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Archives for May, 2007

Hawaii a Canary?

The Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture is worried about the effects that climate change could have on Hawaii, given the fragility of the ecosystem there: Warming signs seen stressing state’s growth By Helen Altonn 20 May 2007 Hawaii will be “the canary” that alerts the rest of the world to the damaging effects…

New Kind of Epilepsy?

Only in LA, they say, but these things could happen anywhere. A wanted man who wanted to make it to court really early May 22, 2007 For your Stupid Criminal Alibis file, consider the case of the guy stopped by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy and informed that there was a warrant out for his…

It has been a party, sure enough; more like an exercise in Bacchinalian debauchery.   Changes Spurred Buying, Abuses By Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Scott Higham Washington Post Staff Writers Wednesday, May 23, 2007; Page A01 …Congress created the GSA’s buying program in 1949 to make it easier for the burgeoning federal bureaucracy to buy…

Do VLBW Preemies Get PTSD?

This is in response to a comment from a prior post.  There are a few related questions here. Can preemies develop PTSD, can they be labeled with PTSD, if they can get PTSD is it fundamentally the same as it is in adults, and if it is different, should we call it something else???? The…

Delirium: Don’t Miss It

One of the things that most consistently surprised me, when I was doing the consultation-liaison rotation in residency, was how common delirium was, and how frequently it was missed by the medical team.   Even since then, it has evolved into a pet peeve of mine.  The brain is a rather important organ, and when…

Global Dimming

This topic (global dimming) has already been mentioned on SB twice, once on Stoat, once on Living the Scientific Life.  Others have picked up on it, too (1 2 3 4 5, among others).  It was featured in a news article here.   The Nova video that was linked to on Living the Scientific Life…

Only a Number?

I specifically remember a phrase from a handout I read in the second year of med school, imploring us to not depersonalize patients by referring to them, for example, as “the pancreas in room XXX.” That was the thought that I had when I saw a photo in the LA Times: This is only a…

Each of the major papers has to choose one story to have the most prominent headline.  Today, USA Today chose this one: Drivers cut back — a 1st in 26 years By Paul Overberg and Larry Copeland, USA TODAY The average American motorist is driving substantially fewer miles for the first time in 26 years…

Cute Panda Photos

These are from the World Wildlife Federation News blog. Newborn: Day 3: Day 120: The full set of photos is here.  Absolutely the most precious thing in the world.

When Will They Ever Learn?

With Wolfowitz out, Gonzalez on the way, can they even be seriious aboutthis nomination? Bush Asked to Reconsider Safety Nominee By STEPHEN LABATON Published: May 18, 2007 WASHINGTON, May 17 — Senate Democrats urged President Bush on Thursday to withdraw his nomination of a top lobbyist from the National Association of Manufacturers to lead the…