Holy shit. This is accurate. I go through this probably once every two weeks. But usually for a test (read: Orgo), not handing something in.
Also, the rock music montage should be taken quite literally: I would probably fall asleep if not for aggressive music in the wee morning hours (Read: Nano’s “No Pain No Game” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights (Bassnectar Remix)”).
This is going to be a hellish week until post-4:20 pm on Wednesday: Organic lab quiz, giant lab report due, sociology midterm, organic chemistry homework and quiz.
I hope the connections to the cosmos will be nice as we enter the start of Spring… ~_^
Attention all pocket watch and mechanical watch owners!
Set your clocks forward one hour. It’s Spring at last.
Also, make sure you remember to wind your pocket watches daily to maintain healthy clock innards.
XOX Philosonista, the Victorian-era fashion fetishist
STARTING THE DAY
Lung in a box. Very cool.
To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.
As Gizmodo explains:
What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor lungs. Not every donor lung is usable, donor lungs that go through the OCS may be.
There is a certain tone of writing that Tumblr either seems to preference or cause…
This kind of sound-bitey, personality-on-semi-cutesy-semi-hipstery steroids thing that’s as consumable and quick as fast food.
Most everything else is filed under “Read more” page breaks. And we read them with wide eyes. Wow! Someone has turned off their tumblr persona for a moment! And we heart them, give a sound-bitey bit of sympathy or reflection in return in the comments, then enjoy their next posts that follow their usual persona. It’s cheapening to those experiences.
This is why it feels cheap and morally repulsive to reflect on my intern experience on Tumblr. Not because I’m “close minded,” dearest askers and message-senders.
Tumblr isn’t the right place. Even making it into a book sometime far in the future feels on the verge of cheapness. It’s so easy to get lost in the appeal of dramatic reflections that you lose track of the seriousness of the subject itself, and get fixed on the swing of your own romanticizing tendencies. That would be so disrespectful to those involved in my experiences, to whom those experiences carry a great deal of weight and seriousness.
That’s just my moral sensitivity about it. Feel free to unfollow.
It’s not just HIPPA.
There’s something I find morally repulsive about relaying anyone’s healthcare information, however much it may be shrouded in anonymity, on the internet.
I feel privileged to have been witness to and partaken in what I did, and I feel I must keep it as secret as possible to have the upmost respect for it.
I have lots of things to say about my first experience as a hospital intern.
But… HIPPA law.
No soup for you, Tumblr.
My mother about my cat.
She has been narrating my cat’s life to me as the large majority of our exchanged emails ever since I moved out two years ago. She sends me a quick thought or question, and then lusciously details the latest happenings of Charles the cat.
This time the non-cat content was, “Don’t forget your lab coat.”
Tl;dr: Emails from my mother = 10% question/thought + 90% cat update.
In spite of all of our teachers’ and bosses’ warnings that it’s not a trustworthy source of information, we all rely on Wikipedia. Not only when we can’t remember the name of that guy from that movie, which is a fairly low-risk use, but also when we find a weird rash or are just feeling a little off and we’re not sure why. One in three Americans have tried to diagnose a medical condition with the help of the Internet, and a new report says doctors are just as drawn to Wikipedia’s flickering flame.
According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics’ “Engaging patients through social media” report, Wikipedia is the top source of healthcare information for both doctors and patients. Fifty percent of physicians use Wikipedia for information, especially for specific conditions.
Generally, more people turn to Wikipedia for rare diseases than common conditions. The top five conditions looked up on the site over the past year were: tuberculosis, Crohn’s disease, pneumonia, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes. Patients tend to use Wikipedia as a “starting point for their online self education,” the report says. It also found a “direct correlation between Wikipedia page visits and prescription volumes.”
O_O Woooooah. I thought doctors carried around compact reference books for this sort of thing. I don’t know about relying on Wikipedia… It’s fine if the stakes aren’t high, but damn, the stakes are definitely high for this sort of thing. Hopefully doctors are just reading wikipedia a bit to tickle their memory to recall all the details.
05 March 2014
Calling All Gamers
Cancer Research UK has just unveiled a world first for analysing data from tumours. It’s a free smartphone game called ‘Genes in Space’ in which players fly their spaceship through trails of ‘Element Alpha’. The clever part is that Element Alpha represents actual genetic microarray data. As the spaceship journeys through the game it provides the vital information – showing if parts of the DNA have been deleted or copied. Both of these changes can contribute to the development and progression of cancer. Compared to a computer the human eye is far better at analysing microarray data, but it would take scientists years to go through all the available information. By harnessing the power of ‘citizen scientists’ researchers can trawl through huge volumes of data much faster, hopefully moving towards a cure for cancer sooner.
Written by Rhiannon Grant
D: This is the only time in my life that I wish I had a smartphone.
Who was it that originally decided colors related to medicine are either light blue or red and white?The graphic designer for my school obviously thinks blue is the right color for medicine-related things.
Red and white makes sense: white hospital wards and red blood and innards. Sure. Reasonable correlation.
But blue? Blood is blue before it is exposed to the atmosphere, maybe? To calm people in what is usually a stressful situation? Maybe blue was the cheapest color to make for medical supplies.
And now I find that I like the color blue after not liking it for so long!
I’m starting a tab/tag on my blog for my lab research.
It will probably bore 95% of you to death, but, it shall become a thing anyway. It will help me review what I do in a way that’s more exciting than a lab notebook, and, just maybe, there’s an audience for this sort of thing.