Welcome to Grand Rounds, Vol. 8, No. 9, the 2011 Thanksgiving edition of the weekly summary of the best health and medical blog posts on the web. Many thanks to the organizers at Get Better Health for inviting us to host!
In a world where major economies are imploding and a climate catastrophe seems impending, there is still much to be thankful for — especially in the arena of health and medicine, where technology is empowering a revolution of sorts in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices, and in patients' everyday lives.
What We're Collectively Thankful for, from all around the med-blogosphere:
Last week's host, Alvaro Fernandez at Sharp Brains, is thankful that everyone contributing to and reading Grand Rounds has a human brain (no bots, we hope!), and thankful that the human brain is not fully pre-wired.
Jenni Prokopy, Editrix at the amazing site Chronic Babe, just published a great patient blog carnival about "Gettin' Our Gratitude On." A must-read!
Ramona Bates of Sutured for a Living has a Top 5 List of what she's grateful for — great basics we all should stop taking for granted!
Wes Fisher of the Dr. Wes blog struggled with the theme of thankfulness, but eventually realized that disjointed thoughts can turn into creative prose, and that you can be both a doctor and a writer!
Guest blogger Ken Spriggs at e-patients.net is grateful for the DIYEHR, or "do-it-yourself electronic health record." Now that's progress!
Ed Silverman at Pharmalot is grateful for new frontiers in research, such as looking at foster children being prescribed antipsychotics. This requires attention, because that stuff ain't candy.
Merrill Goozner of Gooznews.com is very grateful that the FDA has done the right thing — in the case of the drug Avastin for breast cancer, at least.
Writing at The Health Care Blog, Pat Masters is grateful for a few last mintues with Andy Rooney, who — true to form — covers his own demise with cranky irony.
Our endocrinologist friend Jen Dyer is thankful for NBC's featuring her new EndoGoddess iPhone app. We appreciate her creative thinking in diabetes care!
Kim from Emergiblog is on her soapbox about giving appreciation where it's due: the oft-browbeaten "rank and file RNs" who've been busting their butts to give good nursing care for decades. We are thankful for y'all, Kim!
Davis Lui, writing at KevinMD.com, muses on How Steve Jobs Mentored a Physician and Changed Health Care. The world is just now beginning to appreciate the many, many ways that Jobs "redefined how we as a society communicate, relate, receive, and create content," in every facet of life.
Henry Stern at InsureBlog is thankful for the latest technique for treating epilepsy, which uses high-powered beams to literally "cook off" affected brain-cells: "this could be a major breakthrough in curing what is an often debilitating illness."
Preparing for surgery, White Turk at SrubsIsReal is thankful for a newfound transparency in medicine: "you have to understand bullshit and be comfortable enough with it to strip a legal document down to what it's really saying." Amen!
Unfortunately, Louise from Colorado Health Insurance Insider is not in a real thankful mood. She's seeing the irony in Congress' actions, dropping its push for nutritional school lunches while at the same time backing cholesterol testing for kids as young as age 9. Oy!
Hopes for the future:
Elaine Schattner, both a doctor and a patient at Medical Lessons, is hoping physicians will keep things personal, remembering that their patients are fellow human beings, and not just digital images for the files.
Jessie Gruman, president and founder of the Center for Advancing Health and blogger at the Prepared Patient Forum, is hoping for improved survivorship care in the years to come, i.e. Who Will Help Cancer Survivors Stay Healthy When Treatment is Over? A great question.
Paul Levy of Not Running a Hospital is hoping that when Congresspeople work "hard" on nutrition and public health issues going forward, their efforts will be more than political theater. Amen x2!
Thanks to all! And don't miss next week's Grand Rounds at The Afternoon Nap Society (a place that sounds really appealing after this week! ;) )