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Grand Rounds XXI

This weeks' Grand Rounds marks the 21st in the weekly roundup of the best posts of the medical blogosphere. This is the first time that the grandrounds have come toIndia. It was a great and a wonderful experience. I would like to thank all the contributors for their wonderful posts; it was an enlightening experience going through them.


Two days ago a slender middle-aged man walked into a local emergency room, complaining of neck pain after taking a spill in his brother's front yard. X-rays of the cervical spine were unremarkable, and the patient was discharged with a standard information sheet for home care of a neck sprain and told to follow-up with his primary care physician. What follows in This Case of the Strange Sprain from The Cheerful Oncologist is a surprise. Sometimes the secrets to a successful outcome in medicine, like clues hidden around the old dark mansion on the night of the crime, require the protagonist to play dual roles - that of doctor and detective.


This one is for those interested in Genetics-There are basically two kinds of DNA. The DNA everybody knows about, that determines your hair color and skin color is “nuclear DNA.” This is the type of DNA responsible for the inheritance patterns discovered by Mendel. The other kind is called “mitochondrial DNA.” It is inherited completely from the mother, while the Nuclear DNA comes half from each parent.Now the question arises in Cloning while all of the nuclear DNA came from the “nucleus donor” being cloned, the mitochondrial DNA came from the egg cell donor, not the individual being cloned. Could this mismatch cause some trouble?

Now this is interesting-Body-clock dilemma: "My boyfriend is a morning person -- and I'm definitely not." Reset solutions You want to dance till dawn; he can't keep his eyelids open past 9 p.m. You're grumpy in the morning, while he's whistling a tune. Owl-lark couples can have a tough time with everything from socializing to sex, simply because their sleep-wake cycles aren't in harmony. Couples can take steps to work with their mismatched biology. Read on here is Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sleep (But Were Too Afraid To Ask).

Combining a laboratory research career with a clinical career has always been difficult, but these days it's become a Herculean challenge. This is what is revealed in this post by Orac how difficult it is wear two hats; to be a surgeon and a scientist.


Mad House Madman-This week has a series on Medical student debt. Data compiled over the last twenty years concerning medical education and the debt burden of medical students reveal a troubling trend. For one, the average student debt is rising faster than the consumer price index (CPI) and parallels the rise in medical student tuition which is rising considerably faster than the CPI. This alarming rise in the cost of medical education has lead to a decreasing desire to pursue medicine as a career which in turn would only decelerate the advancement of new treatments and a better future.

A case of histiocytosis-X was presented at Grand Rounds in the University of Michigan (with a vain comment..It certainly is very fortunate that this young lady came to the University of Michigan, where she could get the correct diagnosis, and treatment could be instituted promptly...). At Grand Rounds, nobody told the real story, what was the real story behind this diagnosis?

One would think that having made it to medical school, we would all have enough common sense to act properly and with respect. Sadly, that's not quite the case. Then, the real question is, what role should a medical school have in legislating its students' behavior? A great discussion on Professionalism in Medical Education by Mudfud.


This week from Far From Perfect the paramedic tells us why is he into the job he is, because by doing this job he makes a difference. Isn't this true in as way for all of us!!


DrTony who works in a large community hospital Emergency Center just outside Chattanooga, TN, and reviews medical records for disability claims at a nation-wide disability insurer, also serves as a Deputy Sheriff on the SWAT team for a local county, as the medical asset tells us about what is the right way to report a patients disability. And in the end leaves us with with some very useful recommendations to consider before writing any disability report,


Dr. Charles brings to us a very insightful post about the relationship between physicians and priests. It brings to mind the differences between those who sought to heal the body and those who seek to treat the soul.

If you are or have ever been a medic, you will at some point become that most feared and disliked item, a medical relative. you will know what I am talking about when you read the whole story. A must read!


This week from The Hospice Blog-An editorial on the fact that the difference between good and bad hospice care has nothing to do with the IRS status of a company. There are good profit and good non-profit hospices, and it's time for non-profit hospices to admit that fact.

Considerable media attention has been paid to a recent study demonstrating a strong link between bankruptcy and medical illness. The media headlines trumpeted one conclusion of the study: that 55% of bankruptcies were related to medical illness or expenses. But should the health care costs alone shoulder the responsibility of over half of all bankruptcies?

Grunt Doc talks of Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA) which is the newest certification requirement from American Board of Emergency Medicine.


Are you a more than 65-year-old and are a smoker? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (part of AHRQ) now 'recommends one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) by ultrasonography in men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked.'


Catallarchy-This week covers the controversy regarding Medicare’s decision to cover drugs for erectile dysfunction. What is your opinion on this one??

In JournalClub there is discussion on ximelagatran, an oral thrombin inhibitor whose anticoagulant effect is not significantly influenced by diet, body-weight and drug interactions. A drug that can be given at a fixed dose without monitoring anticoagulant effect. But is hepatotoxicity of this drug a limitation?

Saint Nate talks about the possiblity offered by desmoteplase as a new stroke treatment, especially since it appears to have advantages over tPA, and how health reporters often wrongly presume (just for the novelty value of it) how it's made from something similar to bat saliva despite the fact it's a genetically engineered version of the active agent in bat drool.

From Kevin,MD this week we have a post on discussion on the price of Prilosec.

Thanks to Nick of Blogborygmi for starting the concept of Grand rounds, and check out the Archives.

Next weeks Grandrounds would be held on Catallarchy, so you can send your posts for inclusion to him.And keep Blogging. Happy Valentine's Day to all!! Hope i did a good job!!

Grand Rounds XXI Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Monday, February 14, 2005 Rating: 5


Clark Venable said...

Super job. Love the inclusion of humor by way of cartoons.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the time and effort you put into this wonderful round-up, Sumer.

Bora Zivkovic said...

Beautiful!!! Thank you.

Mudfud said...

Great Job! Thanks for the great read.

Anonymous said...

thanks for ur kind words everybody! it was great experience reading and trying to do justice to all ur wonderful posts!
sumer sethi

Sumer Sethi said...

that was a mistake never noticed that cartoon till the time u pointed it out.. i ve removed it now.. thanks a lot for pointing it apologies

matthew said...

Oh, come on now.....can we see the naughty cartoon??? There's not even a reference to what it was!

matthew said...

Oh, come on now.....can we see the naughty cartoon??? There's not even a reference to what it was!

Anonymous said...

thank u dr charles!!
sumer sethi

Anonymous said...

Great job and thanks for singling out my post in its own "corner."

I loved the little cartoons.

Jay Solo said...

It's nicely done, but disabling right-clicks is kind of an evil thing to do, especially with the links not opening in new windows.

In Firefox people tend to right-click a link and tell it to open in new tab. In IE (when I used it, which I almost never do anymore) I do the same for opening in a new window. You've crippled readability for no apparent reason except that it's possible to do so.

Anonymous said...

Love the site, and the collection of blogs offered. I've recommended you here.

Sumer Sethi said...

thanks a lot for appreciating my effort..

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