The FDA is investigating the death of a Maryland teenager from a heart arrhythmia after drinking large cans of Monster Energy on two consecutive days, reports the New York Times.
Current FDA rules do not require companies to disclose caffeine levels in their beverages. The type of 24-ounce can of Monster Energy that the Maryland teenager drank contains 240 milligrams of caffeine.
Our intrepid physical therapy students c/o 2014 are holding a health fair next month, and want to know what attendees (which would be all employees, faculty, and students of LSUHealth New Orleans) would like to learn from the event. Check out their quick survey and let them know what you want! The health fair is set for Wednesday Nov. 7th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM by the cafeteria, and rumor is they may have some cool Saints-related prizes for participants.
Now that the hard work is over, here’s some fun and games from Healthelinks for Kids, a project out of LSUHealth Shreveport.
Science geek website io9 reports on a very unusual use of an MRI:
Over at the blog Inside Insides, Andy Ellison of Boston University Medical School has been throwing the entire produce aisle inside a Philips 3 Tesla MRI, revealing the otherworldly realms that dwell inside common foods. Here’s but a small sampling of his many see-through delicacies, immortalized as GIFs — my favorite is the broccoli explosion.
The AAMC has a new resource devoted to voting information for the Academic Medicine Community. Watch AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. discuss the importance of voting on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 below.
Visit the site at https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/election/ for information for voters to register, request absentee ballots, and create district-specific sample ballots. The site includes links to candidate and party Web sites. Visitors also can connect with AAMC initiative pages that contain messaging and other resources on the critical issues of funding for graduate medical education and medical research.
A recent study in Academic Medicine not only made available awesome futuristic nap pods (photo, left) to fatigued house staff, but also found that a short mid-day nap can improve cognitive functioning and alertness among first-year IM residents.
“In this study, we measured the effect of a brief, mid-day nap during normal duty hours on cognitive functioning and alertness among first-year IM residents. We found that, compared with the resting-but-awake residents, the residents who actually napped experienced fewer attention failures during their work later in the day as determined by a monitor of SEMs. Further, we found that, compared with controls who rested but stayed awake for 20 minutes, residents who had the opportunity to nap for a maximum of 20 minutes demonstrated a faster reaction time and made fewer errors of omission and commission as determined by a validated test of cognitive functioning. These findings suggest that a short, mid-day nap may improve first year residents’ performance during their clinical duties.”
Any parent can tell you that a regularly scheduled nap time makes for happier humans. Now to just equip the staff lounge with some of these pods, throw in some cookies and juice for a post-slumber snack, and medical errors will be a thing of the past, right?
Citation and link to full text:
The Effects of a Mid-Day Nap on the Neurocognitive Performance of First-Year Medical Residents: A Controlled Interventional Pilot Study.
Amin MM, Graber M, Ahmad K, Manta D, Hossain S, Belisova Z, Cheney W, Gold MS, Gold AR.
Academic Medicine: 21 August 2012
View in PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22914520
From the Association of American Medical Colleges:
Aspiring Docs Blog Features Life of a First-Year Medical Student
The AAMC’s Aspiring Docs program recently launched a blog featuring an inside look at the life of a first-year medical student attending Harvard Medical School. Aspiring Docs Diaries will be written by Devon Taylor, who received a full scholarship to Harvard Medical School after overcoming significant adversity, including growing up in poverty and dropping out of high school. He will blog about his experiences beginning with orientation through the end of his first year. The blog offers an inspiring story to help demystify the medical school process and encourage others from similar backgrounds to aspire to careers in medicine. To learn more about Taylor and read his posts, visit www.aspiringdocsdiaries.org.
While not projected to hit New Orleans at this time, the potential of a storm in the Gulf is a good time to remind everyone to register for LSUHSC’s Emergency Alert System. Once your cell phone number is registered, you will receive alert notifications related to dangerous or threatening situations or conditions in facilities owned by LSUHSC-NO on the downtown and Dental School academic campuses.
In plain language: you will know in advance if you have to go to school when a storm threatens.
The text message system is easy to use. Run through a program called E2Campus, all you have to do is log in with your LSUHSC Network ID and enter your phone number and service provider. You’ll quickly receive a ‘verification code’ via text, which confirms your number in the text alert system. Then you are set for the next emergency.
Meet Julie & Simon. Or Misaki and Kyoko. Or Annike and Sven.
These free text-to-speech avatars turn text into speech with options to modulate speed, pitch, dialects, and more. This useful tool for speech therapists is engaging for the non clinicians as well – if only for the fact their eyes follow the mouse around the screen.
ScienceDirect and Scopus are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours beginning Saturday, August 25th, 2012 for scheduled maintenance for a new release.
What are the changes you will see with this new release?
ScienceDirect: Effortless access to relevant information thanks to a new design for journal article
and book chapter pages as well as improved user experience for RSS feeds, image
search, and other features.
Scopus: Easy updates with Alerts Features functionality improvement.
Please click here to find out the details of the new features per each product.
The downtime is expected to last from 6:30 AM CST Saturday, August 25th – 1:30 AM CST, Sunday, August 26th
If you encounter problems due to this outage please call the circulation desk at 504-856-6100
Natural Standard, the evidence-based database about complementary and alternative therapies, is pleased to announce that 100 Foods, Herbs & Supplements monographs are now available in French. All Foods, Herbs & Supplement topics will be available in this additional language in the coming months.
As with the Natural Standard Spanish language monographs, the French monographs are written at the Bottom Line reading level, providing an abbreviated review designed for use by patients or professionals. Each monograph is adapted from a Natural Standard comprehensive systematic review, and includes evidence-based information on effectiveness, side effects, interactions, dosing, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The French language monographs may be accessed by selecting “French” from the language drop-down menu within a Bottom Line Monograph. Users may also search for available French topics using the Advanced Search feature. Currently available monographs include popular topics such as chamomile, gingko, ginger, green tea and melatonin.
Before dictation machines, tape recorders or speech recognition software, there was shorthand, an abbreviated writing method that increases speed of writing. When The Medical Secretary’s Manual burst onto the scene in 1966, it differed from other medical shorthand books by offering clinically oriented material to accompany the dashes and swoops that encompass stenography. A 1967 JAMA review observed:
Each section is devoted to a particular system or organ of the body. Before confronting the reader with definitions and shorthand symbols for each specific term or phrase, Miss Eshom provides a simplified description of the system under discussion and frequently includes helpful schematic drawings. This background information distinguishes her book from the usual text of medical shorthand.
For avid note-takers with an aversion to technology medical shorthand can still be useful, and indeed, those in need of a simplified overview of anatomy and medical terminology may find the clinical information interesting as well. I suppose that is why this book is still up in the library stacks, keeping the Sixities alive.
The library extends a warm welcome to the School of Medicine, Class of 2016, which began a week of orientation today. The library has plenty of study space (and coffee!) as you begin your journey through undergraduate medicine.
This drawing appeared on the front page of The Tiger (student newspaper of LSU School of Medicine) on September 16th, 1938. According to the paper, the freshman class numbered 121 students, the majority of which graduates of LSU. The required textbook was Osler’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, 13th ed, a 1,472 page opus which you can still check out from the LSUHSC library today.
Other interesting facts:
“The class of ’42 boasts of three girls, namely, Nell Reiley, Alma Sullivan and Nell Campbell and all are unmarried….Oldest in the class is Scotch-born Colin Campbell, while the youngest is George Zibilich, who registered for School at 17…. Dionesus Caccioppo is the shortest man to register, while Teddy Dees and Jack Anderson divide honors for being the tallest, each being 6 ft. 2 3-4. in. tall. . . . Man Mountain of the class is George (Pee-Wee) Degenurgent who boasts of a 46 1/2 inch chest and tips the scales at 250 pounds. . . . Two Freshmen used red pencil to register…. Twenty men in the class are sons of M.D.’s.”
The Tiger was a student newspaper of LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans from 1932-1940. You can read the full text online for free through the Louisiana Digital Library.
Do it soon though, because in about a week all you’ll be reading is Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy and lecture notes.