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Archive for February, 2007

Wednesday, February 28th 2007

I'd Laugh…

…but Hepatitis A is no fun. CNNSI is reporting on how they themselves might have exposed guests at a recent party Sports Illustrated threw to Hepatitis A (the only funny part is reading the article on their news site).

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urged anyone who ate raw food at the Sports Illustrated event, held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, to receive an immune globulin shot by Wednesday.

Health officials and event hosts were also contacting attendees of three smaller events between Feb. 14 and 20 that were within the 14-day window during which immune globulin can be administered to prevent illness.

Authorities identified nine other events involving the affected food handler at a time when the worker could have been infectious, but those attendees were already beyond the 14-day window for immune globulin.

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Wednesday, February 28th 2007

Humans To Artic & Antarctic

The polar bears and penguins (respectively) are already looking for places to hide as man increases his presence on the two least habitable places on earth. The goal, or main goal of, these arctic and antarctic research expeditions, is to study the earth’s warming.

If All Of Greenland’s Ice Melted The Ocean’s Would Rise By 20 Feet

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Wednesday, February 28th 2007

Prevalence of HPV

Two studies in this weeks JAMA are getting major media attention. One of them on how antioxidant supplements actually increase your likelihood of death is interesting but the real gem is a look at the prevalence of human papillomavirus in women. And what do you know the article is free on JAMA’s website.

The Real Question: How Long Until The FDA Regulates It?

Off topic: How many other medical students out there who are AMA members actually read their copies of JAMA (which collect on my coffee table). I’m actually using it as bathroom reading recently, which I think is actually a good thing. Probably TMI.

Anyway, what is the prevalence of the HPV infection in women?

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Wednesday, February 28th 2007

Wrong Again American Intelligence

Castro’s health has been “failing” for some time and I just completely trusted American intelligence reports that he was basically already in his grave. However, a call in to his friend – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s – radio show yesterday shows that apparently is not the case.

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Tuesday, February 27th 2007

Taking All Bets…

…where does this end up?

On the one hand,

As representatives of the five United Nations Security Council members plus Germany met here in the wake of Iran’s latest refusal to halt its uranium enrichment efforts, there were signs that the Islamic Republic’s proposal to cap such enrichment at very low levels may be winning some support in Europe.

But strong opposition from the U.S. and Britain to anything less than a full suspension makes a deal at this point unlikely, said analysts and diplomats familiar with the issue, and most were predicting a gradual ratcheting up of U.N. sanctions and a continuing impasse.

Iranian officials “have made a series of miscalculations of how united the international community is,” a British diplomat, speaking under standard diplomatic protocol of anonymity, said as envoys from the six nations met behind closed doors at the British Foreign Office

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Tuesday, February 27th 2007

Defending Bush's Health Care Plan

“Insurance? Market?”

Conceding that health care reform over the next decade will have to provide coverage for virtually everyone in this country, which would I rather see:

  • A mandate (individual and some sort of pay-or-play deal), with tax breaks, and overreaching regulation of the insurance industry to make coverage affordable
  • Or a plan implementing some sort of massive expansion of either social insurance (Medicare-For-All) or public assistance?

While having objections to both, the two are clearly not equal under my personal political philosophy. The first one is more desirable. And Bush’s individual market tax break/employer funded tax “levy (?)” proposal is a step in that direction.

Via Managed Care Matters comes a series of posts on Health Care Policy & Marketplace Blog arguing that the private market (with, unfortunately, some government encouraging) can work to dramatically expand health insurance coverage in this country.

Here’s the most telling post explaining why the plan is a step in the right direction and here’s a post offering the most optimism I’ve seen considering the Democratic controlled Congress.

Tuesday, February 27th 2007

Bird Flu In Kuwait

Do I have to post every time Drudge reports the spread of bird flu in a country? Can’t you just go to Drudge itself to see this stuff?

Apparently not.

Kuwait has 12 H5N1 cases in turkeys and chickens. My first question: there are turkeys in Kuwait?

Tuesday, February 27th 2007

I'm A Red Bull Man Myself

Four Years Of Film School & It Still Looks Like A Chimp Made It

It’s the week before tests.

My life = Red Bull + fast food + little sleep.

And I’m only a second year medical student. I don’t want to think about the next six or seven (or maybe more) years (with the exception of my fourth year).

Watching medical education and training promote such poor habits the ironing irony is delicious. Especially considering my rants on how lifestyle choices contribute to America’s comparatively poor health quality measurements and to increased health spending in this country.

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Tuesday, February 27th 2007

Communicating The Differences

It was the second patient during my musculoskeletal physical exam lab. I was the first of my small group into the room where a rhuematology fellow and an older patient waited.

The patient’s fingers looked too short for the hands and deformed. The thumbs were hidden under the palms. During our short time together the full functionality (or lack there of) of the hands became apparent. This was advanced rheumatoid arthritis.

It struck me how absolutely deforming and devastating this disease was.

More than 40 million Americans suffer from ‘arthritis’. What does that even mean? By far when people tell you they have arthritis they speak of osteoarthritis.

From Mayoclinic.com

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Tuesday, February 27th 2007

Grand Rounds Vol 3, #23

Grand Rounds is up at Musings of a Dinosaur. A submission by Creating the Godcomplex looks over an attempted (unfortunately, successful) self/amateur abortion. Not a pretty story but my pick of the week from Grand Rounds.

Next week it is up at a regularly read blog of mine, at GruntDoc. Submissions are due by 7pm on Monday, March 5th.