Monthly Archives: February 2009

BehindTheMedspeak: Clap your hands say yeah — you’re carrying MRSA


BehindTheMedspeak: Clap your hands say yeah — you’re carrying MRSA: “


Heres Kathleen Homs February 3, 2009 Washington Post Health section story.


A Show of Hands Reveals the Value of Good Hygiene

may look like an art project your kid brought home, but its actually a
startling visual lesson in the importance of hospital hygiene. During a
year-long study at Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, doctors
discovered a 24-year-old patient densely colonized by
methicillin-resistant staph bacteria — better known as MRSA — even
though he showed no symptoms.

MRSA, the scare bug of the 21st
century, is resistant to drugs usually prescribed to treat it and is
associated with 19,000 U.S. deaths a year, according to a 2007 article
in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

To show how
infected — and contagious — an asymptomatic carrier could be, a
physician examined the patient with an ungloved hand and then pressed
his hand into a petri dish like the one on the right. After incubation,
researchers were surprised to see MRSA bacteria growing in the dish so
thickly, left, that images of the physicians fingers are easily

According to Curtis Donskey, chairman of the
hospitals infection control committee, this demonstrates the need for
hospital staffers to wash hands thoroughly even after examining
‘patients who you wouldnt otherwise expect would be at high risk of
transferring MRSA.’


Tell you what: Im convinced.

But then, Ive been a fanatic about clean hands and gloves ever since the early 1980s, when the disease that would come to be known as AIDS was first described in a report from doctors at UCLA, where I was on the anesthesiology faculty.

When I left L.A. and came to Charlottesville, the other faculty in my Podunk university towns teaching hospital laughed at me because I wore gloves 100% of the time in the OR.

I told them, ‘just wait.’

(Via bookofjoe.)


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Wall-E Wins Oscar For Best Animated Feature [The Academy Reads Giz]


From Gizmodo:

“Wall-E Wins Oscar For Best Animated Feature [The Academy Reads Giz]

A great day for the longtime Gizmodo love target. Andrew Stanton accepted, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for a prerecorded, one-word speech by the character himself. Or by this.

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Father/daughter relationships lead to more girls following dad’s career path

Huh. Well, Molly IS very good at passing gas…!

From Science Blog – News from Science, Medicine, Space, Physics and More — Science Blog:

“Father/daughter relationships lead to more girls following dad’s career path

Good news, dad! All those times your daughter appeared to be tuning you out? She was probably paying more attention than you thought. In fact, a new study co-authored by a researcher from North Carolina State University says the relationship between fathers and daughters is leading to an increase in the number of daughters who are pursuing careers in the same field as their dads.
The study shows that women born in the mid-1970s are over three times more likely than women born at the beginning of the 20th century to work in the same field as their fathers. Much of this is attributable to changes in societal norms ? after all, a century ago women were unlikely to have any kind of job outside the home. However, study co-author Dr. Melinda Morrill says that approximately 20 percent of that increase is due to an increase in the transmission of “job-specific human capital” from fathers to daughters. In other words, dads and daughters appear to be paying more attention to each other.
Morrill, a research assistant professor of economics at NC State, explains that, due to changes in society, the researchers knew there would be an increase in the number of women entering into all kinds of men’s jobs ? including their fathers’ jobs. In order to determine how much of that increase was attributable to changes in how fathers and daughters interact, as opposed to general societal changes, the researchers evaluated the number of women who entered into the occupation of their fathers-in-law. The percentage of women who worked in the same field as their fathers-in-law ? who had invested no human capital on the women ? created a baseline showing the percentage increase that could be attributable just to changes in society.
The researchers then evaluated the number of women who went into their fathers’ line of work. By comparing the number of women who followed in their fathers’ footsteps against the number of women who worked in the same field as their fathers-in-law, the researchers found that 13 to20 percent of the overall increase was attributable to the increased transmission of job-related human capital. “Put simply,” Morrill says, “dads are passing on some job-related skills to daughters.”
Morrill says the study does not show exactly how the father/daughter relationship has changed over the course of the 20th century. For example, Morrill says, “We don’t know if fathers are more likely to talk to their daughters about work because the daughters are now more likely to enter the workforce. It could be that daughters are simply paying more attention to what their fathers have to say about work because the daughters can now consider pursuing this type of career. Or both.”

Morrill co-authored the study with Dr. Judith Hellerstein, associate professor of economics at the University of Maryland.

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Ancestor to Mac OS X’s Spinning Rainbow Beach Ball Cursor Found at Vienna Bakery [Apple Buns]


Ancestor to Mac OS X’s Spinning Rainbow Beach Ball Cursor Found at Vienna Bakery [Apple Buns]: “

As Gizmodo reader Christian was walking his dog the other day in Vienna, he stumbled upon what could be considered the original inspiration for Mac OS X‘s ‘spinning beach ball of death.’

The included pic, supplied by Christian, says it all. We’ve been calling the spinning rainbow cursor the wrong name all these years. Instead of spinning beach ball or ‘this is what happens to me whenever there’s something NSFW on my screen when the boss walks by’ or whatever it is you call it, we should be saying something else.

That something? ‘Semmel des Todes’ (bun of death).

And here’s some bonus trivia for those readers who enjoy dissecting OS cursors all the way back to their humble beginnings. In this case, the ‘spinning wait cursor’ started annoying users way back when Steve Jobs worked with NEXTSTEP, which would eventually become the OS X we all know and love, somewhat, today. [Thanks, Christian!]

(Via Gizmodo.)

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Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.

-Albert Einstein

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5 Seconds

We had 5 seconds of independent standing today. Hurray! Molly looked like a surfer, knees slightly bent, arms out, looking all around. Finished her feat by falling forward to daddy’s arms. She was so happy!

After a stormy morning complete with tornado warnings, Gainesville brightened up to a beautiful breezy day. Molly took her first assisted-steps out by the lake. She was intrigued by the grass. Simply, ecstatically intrigued.

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Ars exclusive: Review of Papers for iPhone

Oh my! Could it be? How great!

From Infinite Loop:

“Ars exclusive: Review of Papers for iPhone

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A couple of years ago, a Mac OS X application came along and
blew my socks off. I raved about it at the time, and continue to do so just
about every chance I get. That app was Papers, which has done for scientific literature what iTunes did for music files. Now, the company behind Papers, Mekentosj, has
done it again, this time by bringing its killer app to the iPhone in a timely
manner. It doesn’t disappoint.

What made the desktop app so great was the way it took all
the hard parts of maintaining an electronic literature database and hid them,
while at the same time providing a great-looking interface from which to read
papers, search for new ones, and even export them to bibliographic apps. The
iPhone app works in pretty much the same way as the desktop version, bringing
some or all of your desktop library over to your iPhone or iPod touch, along
with the option to search for new articles and so on.

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