Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like that which it describes.  Examples might be “Buzz” or “Rustle” or “Meow.”

I don’t know if there is a similar word which labels that which happens when a person describes something in such a way that his very description ends up being an example of that which he describes.  It’s sort of like circular logic in a way, I suppose.

Anyway, I observed this phenomenon in defintion number two for “Speak Truth To Power” over at urbandictionary.com.  It made me laugh.  Those on the left may not find it so amusing.  Of course, power rarely does when having truth spoken to it. 🙂

Cheers!

Remote Control Endoscopy Camera

Researchers in japan have developed a remotely controlled miniature camera that can be used for endoscopy.

It looks a bit like a tadpole.  It appears very similar to the “capsule endoscopy” cameras that came on the scene several years ago.  With those, you basically swallowed a camera that was encased in a clear pill shaped container.  This thing passively moved along your gastrointestinal tract snapping pictures until you pooped it out.

With this new gizmo from Japan, it’s not a passive journey.  It has a little mechanical tail sticking out of it with which a doctor using a joystick can control it and basically pilot it through your GI tract.

It can apparently be inserted from either end….i.e. via your mouth or your “other end”.

According to this article, it was originally tested on dogs and is now ready for us.

Some potential advantages I see are the ability to get pictures within places not really reachable with current endoscopes…i.e. the small intestine, and also, I would imagine this procedure would likely need less anesthesia/sedation perhaps.

The potential negatives I see are 1. This thing getting stuck somewhere and requiring surgery to remove and 2. This thing causing a perforation, illeus or intususception.

Still, overall it looks like a pretty cool device to me.

FDA Chantix Warning

And right on the heels of my last post about the FDA warnings on Actos and Avandia and the inevitable lawsuits to come….here’s a new FDA warning about Chantix and increased cardiovascular risk.

Chantix lawsuit anyone?

Here’s my page on Chantix from a couple years ago.  Enjoy.

Cheers!

FDA Warning On Actos

The FDA has come out with some new warnings about Actos and it’s association with bladder cancer.

You can read about it here.

It wasn’t too long ago that they came out with warnings about another drug in the same family, Avandia. That one has serious cardiovascular concerns.

I’m sure it won’t be too long before we start seeing a bunch of advertisements from lawyers wanting you to join lawsuits related to Avandia and Actos.

I know lots of doctors will fear being named in these lawsuits related to Avandia and Actos and will stop prescribing them.  It’ll make life a little more difficult for the drug reps who are tasked with convincing doctors to use these drugs.

Cheers!

Lifeboat Calling

Hi Everyone! I’m still alive.

I realize I haven’t posted anything in what seems like forever. I think the last time I posted, the Saints had just won the Superbowl and as expected Hell froze over.

As some who know me know, I’ve long used the analogy of building a lifeboat in case the metaphorical ship I’m a passenger on goes down. That “Ship” basically represents life in America, life as a primary care physician in America, etc.

Well, over the past couple years, construction on the “lifeboat” has been in full swing. Finally a small prototype was felt to be ready for a test run about a year ago, and it was finally “put in the water” back in February of this year.

So far, the test run is going pretty well, and life is good floating out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Those who know me well, will understand all of the cryptic talk in this post.

Those who don’t know me well really ought to get to know me. I’m a nice guy, and I just might share some “lifeboat” plans.

Cheers,

Sam







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