Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Shout Outs

John Mandrola, M.D., Dr John M, is the host for this week’s Grand Rounds! You can read this week’s edition here.

Hey all.
Welcome to another edition of Grand Rounds, a collection of writings from medical bloggers, the world-wide.
Here are this week's posts, collated into four chapters, with just a little commentary and a few selected images. ……….

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A really nice piece at EP Monthly by Dr. Greg Henry:  The ED as Political Safe Zone 

………..Now if you believe that the ED is that bastion of neutrality, free of all political bias, I have a bridge in lower Manhattan that heads to Brooklyn that I’d like to sell you. The reality is that politics are everywhere. The question is, how do we rein them in so that we can give out reasonably competent care without letting our innate prejudices control us? ………….

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As Movin Meat said in his post: An Anticipated Relaunch

One of my favorite writers has returned to the blogosphere!  Intueri has relaunched as In White Ink -- The Unwritten Details!  The early posts are promising, as one would expect of a long-time medblogger, and the site design is lovely, as one would expect from the beautiful, minimalist design of the old site.

…….I've added it to my feed reader, and I'd recommend you do as well.

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Kim, Emergiblog, is the host of the latest edition of Change of Shift (Vol 5, No 12)! You can find the schedule and the COS archives at Emergiblog. (photo credit)

Welcome to Change of Shift!

…….Now, let’s get started!

Editors Pick of the Week and Dedicated to Raise Blood Pressure Post: A story of a frequent flyer who needs the flights, presented by NPs Save Lives at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place: He’s Gotta Ticket To Ride and The NP Says It’s Okay posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

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From twitter comes a link to a very nice article

@Mtnmd RT @apjonas Sedentary Physiology Part 1 – Not Just The Lack of Physical Activity http://bit.ly/hlZrxq VERY interesting

The article is written by Travis Saunders who is a PhD student researching the relationship between sedentary time and chronic disease risk in children and youth.  It begins:

Welcome to our 5-part series delving into the fascinating research being performed in the emerging field of sedentary physiology.  Today, we’ll start with an introduction.  For Part 2 in our series, click here.

……., I’d like to give a bit of background.

What is sedentary behaviour?

Sedentary behaviours are those characterized by very low energy expenditure – typically those requiring 1.5 METs or less.

Here are links to all 5 parts:

Sedentary Physiology Part 1 – Not Just The Lack of Physical Activity

Sedentary Physiology Part 2 – Can Sitting Too Much Kill You?

Sedentary Physiology Part 3 – The Importance of Interruptions in Sedentary Time

Sedentary Physiology Part 4 – How Does Sitting Increase Health Risk?

Sedentary Physiology Part 5 – Future Directions

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Medical advances can be amazing!  This NPR story by Richard Knox is exemplary of just such an advance in the field of congenital heart malformations:   Stitch In Time: Fixing A Heart Defect Before Birth

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About 17,000 U.S. babies are born every year with a serious heart defect. Nobody knows how many might benefit from the kind of fetal surgery Wells had. ……

The root cause of HLHS, much of the time, is a partially blocked valve that regulates blood flow from the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, to the aorta, which carries blood to the entire body. …

The goal of fetal heart surgery is "to open the aortic valve at a point when the left ventricle is not quite beyond irreparable damage," says Dr. Wayne Tworetzky, a cardiologist at Children's Hospital in Boston.  ….

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NPR story by Susan Stamberg: In Paris, A Display From Hockney's Pixelated Period.   All the drawings are done on either an iPhone or iPad.  Beautiful!  (photo source)

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