Archives for June 19, 2007

MedBlogs Grand Rounds 3:39

from CodeBlog:

Welcome to Grand Rounds 3:39! This is my fourth time hosting (The second four-time hoster!) and to commemorate the occasion, I’ve decided to unleash Henrietta the Healthcare Worker, my inner advice columnist. Enjoy the links!

Another very imaginative Grand Rounds, from the only other four-time hoster (hostess?)!

BBC NEWS | Health | Coffee ‘could prevent eye tremor’

BBC NEWS | Health | Coffee ‘could prevent eye tremor’

Coffee ‘could prevent eye tremor’

People who drank coffee had a lower risk of blepharospasm
Drinking coffee protects against an eyelid spasm that can lead to blindness, a study suggests.Italian researchers looked at the coffee drinking and smoking habits of 166 people with blepharospasm.

Sufferers have uncontrollable twitching of the eyelid which, in extreme cases, stops them being able to see.

One or two cups of coffee a day seemed to reduce the risk of the condition, the team reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Again, coffee saves.  What can’t it do?

Calling All Doctors: Casting Call

Doctors are sought to appear in a documentary about docs. This arrived by email, and I have her consent to reproduce it here:

I am co-producing a documentary with a colleague of mine, Dr. Ryan Flesher, board certified in emergency medicine. I am a licensed Social Worker from the healthcare industry who never fully understood, until recently, the impact and impossible demands made upon our doctors.

I now straddle two worlds: a view from the patient’s side and a view from the doctor’s side. It has been both an enlightening and disheartening experience. After all that I have learned from my research for this film – clearly, it is time that we elicit compassion for our physicians.

The physicians’ view is rarely talked about. If I had not researched, interviewed or discovered what doctors are experiencing, I would never have known. The film’s producer, Dr. Flesher is discouraged by the business and politice, not the art, of medicine for a myriad of reasons, all of which we will be highlighting in our documentary. He could quietly walk away from medicine, leave it all behind. But he is not doing that. Instead, he is doing something purposeful with his experience by creating a film that will give voice to physicians on what needs to be said. This film is a first of its kind.

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