Archives for June 17, 2005

Shazam is done with her Residency

And, like most last shifts, it was no better or worse than any other: Mr. Hassle’s Long Underpants.

Go and wish her luck on her first ‘real doctor’ job.


Ever wonder how toilet flushability is measured? 

Wonder no more.

Short answer, golf balls.

Guidant Recall

FDA Issues Nationwide Notification of Recall of Certain Guidant Implantable Defibrillators and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators.

FDA is notifying health care providers and patients that the Guidant Corporation is recalling certain of its implantable defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators. These devices can develop an internal short circuit without warning, resulting in failure to deliver a shock when needed.

The devices affected by this notification are:

* PRIZM 2 DR, Model 1861, manufactured on or before April 16, 2002   
* CONTAK RENEWAL, Model H135, manufactured on or before August 26, 2004   
* CONTAK RENEWAL 2, Model H155, manufactured on or before August 26, 2004

The devices are surgically implanted in persons who have a type of heart disease that creates the risk of a life-threatening heart arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm). The devices deliver an electrical shock to the heart to restore normal heart rhythm.

The PRIZM 2 and RENEWAL devices are subject to different failures, resulting in the devices’ inability to deliver an electrical shock during episodes of arrhythmia — which could lead to a serious, life-threatening event for a patient. There have been two deaths reported to FDA suspected to be associated with this malfunction.

So, if you happen to have one of these, get out that wallet card and compare models and manufacturing dates.  Then, call your cardiologist!

Mr. Sun!: The boys get a check-up.

Another in my series of links to Public Health Initiatives : Mr. Sun!: The boys get a check-up..

When a man reaches a certain age, it’s time to give the boys a thorough look-see. You don’t need to wait until your nights are a series of five minute naps interrupted by five minutes of standing in the bathroom praying for rain, if you get my drift. I feel it is very important for men to be examined regularly, so I’d like to take this opportunity to walk everyone through the process I just completed in the hopes it will lower the barriers of fear surrounding this very necessary medical procedure. 

I went directly to the Ball Appproval Laboratory, and said goodbye to the boys. They paint them greenish-yellow and spray on some kind of fuzzy ointment. I’m not sure why. I was sorry to see them go, but I knew it was important they get acclimatised:

emphasis mine

Trust me, this stuff is important, and has never been presented in such an excellent manner.