Welcome to Aetiology and this week’s edition of Grand Rounds. It’s my pleasure to host this carnival for a second time, and I greatly appreciate all of you who sent along submissions for today’s round-up.
I want to start by briefly mentioning what looks to be an excellent new source, especially for those of us who do a lot of lecturing and are always looking for good images. Via John at Stranger Fruit I found that Wellcome has released a gallery of medical images to the public. I’m featuring a few below, but the site is worth a browse when you have a few extra minutes.
So, without further ado, on with the show…
Health and critical thinking
Dr. Val at Revolution Health writes about the power of magical thinking, and the tactics of the “snake oil salesman.” Regular readers at Aetiology will probably not be surprised to recognize many of these tactics in some of our frequent commenters here–a nice post, and highly recommended.
At Med Journal Watch, mousetrapper finds that one herbal remedy may not be all it is cracked up to be. Fortunately, the supplement was found to be safe, if not efficacious.
At the Teen Health 411 blog, Nancy provides some sobering statistics about teen pregnancy, and discusses a program intended to aid communication with at-risk teens.
Speaking of sobering, from other things amanzi comes a report of the sentencing of an HIV+ man who raped several virgin girls in an effort to cure himself. In light of South Africa’s years of government-sponsored AIDS denial and promotion of traditional medicine, Bongi muses on justice and blame.
Elsewhere in Africa, JC Jones at Healthline Connects writes about the current state of public health in Somalia (and the state of the country in general)–and unfortunately, things only seem to be getting worse.
Research and findings
At Neurotopia, Evil Monkey has written a multi-part series on hormones and menopause. Part One: history and basics. Part Two: types of HRT and consequences Part Three: cognitive consequences, and Part Four: things to keep in mind.
At The Tangled Neuron, Mona has an excellent overview of Chlamydia pneumoniae and its potential link to Alzheimer’s disease.
Can commercial airflights cause altitude sickness? Abel at Terra Sigillata reviews the literature.
Hsien-Hsien Lei of Eye on DNA sends along notice of a new website bringing genetics to life by including interviews and videos of families dealing with genetic diseases.
On the job
Dr. Roy of Shrink rap has a bone to pick. He writes to tell us that more goes into a psych consult than a request for one, but he’s even quicker to point out that professional courtesy extends to all branches of medicine.
At Emergiblog, Kim turns the tables a bit and asks what do patients owe their health care providers? As she notes, good health care is a team effort, and the patient can benefit by understanding their role on the team.
Another hot topic has been the ongoing autism trial, where a group of parents are asserting in court that vaccines damaged their children. At Breath Spa for Kids, Shinga has an excellent summary looking at some of the coverage thus far, with lots of links for additional reading.
The best of the rest
Susan at Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good discusses an upcoming seminar she’s teaching to medical students on grief and loss–much good advice on what to say (or what not to say) to someone who’s experienced the loss of a loved one.
How long is too long when waiting in the emergency department? Dainius at NY Emergency Medicine describes a case where a patient sued after waiting 8 hours to have his fingers sewed back on.
Thanks for stopping by! Next week’s edition will be hosted at Vitum medicinus.
All images via Wellcome.