Archives for December 11, 2004

Infertility and Laptops

Researchers warn laptop users of infertility risk – Computerworld
Researchers warn laptop users of infertility risk
Years of frequent laptop use ‘may cause irreversible’ problems, they say

DECEMBER 09, 2004 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – Laptops should be used as desktops if men want to protect their reproductive health, according to a new study published today.

A combination of the heat generated by a laptop and the position of the thighs that ‘s needed to balance the computer leads to higher temperatures around a man’s genitals and over time can result in decreased sperm production, according to the study “Increase in Scrotal Temperature in Laptop Computer Users,” which was published in the U.K. journal Human Reproduction.

Though further research is needed, teenage boys and young men should limit the use of computers on their laps, said Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, the leader of the State University of New York at Stonybrook research team responsible for the article. “It’s possible that external protective devices could help,” he said.

Let’s count the days until the mac fanatics pronounce this to be a Windows-only problem…

Word to the Wise III

First, read WTTW I, then add the following:

When the doc has the stethoscope in his ears, that’s not the time to add critical bits of history. And that’s never the time to add worthless bits of history.

We don’t have samples in the ER. The few times we do, the docs and the staff take them home way before you ask.

“I came because I couldn’t afford my prescriptions” is heard as “You work for free, so I came here”.

“I have medicaid” is heard as “You can buy it for me”.

Ladies, we know you don’t like pelvic exams. Your doc has already performed more than they ever wanted to, and there’s another 20 years to go until retirement. Try not to make it any harder on either of us. Ditto men; see also, prostate exam.

We realize you’ve both talked at the same time/over each other your entire lives together, but that’s a little hard to follow for a medical history. Take turns.

The Emergency Room is not a substitute for your primary doctor. Chant that, it’s a mantra. There might be a test, you should study.

It’s going to hurt. If you have to ask, it’s probably going to hurt a lot. I can add up the painless procedures on the fingers of one hand. Life, especially in the ED, involves pain.

Time, especially time in the ED, is relative. What takes us up to three hours to do in the ED could easily be done as an outpatient in about 5 days. Try not to gripe about the time spent.

Nurses are your friends. Don’t piss them off. Trust me.