Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Heart of Bones

I’ve been collecting blog posts on the whole calcium/heart disease issue. What I find surprising is that although there has been a lot of discussion of this topic among both local and internet colleagues, I haven’t had any patients ask me about this subject.

For more information here are some very thorough posts:

nice analyisis from Science-Based Medicine

my Aussie Rheumatologist friend weighs in

Foodie Friday: Garden to Table

What tastes better than food you’ve grown yourself (or picked up from your CSA)? If you’re local to the Boston/Worcester area and haven’t heard of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, maybe you’d like to check out their new Garden to Table program. While you’re at it, stop by the Tomatomania event on May 22nd. I’m definitely on the learning end of the gardening spectrum, but the resources available at Mass Hort have been helpful to me so far so I thought I’d share the links.

What to do with your tomatoes? Maybe make some healthy nachos!

Information Overload

A few weeks ago I suddenly noticed that I wasn’t getting a couple daily medical e-newsletters to which I subscribe. In fact, I wasn’t even sure how long it had been. A week? A couple weeks? A month? I get a lot of blog ideas, journal club articles or just ideas to ponder or share with patients from these newsletters. After making a few phone calls, it seems something in the emails was flagged as spam on our end and the addresses were blocked. Some behind the scenes tweaking by IT and about a week later, they retuned.

Now I had the day’s headlines:

US Expected to Face Growing Shortage of Healthcare Workers

CDC Data Show Asthma Prevalence in the US is Rapidly Increasing

Being Overweight at Midlife May Increase Risk for Developing Dementia Later

Experts Warn of Primary-Care Physician Shortage as Baby Boomers Age

Shortages of Key Drugs may be Endangering Patients

Well . . . maybe that silence was a blessing in disgiuse, although just the same could be the ostrich sticking her head in the sand. I didn’t have to see the scary headlines for a while and life seemed much more calm. It’s often said that mastering the information taught in medical school is like trying to drink a sip of water from a fire hose. Sometimes it seems that the daily deluge of emails, Twitter, etc could be described the same way.

So far, my strategy has been to scan the headlines, save important stories in an email folder for later and try to clean out that folder from time to time. The same holds true for Twitter. The information is out there and we can’t ignore it, but taking time out for a “media cleanse” now and then can be helpful.