Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ariel Sharon Now Treated with Hemofiltration (A Form of Dialysis)

Apparently Ariel Sharon has developed bacteria in the blood, septic shock, and kidney failure, and is now being treated with continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH), a form of kidney replacement therapy.

Via CNN:
"Due to excessive edema, the doctors have decided to start hemofiltration treatment in order to remove the excessive fluids from his body. The treatment will take place over the next few days in the ICU," the statement said.
Related Links: Patient Information on Kidney Replacement Therapies

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Ethical Questions Raised by Hurricane Katrina Euthanasia (?) Case

From The New York Times:
Experts in medicine and ethics have many questions about the accusations, made on Tuesday by Louisiana’s attorney general, that a doctor and two nurses used lethal injections to kill four critically ill patients in a flooded New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina.
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Thursday, July 6, 2006

Flickr: Firework Composite

From Flickr. Uploaded by olvwu on 5 Jul '06, 9.12pm EDT PST.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Hilarious Journal Articles #57: The Acronym-Named Randomized Trials (ART) Study

From the New England Journal of Medicine:
The use of acronyms to name clinical trials is increasingly popular yet controversial. We evaluated whether the naming of a trial with an acronym is associated with a distinctive effect on research, measured as the citation rate after publication. We identified consecutive randomized trials published between 1953 and 2003 from all systematic reviews completed by the Cochrane Heart Group as of January 31, 2004. The trials were classified as having or not having a name composed of an acronym and were analyzed as clusters according to research question...
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Flickr: The finale is coming....

From Flickr. Uploaded by mmulibra on 3 Jul '06, 11.40am EDT PST.

Monday, July 3, 2006

Flickr: Big Ben

From Flickr. Uploaded by RottieLover♥ on 27 Jun '06, 6.34pm EDT PST.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Wonder Drug Inspires Deep, Unwavering Love Of Pharmaceutical Companies

From The Onion:
One TV ad, set to debut during next Sunday's 60 Minutes telecast, shows a woman relaxing in her living room and reading a newspaper headlined "Newest Drug Company Scandal Undermines Public Trust." The camera zooms into the tangled neural matter of her brain, revealing a sticky black substance and a purplish gas.

The narrator says, "She may show no symptoms, but in her brain, irrational fear and dislike of global pharmaceutical manufacturers is overwhelming her very peace of mind."

After a brief summary of PharmAmorin's benefits, the commercial concludes with the woman flying a kite across a sunny green meadow, the Pfizer headquarters gleaming in the background.
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