MedBlog Grand Rounds 4:14 — Internet Journal of Emerging Medical Technologies

Hello and welcome to Grand Rounds at Medgadget! Grand Rounds is the weekly collection of the best in online medical blogging, with posts collected from doctors, nurses, students, researchers, policy wonks, and patients.Today’s edition falls on Christmas Day! When growing up, we always looked forward to a bunch of presents (gadgets?) under the tree — and hope you are waking up to a warm and plentiful Christmas scene today. Perhaps you’ll consider the links below a kind of Christmas bounty, with gifts from around the world designed to provoke, delight, and capture your fancy.

MedGadget is a terrific site, and this is an excellent Grand Rounds.  Happy Holiday reading!


  1. Grand Rounds is a great read. We need to read about the polio virus re-emrging.

    Scientists say polio virus may re-emerge in coming years, possibly infecting millions

    The 19-year-old campaign to eradicate polio is celebrating recent progress and an unexpected infusion of cash, but experts are coming to realize they will not be able to end the laborious efforts to control the virus any time soon, The Washington Post is reporting. Ridding the world of polio will be a far messier business than the 1977 eradication of smallpox, which remains a unique achievement in medicine. That is because it is now clear the virus that causes polio could re-emerge in the coming years, and possibly even decades, after the last case is found. The reason involves peculiarities of poliovirus and the oral Sabin vaccine being used to eradicate the disease.By Gene Koprowski, Editor-in-Chief