shared loss

January 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment

This weblog has afforded me a number of truly remarkable opportunities, most notably the remarkable personalities that I’ve met. About a year ago, I came across a blog entitled Geezers United: The Persistent Online Presence of Tom Lunt via, I believe, a MetaFilter link. The post that had gotten so much attention had […]

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Tags: Blogging · Cancer