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  • Undesired Outcome

    Our modern world has seen some unintentional, insane acts, but what I am about to write about borders on chilling thoughts. Over the weekend, a friend of mine mentioned that there seems to be a problem with contaminated water being used to dilute pesticides sprayed on fresh foods. Virologists and food scientists are looking into ...
    Posted to The Power of Two (Weblog) on September 30, 2014
  • Ebola Outbreak: What Do You Tell Friends?

    The most recent Ebola Virus outbreak has made the national news. This highly contagious virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus causes a hemorrhagic illness that approaches 90 percent mortality. This latest episode in West Africa has claimed the lives of over 600 people, but has made the news largely because it is ...
  • What Do Obamacare and Best Buy Have in Common?

      The debate about the serpentine, complicated Affordable Care Act (so called Obamacare) continues. Aspects of the bill phase in over time, we know. It is also commonly accepted that many more individuals will be insurable and insured; creating a greater potential pool of consumers of medical laboratory tests. Most people will continue ...
  • No Emmy for My Hard Work?

    I love attending parties. For one, I get to unwind and spend time with friends. But I also love the opportunity of meeting new people and hearing about their lives. I have long realized that I learn much more from listening than I do from talking and there is no shortage of folks wanting to talk, especially at a party. This last Friday I attended ...
  • Passive Aggressiveness

    I often hear “He is just being passive aggressive” or “Her problem is she is passive aggressive” to dismiss behavior we don’t like or understand. A passive aggressive person has always seemed to me someone who mucks up the works without having the assertiveness to confront a challenge head on or the maturity to discuss a matter openly.  The ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on March 30, 2012
  • Healthcare, Separate and Unequal?

    Two items of news caught my attention this weekend. Tomorrow the Supreme Court will start hearing arguments about the constitutionality of  the healthcare reform law; the so called Obamacare.   Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) aimed at bringing basic healthcare to more Americans  or government ...
  • Are 12-Hour Shifts Safe?

    When nurses switch to 12-hour shifts, I wonder if back injury claims increase. Nurses and nurse assistants literally do the heavy lifting in hospitals, and patients aren’t getting smaller. Forcing fifty- and sixty-something people with a lifetime of cumulative spinal stress to lift an extra four hours a day seems foolhardy. The question was ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on December 5, 2011
  • Contagion: A Nice Nod to the Lab Community

    I just saw the blockbuster movie Contagion and must say I was pretty impressed. When I watch a medical-themed movie, I always look at it with a critical eye. How factual is it? Is it authentic in terms of scenarios, equipment, procedures and vocabulary?I look for how realistically roles are portrayed. For example I tend to roll my eyes and become ...
  • MRSA Me

    Oh mercy, mercy me / Oh, things ain't what they used to be, sang the late Marvin Gaye. Since January of 2010 a Maine law has required hospitals to screen most patients for MRSA. We already look for MRSA if there is an infection, of course, but this is a prevalence study. Nurses ''hailed'' the law; epidemiologists were against it (my guess is, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 28, 2010
  • Stop the Flu Madness

    As we approach the flu season there are lots of questions about influenza testing and  horror stories about a looming epidemic or pandemic. Patients are flooding doctors' offices and emergency departments, and clinicians are demanding widescale testing; often unwarranted, but driven by patient demand or even hysteria. Some emergency rooms ...
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