Archives for April 26, 2006

Good News on the Coffee Front


Medscape Medical News
Coffee May Not Increase Risk for Heart Disease
News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
Release Date: April 25, 2006

April 25, 2006 — Coffee does not increase the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in men or women, according to the results of a large, prospective cohort study reported in the April 24 Rapid Access issue of Circulation.

"We found that coffee consumption was not associated with an increased risk of CHD," lead author Esther Lopez-Garcia, DrPH, from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, said in a news release. "This lack of effect is good news, because coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world…. The length of follow up is important because it allowed us to examine the long-term effects of coffee consumption."

Drink up! (Starbucks not listed as a study sponsor).

Three D’s of Effective Leadership

Today, while performing a reduction and splinting, I decided it was time to enlighten my nurse and tech with some leadership education: Specifically, the Three D’s of Effective Leadership.  (I didn’t spend all those years in uniform for nothing).

I elected to share them with you when, on going back to the patient’s room, the patient’s family member asked me to recount them so he had them right (he wasn’t asleep during the reduction, like the patient).  Smart fellow, and attentive.  He has them and it’s only fair you do, too.

So, here they are, the Three D’s of Effective Leadership: Decide, Delegate, and Disappear

Decide: you cannot lead without making a decision.
Delegate: Leadership is different from management.  Delegate so you can Lead.
Disappear: Nobody goes to the delegate when the leader is around.  Let the delegate work.

So, there you are.  Use your new powers for good, and not evil.