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Entries from February 2007

Ahead of the curve (two updates) …

February 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Apparently I’m reading the correct journals because the subject of two of my recent posts are covered in the two recent issues of the New England Journal of Medicine:
First, there’s a terrific perspective piece on chikungunya fever from the current issue. It sounds like physicians are going to need to learn how to pronounce […]

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Tags: Blogging

Not Milk?

February 28th, 2007 · 12 Comments

One of the curses of being of Ashkenazi origin is the lactose-intolerance that has prevented me from enjoying regular milk on my morning bowl of cereal for the past, oh, 20 years. Well, maybe not a curse - especially given the miracle that is Lactaid milk - but it rates at the least, […]

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Tags: Food · Hematology · Pediatrics · Science

The Vaccine Debate Continues

February 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

One of my favorite public radio shows, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, took up the continuing discussion of the new human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking here (of note, On Point also podcasts their shows).

One of the aspects of the debate around this vaccine that always […]

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Tags: Medicine

Tuesday Mornings …

February 27th, 2007 · 6 Comments

As mentioned previously here, I await the Tuesday morning New York Times with the same level of excitement that I await my monthly copy of Neuro-Oncology. I enjoy reading about the different perspectives on medicine afforded by the Times, and I’ve also grown to enjoy matching wits with the Cases column.
This week’s Cases column, […]

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Tags: Computers · Infectious disease · Medicine

Note to self …

February 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I came across this on Flickr. I think I’m going to do this to a pole near where I work. See how long it lasts.
Originally uploaded by Avi_Abrams.
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Tags: Medicine

Nice Legs. Who owns them?

February 25th, 2007 · 4 Comments

You may be wondering whose owns these legs, and why they’re clad in little red and white ribbons. I was wondering that myself, as I was leafing through this week’s American Medical News. It turns out that they belong to television host Meredith Vieira, who apparently rented them to the pharmaceutical giant […]

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Tags: Industry · Media · Medicine · Rant

What, no padded cargo bay?

February 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“I thought the only space traveler who wore a wig and an adult diaper was William Shatner.”
–David Letterman
In light of the recent lapse in judgement by one of NASA’s finest (which you can read about ad nauseum by Googling ‘weird astronaut’ or some variety thereof), there has been increased scrutiny placed on the mental […]

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Tags: Science · Weirdness

Pediatric Grand Rounds (Vol. 1, No. 23)

February 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Pediatric Grand Rounds is up at Allergy and Asthma Source. Dr. Lourdes de Asis did a very fine job organizing the entries. Given the recent article on the adverse effects of praise in children, she opted to make it an egalitarian PGR. I was thrilled to discover a new physicina blog - […]

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Tags: Blogging · Fundraising · Grand Rounds

Neurologists 1 - Internet 0

February 23rd, 2007 · 4 Comments

 Mrs. Blog, MD heard a story on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday and apparently thought about me, and my, er, thriftiness.
The story is about Dr. Michael Levy, a neurology resident at Johns Hopkins University, who apparently has made hobby out of getting all of the free stuff that internet pop-up ads promise you (e.g., free computer, […]

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Tags: Internet

Grand Rounds

February 20th, 2007 · No Comments

The original medical blog grand rounds (v. 3, n. 22) is up at Pure Pedantry.  Jake Young, an MD/PhD student at Mount Sinai did a nice job organizing all of the entries with an Oscar’s theme.
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Tags: Blogging · Grand Rounds

“You don’t mind if I tape this, do you?”

February 19th, 2007 · 23 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, when I had a serious bout of insomnia, I stayed up until past two o’clock in the morning watching All The President’s Men. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies.
I noted the absence of tape recorders as the fictionalized Woodward and Bernstein went about their investigations. […]

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Tags: New ideas · Oncology

A mile in these shoes …

February 18th, 2007 · 117 Comments

“I love Scandinavian consumer goods”. I actually had a dream about that phrase last night. It is clearly because I spent the better part of the afternoon installing an Elfa shelving system in our utility room. Now, I’m a left-handed Jew, which puts me in the highest possible risk group for causing […]

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Tags: Medicine · Personal · Photos · Tidbits

Our Version of Boldface Names

February 17th, 2007 · 5 Comments

There used to be a gossip column in the New York Times. Well, something akin to a gossip column, and thankfully nothing like Page Six in the New York Post. But during its time, Boldface Names was an old-fashioned seen-around-town listing of non-entertainment big names. In what will likely be my only-even […]

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Tags: Boston · Cancer

When you care enough to send the very best …

February 16th, 2007 · 5 Comments

I was driving back from my overnight moonlighting gig this morning … well, driving may not be the best word choice. I was inching my way down Route 1 in the middle of morning rush hour traffic, with my trusty coffee at my side and WBUR on the radio, and exercising my extraocular muscles […]

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Tags: Cancer · Rant

National Insecurity

February 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I’ve been trying to keep my mainstream media intake to a minimum of late: as much as I like to be informed, too much dreck tends to give me a stomach ache. If the networks took the accumulated hours spent on covering the untimely death of a former nude model and used it to […]

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Tags: Politics