Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Grand Rounds #47 - From one room to another

I'd like to welcome you all to Grand Rounds, the blog carnival of all things medical.

I have hosted a dozen carnivals so far, I am very interested in the concept of the blog carnival, and I compile a monthly Meta-Carnival, so it's strange that I have not hosted Grand Rounds before.

This may be because I am not an MD or an RN (though my wife is). I am not even a PhD yet (though this will change in a couple of months). Still, this blog (and I sure hope you take some time to look around) is dedicated to the science of chronobiology and the medicine of sleep (I am aware of only two other bloggers who are in the field - any others for the blogroll?), and I leave posts about personal life, blog memes, books/movies, current events and my political rants out of here (on my other blog) so, heck, why not invite a bunch of health professionals over here for some cool med-blogging.

Of all the carnivals out there, Grand Rounds tends to have some of the most creative hosts (to be fair, Skeptic's Circle and The Tar Heel Tavern had some very creative hosts, too) and I have done some creative thematic carnivals in the past, but for today I decided to "play it safe" and just present a simple introduction to medical bloggers and their best recent posts, organized by Rooms - the places where stuff is happening. So, let's do it!

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In the Classroom

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Let's start with a good laugh. The Drunken Lagomorph reminisces about an important moment in anyone's personal history: How I learned the difference between farts and boners.

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From the Clinical Cases and Images Blog a link to an excellent teaching and reference resource: 30,000 Medical Images, Tables and Figures from Leading Textbooks are Online.

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In the Emergency Room

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It is apparently not unheard of for a woman to give birth without experiencing the wonder and joy of pregnancy. Mike Pechar of Interested-Participant may himself have been an interested participant in a pregnancy or two, but it is rare to hear about an example of Birth Without Pregnancy.

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DrTony woke up the squimishness in me with a post about, among else, hanging.

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In the Ambulance (not a Room)

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From Lingual Nerve a breath-taking (or breathless) story:
Not Breathing.
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In the Hospital Room

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From Keith of the Digital Doorway a saga from the frontline of nursing in two parts: The Language of Illness and Stories Unfolding.

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Tony writes on the Hospital Impact blog. This post is on the unique issues faced by male nurses.

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Maria of Intueri wrote An Open Letter to All the Patients I Have Ever Cared For: "It is an expression of my appreciation for all the people who have put their faith (sometimes I wonder blindly) in me as their medical student or doctor."

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From Over My Med Body a thought about a patient, and patients in general...as people, not diseases: The Patient Snapshot.

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From Time To Lean - it's not easy being a nurse: Injury report.

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Outdoors (by definition not a Room)

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From Mr. Hassle's Long Underpants an exercise in Field Orthopedics:
If it's bent, straighten it

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Dr Emer of Parallel Universes sent: Walk! "With the rising oil prices, Filipino citizens are asked by their President to walk or use bicycles." A silver lining?

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From my other blog Science And Politics a post about a study performed outdoors and why that matters: Malaria and Melatonin: Co-evolution Around The Circadian Clock

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On the Internets and beyond (each in own Room, sometimes padded)

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Orac of Respectful Insolence keeps fighting the "alties" and exposes their tactics and rhetorics in The pharma shill gambit.

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Alun from Archaeoastronomy has an entry on Dr Chris Malyszewicz:
Let’s hear it for Dr Chris Malyszewicz. He's someone who wants to sell a magic bullet for MRSA. So what he does is give the national papers in the UK stories about how MRSA levels in various places are 40 times higher than the 'safe level'. When he hits a hospital they do their own checks and find no MRSA and it seems Malyszewicz doesn't keep his samples, but that doesn't help with the inevitable bad publicity.

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In the Doctor's Office (also a Room)

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From Majikthise: Pediatricians and obesity: "A recent survey of 738 North Carolina pediatricians found that self-described thin docs are reluctant to counsel their patients about obesity compared to their heavier colleagues."

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From The Examining Room of Dr. Charles a great story: Cutting Beauty.

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DB of DB's Medical Rants wrote What this patient needs is a doctor! Sure, an old saying, but DB is using it in a very different sense.

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From Shrinkette a look at the labyrinth the patients need to wade through:
A Lonely, Uncertain Road.

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Rare tumors, empowered patients, long trips for expert care is an essay on the changing doctor/patient relationship, from Kent of Sound Practice.

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In the Science Lab (a Room, too)

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Amy of Diabetes Mine on The Great Glycemic Index Debate and how iffy it is.

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From Dr.Lei of Genetics and Public Health Blog on the utility of genetic information at this early stage of the genomic revolution: What's the Point of Finding Genes?

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From KidneyNotes: Tandem Heart is a percutaneous ventricular assist device placed by cardiologists.

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Michelle is The Krafty Librarian.
Flaws in Validating Medical Studies. An article in the Boston Globe and in PLoS question the validity of many published medical research articles. The entire peer review process is questioned. According to the PLoS article, "It can be proven that most claimed research findings are false." Where does that leave us, who depend on research to treat or be treated?

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I wrote a short post on Circadiana about relationship between circadian rhythms and the bipolar disorder: Bipolar - Avoid night shift.

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In the Hospital Boardroom

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Sumer Sethi of Sumer's Radiology Site sent IMAGING REFFERAL-A revolutionary concept for the radiologists in India. Who is actually making a diagnosis?

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Allen of Gruntdoc sends Doctors push St. Luke's to forgo $25 million gift. He says: "Why a hospital would take a plaintiff attorney's money and then put his name
on a hospital tower is utterly beyond me. I am not alone."

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Aggravated DocSurg in EMTALA, ED Call, and Medicare writes: "...many specialists (and non-specialists) view ED coverage as a poorly reimbursed burden, laden with a worrisome risk for malpractice exposure. On the other hand, hospitals need to have specialty coverage commensurate with the services they provide for elective patients..."

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From The Nurse Practitioner's Place: Hospital Acquired Infections - Report or Not?
"If you try to hide information that could be potentially important to patients, it could be perceived as suspicious."

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Dr Bob from The Doctor Is In: Quality in Medicine - Part 2: Transparency, the second part of an ongoing series on assuring quality in health care, this post addresses some ideas on improving transparency in medicine.

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In the smoke-filled backroom (of newspapers or Congress)


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InsureBlog on genetic testing in the workplace: Wearing Genes to Work.... While it's still somewhat "under the radar," it's a topic of interest.

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From the HealthyConcerns dot com blog a sharp look at a poll with leading questions: More on wages vs. health benefits: "Polls about what employees want (pay raises or health benefits) come up with contradictory results, but it may be all in how they asked the questions".

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This week on the Health Care blog, Matthew Holt wonders if recent moves to expand state Medicaid programs could ultimately lead to universal insurance.

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Here, a post from theHealth Business Blog puts a political spin on some worrysome statistics: Motorcyclists: Libertarians or Socialists?

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From Red State Moron a post regarding a recent editorial in the New York Times on “Workaholism and Obstetrics”.

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Now, after all this HTML typing I need you docs to tell me how to fix my carpal tunnel!

Please go and dig through the archives of Grand Rounds and check the submission guidelines so you can send your entries for next week to Straight From The Doc.

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Addendum: I'd like to thank all who have contributed to the carnival, as well as all who have posted a link to it (if I missed you - let me know, as it is hard to discover all the links amid the Instalanche): Pharyngula, Majikthise, Drunken Lagomorph, Respectful Insolence, Archaeastronomy, Blogborygmi, Dr.Charles, Cut To Cure, Science And Politics, Medpundit, CodeBlog, Gruntdoc, Medmusings, KevinMD, Kidney Notes, Dr.Tony, DB's Medical Rants, Gamecockdoc, Braised Lambchop, Accidental Verbosity, Nurse Practicioner's Place, Jayne Doodles, Straightfromthedoc, MSSP Nexus Blog, Digital Doorway, Parallel Universes, Genetics and Public Health Blog, DocSurg, Insure Blog, HealthyConcerns.com, Health Business Blog, Dean's World, Red State Moron, TTLB Ubercarnival and Instapundit.

3 Comments:

Blogger Allen said...

Well done!

4:54 AM  
Blogger Dr. Emer said...

Great job!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

Sorry. I left this trackback on the wrong post! Feel free to delete the other one.

Just leaving a trackback to this post from the Genetics and Public Health Blog - Grand Rounds #47: The Best of This Week's Medblogging.

Coturnix at Circadiana is hosting this week's Grand Rounds #47 - From one room to another. Traveling from "the classroom" to the "hospital room" and ending in the "smoke-filled backroom" (I'll hold my breath while I'm in there) can be pretty exhausting but well worth the trek....

10:41 PM  

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