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Archives for October, 2009

Update: you guys finished funding one of the projects below, which is incredibly generous.  I’m a big fan of micro-donations, so feel free to kick a buck or two into another project! –PalMD OK, you guys have been great. We’ve funded eight projects in needy Michigan schools, reaching 630 kids—and many of the projects are…

HPV vaccinination—this is real, people

First let me remind you that I’ve written extensively about HPV infection, cervical cancer, and Gardasil, the vaccine to prevent these. The links are at the bottom of the post for your reference. OK, here’s the deal. A bloggy friend of mine is dealing with some serious health concerns due to HPV infection. I’ve written…

Donors Choose: a new project

The last project I was trying to fund—a netbook for a classroom–is finished. The netbook is on the way. This one is really cool. It’s from an inner city chemistry teacher. As the husband of a teacher (and briefly a teacher myself) I can only imagine the struggles of this teacher and her kids—most are…

BMI TMI update

I’m very worried about the change in seasons, and about eating in response to stress. I’m starting to worry that I can’t do this. My sleep patters are terrible, due to work. It’s hard to eat better when you don’t feel well and you’re used to treating mood with food. The good news is that…

Dr. Isis assures me that she will soon unveil a secret weapon to pull ahead in the Donors Choose challenge. I’m all for anything that helps kids, but c’mon—we can stay ahead. Even small donations help tons. For example, if 23 people give $10 each, we can buy a netbook for a classroom in need.…

My readers are pretty bright, and for that I am thankful. As you have no doubt noted, I posted a nice, cranky rant this morning. Shall we examine it dispassionately in the light of day? Any doctor who takes care of inpatients walks a fine line. As most nurses know, docs can be real assholes.…

Good morning

Dear RN, Thank you for choosing a difficult, sometimes thankless, but often rewarding profession. We need more people like you. And please know that I am available by pager 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for my patients. If anything goes wrong, I’d like to hear about it. My training has prepared me…

Donors Choose: I’m in awe

You guys (and my next blogging check) have managed to fully fund several programs already (six by my count), and we’re not even at the half-way mark in the drive (well, we’re almost there). We’ve reached over 550 kids. I have a great project for you: there’s a classroom in Michigan that wants to buy…

I am culturally insensitive

A reader sent me an interesting post from her own blog. It’s well-written, compelling, and betrays an exceptional intelligence. It’s also completely wrong. The piece is called, “Bias, Racism, and Alternative Medicine”, an intriguing title. The first part tries to establish that “Western medicine” in one of many ways of understanding health and disease. She…

Swine flu is not any nastier than the usual seasonal flu but young people are particularly susceptible to it. The mortality rate is quite low—-even at it’s worst, flu mortality rarely goes about 1-2%, as it did in the 1918 pandemic. But this flu is attacking a very large number of people; 1% of a…