A Few Questions for the AMA | The Redheaded Pharmacist

Sing it! The American Medical Association AMA just concluded their Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago on Wednesday, June 19th. And it seems as if the profession of pharmacy was a topic of conversation. According to the … [Continue reading]

NEJM on inflight medical emergencies

Via Doximity, a nice review of inflight medical emergencies: We conducted a study of in-flight medical emergencies involving large commercial airlines, characterizing on-board assistance provided by flight crews and other passengers and identifying … [Continue reading]

DoD Buzz | Navy Scuttles All-Cap Messages

Way past time... WE DON’T HAVE TO SEND MESSAGES THIS WAY ANYMORE, the Navy has decided.Word went out from the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command on May 8 that the Navy’s internal messaging system now had the ability to transmit in lower case as well as … [Continue reading]

Mr. Balls, aka Senhor Testicle, goes to bat for cancer research  – NY Daily News

Just go look. At first blush, the mascot's name is rather endearing: Mr. Balls.But for those who might find that descriptive title offensive, the scrotum-shaped character also answers to "Senhor Testiculo" in Brazil, where he is a … [Continue reading]

U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program – The Washington Post

Thank goodness my blog's not on this list! U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret programvia U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program - The Washington … [Continue reading]

I met several CPR survivors today; I was involved with some of them

At the Fort Worth Municipal building, a gathering of AED/CPR survivors. I was told 10 of them; they came with their families, and there were a lot of lay rescuers and EMS, who as usual deserve the credit for a 'save', as if they don't get the heart … [Continue reading]

Carl McCoy: Dear Grads, Don’t ‘Do What You Love’ – WSJ.com

What he said. Even Docs have to come to terms with this. Does the doctor love going into the hospital to see a patient in the middle of the night? Does the firefighter love entering a burning building? Does the teacher love trying to control a … [Continue reading]

FatBottomed Girls, mens’ chorus version

I like it. … [Continue reading]

RAND studies the ED, finds we are good.

RAND did us a huge favor here, documenting the shifts in styles of care and validating most of what we've said anecdotally. http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR200/RR280/RAND_RR280.pdf Enjoy! … [Continue reading]

I turned 50 today

Some reflections on the first third of my life. I've been blessed with people in all stages of my life who supported me, and even when situations didn't warrant it, they kept believing. My parents are alive and healthy, three terrific kids, two … [Continue reading]

Our unrealistic attitudes about death, through a doctor’s eyes

We all die. Here's just a snippet from this doctors' experience: ...Sometimes an estranged family member is “flying in next week to get all this straightened out.” This is usually the person who knows the least about her struggling parent’s health; … [Continue reading]

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy

It's been a while since I posted something fun:   … [Continue reading]

Is farting in the OR transmitting germs?

From the BMJ: “It all started with an enquiry from a nurse,” Dr Karl Kruszelnicki told listeners to his science phone-in show on the Triple J radio station in Brisbane. “She wanted to know whether she was contaminating the operating theatre she … [Continue reading]

All health-care systems have ‘death panels’ of one sort or another | Full Comment | National Post

Via @medskep on twitter: Many scoff at the term “death panel” — Sarah Palin’s morbid, if misleading description of the powers contained in U.S. government health-care legislation back in 2009. Yet there was a grain of truth in that infamous noun … [Continue reading]

iPhone: turn off Amber Alerts

iPhone: Notifications -> Government alerts

Yes, I'm a terrible human being. I turned off my Amber alerts.  (You can too). Here's the thing: If I were on the road a whole lot, Amber Alerts would be much more relevant: X is missing in Y vehicle from Z town. As I'm nearly always a) asleep or … [Continue reading]