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Grab your tissues. This is what Pulitzer Prizes are for.

April 18th, 2007 · 41 Comments

It’s coming up on 3 years for me as a pediatric oncology fellow. As I’ve discussed earlier in this blog, it take an increasing amount to generate an overt emotional response. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is due to the fact that my emotional range has been severely re-calibrated as a […]

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Tags: Cancer · Fundraising · Oncology · Pediatrics

Pediatric Grand Rounds: Volume 1, Issue 24

March 11th, 2007 · 32 Comments

Welcome to Pediatric Grand Rounds, Volume 1, Issue 24!
It seems that many of the pediatricians are swamped with patient care duties. It could be the tail-end of RSV season, the onset of rotavirus season (depending on where you are), or the ongoing norovirus outbreaks. Whatever the case, this week’s call for grand […]

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Where do you serve the subpoena? The Hall of Justice in Metropolis?

March 2nd, 2007 · 11 Comments

So here I am, trying to do some serious writing tonight, and the table of contents for this month’s Archives of Disease in Childhood shows up in my inbox. Six out of ten times I don’t even bother to read through it, even though I’m an ad hoc reviewer for it, and even though it’s […]

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Tags: Humor · Pediatrics · Weirdness

Jewish Penicillin. Coming soon to a drugstore near you.

March 2nd, 2007 · 12 Comments

One of the (good) unintended consequences of the recent reports of toxicities associated with over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medications for children is a new willingness to re-examine these products. As many have shown, cough and cold medications are a multi-billion dollar a year sinkhole. You know that this is a valuable market […]

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Tags: FDA · Pediatrics · Rant

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

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

Pediatric Grand Rounds 1:19 is up

December 30th, 2006 · No Comments

PGR 1:19 is up at Breath Spa for Kids. Shinga did, as usual, another fine job, especially when one considered that she did one two weeks ago. The next issue will be hosted at Parenting Solved. Submissions should be sent to pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Bryan Vartabedian.
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Pediatric Grand Rounds 1:18

December 19th, 2006 · 9 Comments

(Virginia Beach, VA) Well, first, please accept my apology for the 48 hours delay. My best laid plans often go awry, and they did this weekend. I was hoping to get this up on Saturday night, but in order to get out of town on Sunday I needed to pull a nearly all-nighter […]

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Tags: Blogging · Pediatrics

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

Pediatric Grand Rounds 1:11

September 10th, 2006 · No Comments

Shinga, author of Breath Spa for Kids did a terrific job on the most recent Pediatric Grand Rounds (Volume 1, Number 11), which is now available for your edification.

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Chief Complaint: “Doctor, he has horrible stomach pain.”

September 8th, 2006 · 7 Comments

One of the best things about being a pediatric oncologist is that your medical thermostat is set so low that you take any complaint with a degree of seriousness. An otherwise well 3 year-old child with a temperature of 100F probably wouldn’t make it past the answering service for a community pediatrician. But […]

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Tags: Pediatrics

Eat What I Say, Not What I Do

September 8th, 2006 · 5 Comments

Anyone who has spent a lot of time in a children’s hospital knows that the quality of food served in the food courts ranges from poor to atrocious. And I’m not just talking about taste. I’m talking about nutritional content. When I was doing my residency at a fine midwestern hospital, […]

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Tags: Pediatrics · Rant

I have an idea … let’s make the needles longer!

September 2nd, 2006 · 3 Comments

Well, here’s a story that seems counterintuitive until you think about it for a minute or two. Did you ever stop to think that the type of needle used to administer an immunization could have an effect on the immunogenicity of the vaccine? Or on the incidence of local reactions (redness, swelling, pain)? […]

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Tags: Pediatrics

I love my job. This is one of the reasons why.

August 8th, 2006 · 2 Comments

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I almost forgot …

March 2nd, 2006 · 1 Comment

What was I thinking ?!? I totally forgot to mention the best thing that happened to me today. I ran into a patient who I think is very special, who is finishing up her chemotherapy today. She’s not one of my regular patients, but I was involved in her care shortly after […]

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Tags: Cancer · Medicine · Pediatrics