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Archives for October, 2009

Thanks to some friends, colleagues, and strangers, we’ve almost got another project funded. There’s only 85 bucks left to fully fund this creative math project. Let’s see if we can get this done before the sun rises.

When there’s no place to go

A few weeks ago, I wrote a little about hospitals “dumping” patients. At least around here, it’s a rare problem. But what about people who don’t get dumped but have no place to go? Let’s take “Mrs. Anton”. She’s 68 years old and has metastatic breast cancer. She’s going to die of the disease, but…

Donors Choose, donor fatigue

The Donors Choose challenge still has about ten days left, and we are falling off track for meeting our goals. There’s about $1000.00 in challenge money still needed for needy Michigan classrooms, and given the traffic increases on this blog, there must be a number of people who can afford a couple of bucks. I’ve…

Good health reporting still exists

There is so much bad health reporting out there that sometimes I forget that there are still some reporters out there who know how to do more than google. A recent issue of Forbes features a report by Mattew Herper about human papilloma virus as a cause for some head and neck cancers. It’s written…

If we stop for ice cream, the terrorists win

Ahh, Saturday night. Our plans were simple. MrsPal wanted to run some errands at the mall, and PalKid wanted to go out with me for sushi. The plan sounded great, but I thought, “hey, it’s Saturday night. We should hang together as a family.” So I ran it by everyone and we agreed to have…

The wild Weil world of woo

Dr. Weil is often seen as the smiling “mainstream” of alternative medicine. He’s a real doctor (unlike, say, Gary Null), and much of what he advocates is standard and uncontroversial nutritional advice. But Weil illustrates the two biggest problems with so-called alternative medicne: once you’ve decided science is dispensible, the door is open to anything,…

DrPal gets called out

A couple of days ago I posted a cranky rant that most doctors can relate to. But folks aren’t too interested in what doctors think, apparently, so let’s examine what others think. I confessed my behavior to a number of nurses in a local hospital, and the summary response was, “I would not wake a…

Donors Choose Health Care Challenge

Just a reminder to you all that my Donors Choose campaign is still going strong. Yesterday I issued a challenge to health care workers to toss a couple of bucks to needy classrooms. If we’re lucky, some of these kids will be our colleagues some day. So far, in response to my challenge the kids…

How to survive your hospital stay

Recent discussions around here reminded me that it’s time again to talk about what it’s like to be in a hospital, and how to survive the experience. But first, as we move into the last two weeks of our very-successful Donors Choose challenge, I’d like to invite health care professionals in particular to participate. Gifts…

My Donors Choose drive is part of a larger drive. ScienceBlog’s campaign is part of a larger Social Media Challenge, reaching out to millions of internet users to help kids. I’m running second among my SciBlings, thanks to Dr. Isis and her theatrics, but Scienceblogs is doing great overall, especially compared to our friends at…