Margaret Chan appointed to lead World Health Organization
My ethnic pride welled today as I learned that Margaret Chan has been appointed to lead the WHO World Health Organization. My parents are from Hong Kong and my dad may have known her from his medical training and practice there. Dr. Chan receive...
How to Cite Blogs in Formal Academic Medical Papers
Unexpectedly, the National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health, in the second edition of their Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, included a section on citing blogs and other material on the internet. Also unexpected...
Feed Reading, Three Ways (Part 4)
This is the final part of a series on reading feeds more efficiently.Let's recap. It's difficult (if not impossible) to keep up with all the new information posted to countless websites without using RSS feeds. In part 1, I suggested that the prol...
Why Doctors Don't Email Patients
Image via WikipediaIt's no secret that I'm a strong advocate of patient physician communication by email. (See, for example, "Does Providing Email to Patients Benefit Patient-Physician Communication," "Someone Please Create Free, HIPAA-Compliant P...
Green Leaf Lettuce and Ground Beef Recall Due to E Coli
Hot on the tail of the recent spinach contamination comes a fresh batch of reports of bacterial E Coli contamination of lettuce and ground beef, which could cause a serious diarrheal illness.Definite contamination of ground beef has occured, where...
Top Toddler Parenting Myths
This week, I was asked to speak to our preschool co-op about Child Safety. It got me thinking about what I think are the top health myths for parents with toddlers, having to do with child safety:1) You can adequately install a child car seat you...
Monthly Introduction to Tech Medicine
What's this blog all about?My goal in Tech Medicine will be to explore the intersection of medicine, new technologies, and the Internet. This is a purposefully broad topic. Several times weekly I will post focused reviews of issues interesting to ...
FDA fines American Red Cross $4.2M for Donor Violations
The American Red Cross (ARC) is the largest single agency involved with collecting blood for our nation's strapped supply of blood products used in transfusions. Today, the FDA fined the organization $4.2 million, the largest single fine, for vi...
Thanks to The Blog That Ate Manhattan for Grand Rounds!
Image via WikipediaThanks to the The Blog That Ate Manhattan for Grand Rounds and for including my post on the Doctor's Room on FriendFeed. (It you haven't yet seen it — have a look!)
4 Patients Can't Breathe Due To Botulism Contamination
More on this when I'm not so beat: 4 patients are paralyzed and dependent on a ventilator to make them breathe after suffering from the toxic effects of Botulism toxin traced back to unrefrigerated Bolthouse Farms carrot juice:The carrot juice con...