Medical Week in Review April 19, 2013

Does anyone else feel like it's been a distressing week?  From the Boston Marathon bombings to the Texas fertilizer plant explosion, not to mention the Ricin poison delivered to multiple senators and President Obama, our country has been reeling with shocking news the past few days.  If you are looking for a lighter read this weekend, check out these happenings in the world of medicine.

Looking for a way to spice up your work wardrobe?  Check out these EKG low rise socks.  The price for this fancy footwear?  Just under 5 bucks.  

Finally, an answer to why we close our eyes while sneezing.  According to opthalmology experts, sneezing won't actually cause your eyes to pop out (although this has been documented in cases of severe vomiting).  It's simply a reflex.  Ophthalmologists note it is entirely possible to keep your eyes open while sneezing, it simply requires working against the reflex.

Stressed out in your current practice?  Worried about the effects of healthcare reform?  Perhaps you should consider concierge medicine as an alternative.  Check out this article from Software Advice describing concierge medicine and how it could potentially impact your practice. 

What if you were on the scene of a mass casualty event?  As healthcare providers, we must be prepared to act.  This informative powerpoint presentation reviews the basics of triage and responding in an emergency for health professionals.

Alice in Wonderland.  I've seen the movie but until today had no idea there was a medical syndrome named after the animated starlet.  Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS) also known as Todd Syndrome is a neurological condition distorting perception.  This odd medical phenomenon is triggered by an abnormal amount of electricity in the body resulting in loss of sense and time, altered self image and hallucinations. 

Are you a slow walker?  A new study shows that slow walking, common among diabetics and those with renal disease, may be an indicator of early death.  Each 10 centimeter per second decrease in walking speed is linked to a 26% higher risk for death over an average of 3 years in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Check out the RealWorld Radiology app for iPhone.  The app providers a refresher on reading chest X-Rays.  Fully annotated images provide a little extra practice for perfecting your radiology interpretation skills. 

A big thank you to the first responders on scene at the Boston Marathon and the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.  We appreciate your quick action, hard work and devotion to helping others in time of need. 

What does 2,000 calories look like?  This video provides a great pictorial of how much the average person should consume in a day.  Krispy Kreme won't get you very far