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Monthly archive May, 2011

Calls to Ban Menthol Cigarettes in the US

Recently the American Journal of Public Health published papers that propose a strong case for banning menthol cigarettes in the United States.  One paper suggested that if a ban was put into place now it could save more than 600,000 Americans from dying too early by 2050.  Read more on the potentional ban.  LearnMore

Natural Disaster Preparedness

Recent natural disasters–tornadoes in Alabama and the central US; earthquakes in Japan and Spain–underscore the importance of caregiver preparation for treating injured patients.  Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine contains an entire section on disaster preparedness, including coverage of treatment for crush injuries.  LearnMore

Information Technology in Patient Care

After many decades of trailing other sectors of the economy, health care and health professional education have embraced information technology as a strategic resource in the last decade. Computers and the Internet have become standard means for performing other information-intensive, high-consequence activities. Most of the population now uses computers for planning travel, banking, bill payment,...  LearnMore

Diagnostic Testing & Medical Decision Making

The clinician’s main task is to make reasoned decisions about patient care despite incomplete clinical information and uncertainty about clinical outcomes. Although data elicited from the history and physical examination are often sufficient for making a diagnosis or for guiding therapy, more information may be required. In these situations, clinicians often turn to diagnostic tests...  LearnMore

Performance and Safety: Culture Change May Be Hinged on Generational Shift

The recently concluded 96th Annual Congress of The American College of Surgeons was the scene of a unique resident – led session on patient safety. The session critically reviewed the utility and future of checklists and their evolving role in safety and performance enhancement. An acknowledgement, voiced by members of the large audience highlighted various...  LearnMore

Medically Challenging Cases: Symptomatic Arnold Chiari Malformation in a Gravid Female

This is a case of a symptomatic Arnold Chiari malformation in a gravid female with a suspected difficult airway. The patient is a 28 year-old Gravida 1 Para 0 who was referred from an outside institution. Her past medical history is significant for a previously unknown asymptomatic Type I Arnold Chiari malformation that recently became...  LearnMore

First Aid: USMLE Step 1 Q&A

A 6-year-old boy presents to his pediatrician with skin lesions all over his body. For several years he has been very sensitive to sunlight. Neither the boy’s parents nor his siblings have the same skin lesions or sun sensitivity. Biopsies of several of the boy’s lesions reveal squamous cell carcinoma. Which mutation would one expect...  LearnMore
Automatic Storage Management in Oracle Database 11g

Automatic Storage Management in Oracle Database 11g

In this comprehensive presentation, Oracle engineer Nitin Vengurlekar presents the “Top 10 Things You Always Wanted to Know about Automatic Storage Management but Were Afraid to Ask.” Vengurlekar is the co-author of Oracle Data Guard 11g Handbook and Oracle Automatic Storage Management: Under-the-Hood and Practical Deployment Guide.  LearnMore

Drive Security Down the IT Stack

The explosive growth of Internet and IP-enabled devices is reshaping communication and requiring a paradigm shift to drive security down the stack. What does it mean in practical terms in your IT environment? George Kurtz, McAfee’s Worldwide Chief Technology Officer and co-author of Hacking Exposed, explains in a keynote presentation at the 2011 RSA Conference....  LearnMore
Where do you want to go in your IT career?

Where do you want to go in your IT career?

 The IT industry offers a multi-pronged career roadmap in key technology areas for individuals new to the field and IT professionals in transition. This Interactive IT Certification Roadmap, courtesy of CompTIA, shows you how various certifications and credentials can be essential stepping stones in achieving different career paths in IT. McGraw-Hill provides a wide array...  LearnMore

Security Books Reviews from the British Computer Society/The Chartered Institute for IT

Gray Hat Hacking:  The Ethical Hacker’s Handbook, 3rd Edition:  Such a well-known and respected book is preceded by its reputation and it does not disappoint. The book covers almost the entire spectrum of hacking and penetration testing, while still providing enough detail for the reader to become productive and carry out effective testing.  Continue to the...  LearnMore
Ready to Make Things Move?

Ready to Make Things Move?

Do you want to learn how to build moving mechanisms – from art installations to toys to labor-saving devices?  Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists assumes no prerequisite knowledge of electronics or robotics, and features photographs, drawings, cross sections, and 3D models of the components and systems involved to make it...  LearnMore