Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Five Second Rule for Fallen Food

Ars looks at this long drawn issue. At least the gummy bears are safe!!

The Five Second Rule

Brain Surgery at McDonalds. Just fantastic!!

Medicine at its best - do the best thing for the patient, in the best way possible, in the best time possible, with the best options available.

Brain Surgery at McDonalds

Bought out: Sugar Industry and Heart Disease?

The article from Ars Technica goes through the gist of the conspiracy of the sugar industry paying researchers to downplay the impact of sugar and heart/coronary disease. This was decades prior to anyone knowing about the connection.

Sugar Industry bought out Researchers?

The actual article from JAMA:

Sugar Industry and Heart Disease Research: The Saga

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Are Male Nurses discriminated against?

Great article from the ABC regarding male nurses. They work hard, struggle for their patients, are dedicated... yet are discriminated against.

Male Nurses

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Largest Private Hospital in SA

Calvary has started work on the largest private hospital in South Australia. The hospital should be ready in the next few years. Massive investment. Good job.

Largest Private Hospital in SA

Living with Cancer does not make you a Hero or a Victim

Good article in the ABC by Ranjana and Ginger about people living with cancer. We do tend to label people with cancer as heroes or as people who "deserve it".

A cancer diagnosis is sad. Full stop.

Living with cancer is not about being a hero or a victim

Organ Transplantation in Cancer Patients

BBC article about organ donors and cancer patients. I have had several people with cancer who have pledged to donate their corneas after death. In a way they keep seeing through someone else's eyes.

Are you an Organ Donor? Worth thinking about.


Register to become an Organ Donor in Australia. Each country would have their own donor registry.

Friday, 5 August 2016

$1000 Hospital Car Parking fine!

A mum has been hit with a $1000 car parking fine at a hospital in Perth. She brought her son (who has a congenital heart condition) to the hospital Emergency Dept and left after 2 hours. Then got a fine of a $1000.
Who decides on these rates and fines? Just amazing!

$1000 for Hospital Car Parking

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Conversations about Teminal Cancer

This article in The Guardian by Dr Ranjana Srivastava is very confrontational. It delves into the possible disconnect that we as health professionals have from our patients, their families and friends.

Life is important. Dying is a part of life. Both should be taken care of.

Conversations about terminal cancer

Survivor's Wisdom

Powerful, perspective-shifting Ted Talks on what it means to live courageously. What an amazing perspective!!

An insight into people picking up the pieces of their lives and not just moving on.... just racing on.


Survivor's Wisdom

How are we fighting Cancer?

Good collection of talks from the Ted playlist. Talks from researchers who've dedicated their lives and careers to understanding cancer and someday ending it.

Ted Talks - Cure for Cancer

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Harnessing the Immune System against Cancer

The New York Times has put together a very comprehensive article discussing immunotherapy for people with cancer. Great read.

I have used these class of medication extensively and am very impressed with the results. The problem is finding the group of patients who would respond well. The quest continues.

The Immune System - NYT

Evil spirits, bile and lunatic asylums: A history of insanity

A good overview of the history in treatment, punishment and diagnosis of mental illness by the ABC Health unit.

A History of Insanity

Random Act of Kindness. Pay it forward

Heart warming story on the ABC Adelaide.

Good Samaritan at WCH