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Archives for February, 2009

PalCast 6

It’s up and ready! It’s maybe not my best, but I’m getting used to my new equipment and I’ve been out of the podcasting biz for a while. Feel free to come back here and discuss.

MTV news is reporting that Bow Wow is coming to Chris Brown’s defense. For those of you who have been too busy worrying about the economy to follow the personal lives of celebrities, Chris Brown is a young singer who beat the shit out of his girlfriend Rihanna, another young singer (I’m sorry–”allegedly” beat the…

Good bye, Henry

Yesterday, a fellow medical blogger suffered a blow most of us cannot imagine. She goes by the name “drsmak” and was a great writer before her son fell ill, but when her son fell ill, her document of the struggle showed us how good the blogosphere can be. She allowed us a view of what…

Sleepless

It’s really early, but I’ve been up for a while. The leg pain caused by the disk pushing into my L5 nerve root is turning me into a cranky insomniac. So this morning I’m giving in. I’m giving up on tossing and turning, grinding some good coffee beans, boiling some water, combining them in a…

The Autism Omnibus Trial is a conundrum for the infectious disease promotion movement. Still, their ability to pick up the goalposts and run is unmatched, and that is just what David Kirby and Robert Kennedy, Jr. have done in today’s Huffington Post. To review, the recent Omnibus decision looked at a few test cases for…

Computer update—w00t!

HP feels really, really bad, and they are sending me a brand new tablet pc, apparently a newer, shinier, happier one. Yea!!

Do quacks prey on vulnerable groups?

A while back I wrote about a naturopathic “physician” who was specifically preying on the Latino community. This is troubling for a number of reasons, some of which I mentioned. In my zeal to rant about the quackery, I may have not delved deeply enough into some of the other important issues. For example, Hispanics…

Computer woes

So I’ve been dealing with a sick computer for a while now. It died ungracefully during ScienceOnline09, first giving me the dread blue screen of death, then giving me a black startup screen that said the pc equivalent of “piss off”. My other computer is a mac, but the hospital’s system isn’t mac-compatible, and my…

If you read the news, you know that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has pancreatic cancer. I am not privy to the details of her illness, but it was apparently amenable to surgery, which gives her a fighting chance, and today, she returned to the Bench. I was going to use her illness to explore the…

Friendly Fire

This is an essay from several years ago, but with so many WWII vets dying, I thought I’d keep this little bit of oral history around. About an hour before my patients begin to show up, I sit at my desk and enjoy a cup of coffee while looking over the charts for the day.…