Abbreviations, Acronyms and Medicine

Gentle Reader,
On occasion it’s handy in medicine to use the “insider” acronym, as COPD is easier than Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Notice the little dots under COPD? Hover your cursor over the letters, and an explanation should magically appear.

So, if there are little dots under acronyms from now on, there’s an explanation available.

Crud. After fooling with this ‘feature’ in 3 browsers, trust Internet Explorer to screw it up. So, if you use IE you won’t be able to see these, unless you just hover the cursor over every acronym, as the little dots don’t show up. Thanks, IE. Turns out it just doesn’t preview correctly in IE, but publishes as hoped. Sorry IE!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There’s excellent explanations of this most Hallmark of days at the History Channel site.

Go and educate yourself, then baffle your sewwtie with your knowledge of the day!

Minor Site Redesign; Oh, and I’m Selling Out

Today I have launched a minor site redesign. The links you’re used to finding in the right sidebar are all still here, but now they’re on the left.

The reason for the new design is to add a new sidebar over on the right, which will accept ads. I’ve applied a medical maxim to this decision: never be the first, and never be the last. It applies to medical procedures and medicines, and now to medical blogs.

As this has entailed new templates, if you find something broken, please email me.

Update: Thanks to all who pointed out bizarre behaviors. I think these are all behind us now (one of the comment templates seems to be calling for something it cannot find, then pouts). It’s been replaced with the original model, which seems to work just fine, thanks.

Google Maps

Sell your Mapquest stock, Google Maps (beta) is here. I like it, but don’t take my word for it, play with it yourself.

Marines go to Super Bowl

courtesy of the Cleveland Browns! – Marines get free Super Bowl tickets – Feb 5, 2005

CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (AP) — Fifty Marines got a special thanks for their service from the NFL’s Cleveland Browns — a free trip to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The Browns donated 50 tickets to Sunday’s championship between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots for Marines who have served or will serve in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Some of the tickets that cost $500 and $600 each were passed out to stunned Marines on Friday at Camp Lejeune, the East Coast’s largest Marine Corps base. Tickets also were given out at Parris Island, South Carolina, Reserve Command in New Orleans and Central Command in Tampa, Florida.

The lucky Marines will sit around the 50-yard line.

I already know who won the Super Bowl: the Cleveland Browns organization!

Dean Wormer – John Vernon, ‘Animal House’s’ Wormer, dies – Feb 4, 2005

John Vernon, a stage-trained character actor who played cunning villains in film and TV and made his comedy mark as Dean Wormer in “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” has died. He was 72.

There’s (probably) no Double-Secret probation in Heaven. Say hi to Belushi for us.

More Identity Theft Offline Than Online-Study

Yahoo! News – More Identity Theft Offline Than Online-Study

Federal regulators warn that the Internet is the thriving frontier for identity theft, but 72 percent of the thefts of personal information for scams last year was done offline, a new report says.

Identity theft — the practice of stealing someone’s personal information and running up bills in their name — cost Americans $52.6 billion last year, the report says.

Thieves got their victims’ bank or credit information online in just 12 percent of the cases.

Identity thieves aren’t making a killing electronically — they’re picking through trash and thumbing through lost or stolen wallets,…

Yeah, it bugs me those numbers as a percentage don’t get to 100, but I can live with it.

I have family members (hi, mom!) who cannot believe how much of my life goes online, including my buying and bill-paying. Some is discomfort with the truly new (so, I push this button and all my money vanishes to where?) to fear of the Dread Internet Pirate.

DIPs exist, but are less common than the old fashioned theives. Just thought you should know.

Mobile virus infects Lexus cars

This belongs here because all docs drive Lexus cars, right?

SC Magazine

Lexus cars may be vulnerable to viruses that infect them via mobile phones. Landcruiser 100 models LX470 and LS430 have been discovered with infected operating systems that transfer within a range of 15 feet.

“If infected mobile devices are scary, just thinking about an infected onboard computer..,” said Eugene Kaspersky, head of anti-virus research at Russian firm Kaspersky. “We do know that car manufacturers are integrating existing operating systems into their onboard computers (take the Fiat and Microsoft deal, for instance).”

It is understood the virus could affect the navigation system of the Lexus models, it transfers onto them via a Bluetooth mobile phone connection. It is still unclear which operating system the cars in question use.

I’ve given this about 20 seconds of thought, and am still wondering why anyone would go to the trouble of writing a virus to screw up a Lexus.

The only answer I come up with is they’re trying to hack the security system, to make it easier to steal. Nothing else makes sense, unless it’s kids trying to prove they can break something.

Glad my car isn’t bluetooth capable. I’d be turning it off.

Update: Or, it’s a competitor (Mercedes, Porsche, Buick (snicker)).

Platoon Leader awarded Silver Star

1st Infantry Division News

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SCUNION, BA’QUBAH, Iraq — After leading his platoon through a fierce onslaught, enemy fire pounding them from every direction, 1st Lt. Neil Prakash went back in for more.
First Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste joined Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment at FOB Scunion Jan. 14 to award this 24-year-old tank platoon leader one of the military’s highest honors – the Silver Star Medal.
“An incredible officer, his accomplishments on 24 June are clearly heroic,” said Batiste. “He sets a very high standard for every one of us. I guarantee veterans of the past are standing very tall right now.”

Oh, and he’s a blogger! His citation is amazing, and he’s just what makes America great (the article explains that).

via InstaPundit

Johnny Carson

I was going to write about his passing, then read a post and the following comments that say what I would, could I write:Vodkapundit – Johnny.

Fair winds and following seas, sailor.

Der Spiegel Online links to the C-130 Pics

Welcome, Der Spiegel visitors!

Today, I got two heads-up in the comments of a post about C-130 crash photos posted here January the 7th.

Der Spiegel Online picked up the story, and published the photos, with as the source caption (which is how the commenters found their way here).

I have no idea what the article says, as my German is non-existent. Another blog link in a language I don’t speak. I sense a theme for the week…

Update: ran the above through a Bablefish translation, and it’s essentially the same story, citing Aviation Week & Space Technology as the source of the story.

2004 Best Medical Weblog Award Winner!


2004 Medblogs Awards

The 2004 Medical Weblog Awards

We are very proud to present the winners of The 2004 Medical Weblog Awards in the following four categories:
The Best Medical Weblog of 2004: GruntDoc
The Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2004): The Cancer Blog
The Best Clinical Sciences Weblog: CodeBlueBlog
The Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog: symtym

I’m extremely gratified at winning, and lack the right words for the occasion. I’m astonished someone other than my mom reads this, and thank you all, especially those who took the time to vote.

The winners of the other fields are excellent blogs, and are way, way better than this one. I encourage everyone to go and visit them (but then come back here).

For the record, both GruntDoc and Symtym are graduates of the Fresno Emergency Medicine Residency, and if that’s not a dynasty, it has no meaning. I’m sure they’ll be adding this fact to their recruiting brochures tomorrow.

Wholehearted thanks to Drs. Ostrovsky, Geldard, and Choi for this contest. I don’t think they anticipated shenanigans, but that’s what they got, and they are to be commended for fixing the problems and moving forward. For the record, my thumbwrestling challenge stands. I hope to see you all on the speaking tour.

Also, many thanks to the sponsors, Steve Hoffman with MedScape and MedGadget (a subsidiary of EchoJournal).

Again, thank you all, and please come back!
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Most interesting blog link (to me)

…is this blog, ScoreCard Signals. It’s in Japanese. The blogger is a Hospital Manager in Osaka, Japan, and his blog has very pretty graphics. I presume the text is good, too, but that’s just a guess.

Marines Literally Under Fire

Well, at least next to one…
Hoo RahWhen help arrived, the Marines continued doing their part at the scene of the accident by directing traffic and assisting with emergency vehicles.

“They were working on him when we arrived,” said Westport Fire Chief, Jim Westover to the Press- Republican. “They grabbed gear from the ambulance and kept working. They were incredible.” …

These young Marines charged into a fuel truck on fire to pull the driver to safety. Incredible. I sincerely hope they’re put up for a commendation, and that the “unidentified truck driver” is rewarded similarly.

via Marine Corps Moms

I have an excuse…

ScrappleFace: Study: Family, Friends Reduce Quality Internet Time

A new survey from the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society shows that relationships with family and friends may reduce both the quantity and quality of time spent surfing the internet…

Although I wasn’t part of the study (that I’m aware of), this would certainly explain my lack of posting recently. Fortunately, I now have all those pesky relatives out of the house and can resume my regular, inane programming.