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  • World AIDS Day Recap

    Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. This is the 25th annual observance of the day originally organized under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS and garner support for research, understanding, education and allocation of resources. We have come a long way in our understanding, treatment and ...
  • Are Women Better at Multitasking?

    After my recent blog on multitasking I had a discussion at work and home about the subject. All the women in our lab agreed men are lousy multitaskers. “I’m multitasking right now,” one of the techs said. “I just received two specimens from the ER, took another from the centrifuge, and I’m repeating this potassium.” Another agreed. “We ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on May 18, 2011
  • To Communicate, Imitate

    My wife and I often joke about thinking alike. I’ll say, ''It’s great that you can finish my...'' and she immediately adds, ''... sentences.'' What’s interesting is it’s really true. We do finish each others thoughts and even sound alike. And our teenagers, who have spent most of their lives together, sound even more alike. We’re all too aware ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on January 17, 2011
  • The Sky Is Falling ... Or Is It?

    The news has been rife with reports of dead birds suddenly falling from the sky in several states. Now, it’s fish washing up on shore. It’s interesting to hear theories being floated: the birds were hit by lightning, traumatized by New Year’s fireworks. When fish started dying biologists floated the theory of an environmental factor being ...
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines: Good for Everyone

    There is lots of talk these days about best practices. In medicine these refer to procedures, guidelines or protocols that yield the best outcomes at the best cost. For example it is generally accepted that chest pain patients presenting to the emergency department should have cardiac enzymes done, be given an EKG, and an aspirin. Another ...
  • Americans Use Internet for Health Information

    According to a recent study by the Center for Studying Health System Change, Americans are increasingly using the Internet to get health information. In 2007, almost 58 percent of the U.S. population--or more than 122 million people--sought health information from sources other than their doctor, as compared to only about 38 percent or ...