• Weird Connections between Halloween and Medicine…Porphyria

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    Halloween – the time for all those weird oddities to come out of the dark, dank woods stirring our imaginations…

    If it were not for Dr. Patrick Nesbitt, a family physician in Vancouver, B.C., this weird oddity may have never posted to this blog again. Dr. Nesbitt delves into the disease, porphyria…the need for blood.

    ...blood

    Porphyria is fascinating with multifacited variants that include a werewolf variant, menstrual and chemically-induced variants, and even biological variants. Vincent Van Gogh and King George III, were afflicted as were many others. One in 400 are afflicted. Hm…could someone you know be a porphyriate?

    Read more if you dare on Dr. Nesbitt’s special Halloween-edition website.

    Thank you, Dr. Nesbitt!

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  • Caffiene…Your Weird Friend or Foe?

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    Sitting up late at night to do a blog post can make you reach for a little more jolt to your brain. But a little bit, as most of us know (especially after lunch and certainly after dinner), can do more harm than good to your sleep patterns.

    But do you know why you reach for coffee, caffenated sodas, even chocolate?

    It’s all in your mind. The “feel-good” affects it creates by stimulating the brain to inhibit adenosine, and release adrenaline and dopamine are the culprits.

    Read more…and…

    ENJOY!

     

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  • Weird and even cool…

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    It’s really hot this summer for the most of us in the northern hemisphere.

    So let’s think of something COOL!

     

     

    –> Cold extremities can be a real problem in the winter months.

    Burrr…

    But did you know that more than just woolen socks, gloves and even caps can be a good remedy for Raynaud’s disease, and other culprits? –

     

     

    Look into what you eat!

     

     

     

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    …and read even more!…

     

     

    Stay cool!

     

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  • What should WeirdMedical become in 2012?

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    We’re back!

    But back to do what?

    While listening to a Steve Martin interview this morning on NPR where he was talking about how he gets his best material, the question hit me > “What do we now have too much of – Greed? Corruption? Empty bank accounts? Systematic consolidation of wealth and fleecing of the global working public?”

    Don’t know nothing about birthin’ babies OR those thangs.

    Nope the answer is “serious.” We have too much serious in our industry. In the past “WeirdMedical” has become “SeriousMedical”…and that’s no fun.

    Of course you might say it’s important to be serious so people take you seriously…but that’s no fun either.

    In the past we erred on the serious, amazing, strange and even ookey side of weird, steering away from gruesome, gory, evil medical oddities. We’ll probably continue to do so…and that’s our choice…but it’s time to throw in silly, funny, goofy and even ridiculous medical.

    But come on, it’s time to laugh…or at least smirk a little…stay tuned.

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  • Weird Permission to Misbehave?

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    “But honey, the < fill in here > made me do it!”

    A meta-analysis of healthcare insurance claims has shown that middle aged men (40’s or older) who take impotence drugs have triple the rate of sexually transmitted diseases compared to their drug-free brethren.

    Men on Viagra, Cialis Show Triple Rate of Sex Diseases in Study

    The scientific theory, however, is not that the drugs make them more promiscuous but that perhaps the predisposition of the male mindset leads them to seek the path to more fun through pharmaceuticals.

    Read on…

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  • Weird New Advances in Ancient Device Material

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    Number ten in the Top 10 new tech advances of 2010 goes to an ancient material…

    Got Silk?

    Implanted under the skin, an array of light-emitting diodes could signal the concentration in the blood of biomarkers such as insulin. Over time, the array will dissolve away, eliminating the need for surgery to remove the implant. Flexible silicon electronics (inset) are held in place with a silk film. Incorporating antibodies or enzymes into the film will allow devices to detect biomarkers. Credit: Bryan Christie Design. Source: MIT's Technology Review

    According to MIT’s Technology Review, such “dissolvable devices make better medical implants.”

    And what is that mysterious yet familiar bioabsorbable material for advanced implantable electronics­?

    Silk!  It can be engineered to transmit images via light waves along its fibers, deliver drugs, measure vital signs or test blood, and can be resorbed over hours or as long as two years depending upon how long it is needed. And all from the belly of a worm? Amazing. For more amazing apps…read on.

    Got silk?

    Implantable Electronics­
    Dissolvable devices make better medical implants.Implantable Electronics­

    Dissolvable devices make better medical implants.

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  • Not Weird but Notable…”Top” Cancer Articles

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    March 18, 2010 /  Unsolicted Messages

    Need to know where your colleagues’ greatest interest in clinical cancer research is today?…or the most currently active cancer trials?

    Never be out of the loop again…For those latest advances consult the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research.

    The journal feeds a constant stream of the “Top 10” articles over latest 30 days directly to you, updated continuously at JECCR.

    As of today, the #1, #2 & #3 most read articles are:

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    JECCR Logo

    #1 – Research:  “Correlation effect of EGFR and CXCR4 and CCR7 chemokine receptors in predicting breast cancer metastasis and prognosis,” by Yixin Liu, et.al., published February 24, 2010.

    #2 – Research: “In-vivo transfection of pcDNA3.1-IGFBP7 inhibits melanoma growth in mice through apoptosis induction and VEGF downexpression,” by Rong-Yi Chen et.al., published February 16, 2010.

    #3 – Research: “Coronin-1C is a novel biomarker for hepatocellular carcinoma invasive progression identified by proteomics analysis and clinical validation,” by Long Wu et.al. published February 24, 2010.

    Capture the most current European and U.S. cancer research news on one website…after all, your time is precious, you do not have it to waste!

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  • Nothing Weird about it…Support Our Troops: Surrender Your Candy!

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    November 4, 2009 /  Unsolicted Messages
    Dentists across the nation have begun a movement to support US soldiers and combat cavities…
    The “Halloween Candy Buy Back” works by buying-back candy from young trick-or-treaters and shipping it to soldiers overseas. Many Dentists have had their own programs similar to this for many years, but now there is the HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com site to help coordinate this effort. It was started by Dr. Chris Kammer and Bite Down Productions. Just log in your Zip Code and you instantly find a participating dentist close to you.
    Not only assisting in the fight against tooth decay, this helps with other diseases such as diabetes and obesity as well. On top of the financial incentive children can also go to bed knowing that they have made a calore-burning soldier’s day a little sweeter.

    Dentists across the nation have begun a movement to support US soldiers and combat cavities…

    The “Halloween Candy Buy Back” works by buying-back candy from young trick-or-treaters and shipping it to soldiers overseas. Many Dentists have had their own programs similar to this for many years, but now there is the HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com site to help coordinate this effort. It was started by Dr. Chris Kammer and Bite Down Productions. Just log in your Zip Code and you instantly find a participating dentist close to you.

    Not only assisting in the fight against tooth decay, this helps with other diseases such as diabetes and obesity as well. On top of the financial incentive children can also go to bed knowing that they have made a calore-burning soldier’s day a little sweeter.

    Candy Buy Back (Image Source: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barbara L. Patton - http://www.defenselink.mil/, Article Source: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/

    Candy Buy Back (Image Source: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barbara L. Patton - http://www.defenselink.mil/, Article Source: http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/

    Gather your extra Halloween candy and go visit your nearby participating dentist today!

  • Weird Way to Pay for Healthcare Reform

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    July 27, 2009 /  Legislate This, UNwelcome Messages

    Look-out brewers of America!

    In a move that may send many more American workers home jobless the Senate Finance Committee has announced their consideration of a 150% hike on federal beer taxes. This increase would directly fund the Healthcare Reform promised in the 2008 election. Additionally a number of states are considering raising taxes to offset their budgets as well.

    If you enjoy freedom of choice and free enterprise as well do, let your Senators know! Read more below…

    Weird Way to Fund Reform (Source: Chicago Business)

    Weird Way to Fund Reform (Source: Chicago Business)

    For more information and to learn how to join others in you state to be heard on your position on this issue visit:

    A thought…perhaps this tax is a weird effort to reform Americans from “heathen” and “unhealthy” habits?

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  • Mother Russia Goes Green, in a Weird Way…

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    April 21, 2009 /  Unsolicted Messages

    Imagine Artyom Sidorkin surgeon’s surprise when the cancerous tumor he thought he was pulling was actually a five-centimeter baby fir tree. At 28 years old Mr Sidorkin was none the wiser that he housed a biological rebreather in his body. If you find this weird story unbelievable, you may be right. Not yet confirmed by outside sources this symbiote story seems to have a number of issue standing before its validity, photosynthesis being chief among them. Regardless, we’ll give Russia the credit for this unique medical mystery.

    Fir Tree inside Lung: Xray (Source: Daily Mail, "Shocked Russian surgeons open up man who thought he had a tumour... to find a FIR TREE inside his lung")

  • Not Weird, not Medical but Necessary…Beware the Ides of April!

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    April 15, 2009 /  UNwelcome Messages

    It’s that time of year again…no, not pretty daffodils and tulips blooming…no, not the end to the (seemingly) never-ending and unpredictable snowfalls thanks to global warming…no, not bikini laden spring break…but…

    Tax time – April 15th!

    Nothing more predictable than the need to pay taxes and die…most often in that order. Unless, you are an appointed federal official. Despite what our fearless leaders chose to do with their capital gains, stock dividends and comfortable salaries, let’s do our fiscal and civic duty. Let’s file that income tax return today and pay our taxes…or get our refund…so we can bail ourselves out of the federal debt!

    Here’s to us – the not-so-common, hard-working healthcare industry professionals!

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  • Introducing WeirdMedical!

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    March 1, 2009 /  Welcome Messages

    This is for YOUbiotech and medtech professionals!

    Take a break from our bleak economic news to have a little ooky fun.

    From odd medical relics to amazing medical discoveries – get a peek into the future of medical care…if we dare.

    Stay tuned for your mini-mental holidays by April Fools Day!

    With weird regards  –

    Your WM Team

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