Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Shout Outs

Sharp Brains  is this week's host of Grand Rounds.  You can read this week’s “brain and cognition” edition here.

Encephalon (brain & mind blog carnival, edition ) finally meets Grand Rounds (health & medicine blog carnival).

What a nice surprise. Hello. Nice to meet you!

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Kim, Emergiblog, is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 4, No 8) ! You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

Greetings from Las Vegas!

It’s the BlogWorld Expo edition of Change of Shift!

Well, at least it’s being compiled in the same city.

We have a new blogger again this edition, and an unintended ER theme seems to have arisen from the nursing blogosphere this week!

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I meet the founder, Meaghan Edelstein, of  this charity organization, Spirit Jump, at the BlogWorld Expo.  They send cards of encouragement to children, women, and men battling cancer.  I hope you will check out their website and perhaps send a few cards.  Check out this nice article on Spirit Jump:

Such a “spirit jump” is exactly what Meaghan Edelstein had in mind when she created Spirit Jump (www.spiritjump.org) as a way to connect patients with people who want to brighten the day of someone with cancer. Indeed, it was personal experience that gave Edelstein the idea. “I was given a 20 percent chance of survival,” says Edelstein, who was diagnosed at 28 with stage 3 cervical cancer in 2007.

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H/T to @bobcoffield for this reminder to be careful what you say.  Read the whole article, “Twitter can be a legal minefield: Watch what you say: It's amazing the trouble 140 characters can get you into By Gillian Shaw, Vancouver SunOctober 15, 2009”

Medbloggers at #bwe09 good summary of types of legal pittfalls of twitter, including defamation http://bit.ly/3E5w9x (thanks @kevinokeefe)

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FDA Issues New Drug Disposal Guide by Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer, MedPage Today,  Published: October 15, 2009

Many of the more dangerous substances, such as opioids, should be disposed of by flushing down a sink or toilet, the agency said.

Included on the flush list are a number of fentanyl, morphine, and oxycodone-based drugs. The full list is available on the FDA's Web site.

But the agency said most medications are not recommended for flushing and should instead be mixed with an unpalatable substance, such as coffee grounds or kitty litter, placed in a sealed plastic bag, and thrown in the trash.

The FDA also recommended the use of drug take-back programs -- available through municipal trash disposal agencies in many area -- as an alternative to disposal by trash or drain.

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This shows just how amazing the brain can be!

Embedded video from CNN Video

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H/T to @ BiteTheDust for the link to this nice article:

RT @precordialthump: Clozapine-Induced Acute Megacolon (TPR) http://bit.ly/c1hmm6:58 PM Oct 11th

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This Thursday night  Dr Anonymous will have a post-BlogWorld Expo Show. Come join us. The show starts at 10 pm EST.

Upcoming Dr. A Shows

10/22: Dr. A Show: Post BlogWorld Expo

You may also want to listen to the shows in his Archives. Here are some to get you started:

GruntDoc, Sid Schwab, Dr. Val, Kevin MD, Rural Doctoring, Emergiblog, Crzegrl, Dr. Wes, TBTAM, Gwenn O'Keeffe, Bongi, Paul Levy, John Halamka, and ScanMan

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For any of you doing research on Alzheimer’s – did you know you can apply for research grants from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)?  You can!  The grants are $10,000 to $30,000.  The money is raised by quilters with activities such as this one:  World Quilt Federation Smackdown to raise money to fight Alzheimer's using these four quilts from some well respected quilt artists!

 

 

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