What can World of Warcraft teach us about pandemic response?


corrupted_blood_warcraft2 In an interesting blog post over at the Health Disparities Blog, the so-called Corrupted Blood incident at the massively popular online role-playing game was chronicled.

The game designers created a virus that would infect virtual players and spread to others in the surrounding area. Eventually, this virus got out from the dungeon which was supposed to confine it, and into …

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Would you want your hands reconstructed if they looked like this?

At what point does aesthetics trump function?

Over at Better Health, Val Jones talks about cases where land mines blow off hands, necessitating the so-called Krukenberg operation, which recreates a pincer grasp in the hands.

The result looks like this:

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It’s a remarkable procedure. But, as Val notes, not everyone may want this operation, as some may opt for aesthetics over function.

Emergency doctor of the future

Funny stuff.

(via WhiteCoat)

How to make a urinal sexy

Will this rejuvenate your bathroom experience?

(via Street Anatomy)

Before you ask a doctor out on a date

Not your doctor, for obvious ethical and legal reasons, but what about your friend’s physician?

Doc Gurley looks at the pertinent issues when considering dating a doctor. Including, of course, how much debt you’re looking at taking on.

“Nowadays, the myth of the rich doctor has tumbled faster than a Madoff investment scheme,” she writes. “More accurately, that’s true if your doc is a …

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Can you really kill a man by gluing his anus shut?

A recently reported method of torturing gay men in Iraq sounds horrifying.

Andrew Sullivan points to an article that spares no graphic details: “. . . anti-gay Shiite death squads are sealing their anuses with a powerful glue, then inducing diarrhea, which leads to a painful and agonizing death.”

But, can someone really die from this novel form of torture?

Emergency physician Shadowfax has his doubts. …

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How to remove a fish hook from an eyeball

Not for the feint of heart. Consider yourself warned.

Taken from a top ten list of gory YouTube surgery videos via Wired Science.

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(via Health Bolt)

A swine flu, or H1N1 influenza, mask that tells you to get the hell away

Nothing more needs to be said.

(via Shadowfax and Street Anatomy)

Can you electrocute yourself from peeing?

Why yes, you can.

From a German collection of 30 illustrations showing how you can die from electrocution. Uplifting.

(via kottke.org)

Turning a cast into a work of art

Who knew that a broken wrist could be turned into a thing of beauty?

(via Street Anatomy)

Brain ads for aspirin

Aspirin gets some seriously creative ads in other countries.

(via Street Anatomy)

An animated CT scan, set to music

In what may be a first, here are two CT scan music videos.

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(via Shadowfax)

What happens if you swallow a pair of scissors

Cool x-rays, but more importantly, why was this man cleaning his teeth with a pair of scissors in the first place?

(via Shadowfax)

The man who had a USB flash drive as a finger

This is called making the most of the situation after losing a finger.

(via Dr. Wes)

Placebo Television returns with episode #16

Family physician Doug Farrago returns with a new episode of Placebo Television, which is likened to the Daily Show of medicine. Enjoy.

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Get the mumps catch-up vaccination, or, the best pro-vaccine commercial ever?

We need more commercials like this in the United States.

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(via Respectful Insolence)

Singing big band tunes to wake a patient out of delirium

Delirium, a transient change in mental status often occurring in hospitalized patients, can be frustrating to the medical staff. Especially if they’re unfamiliar with their baseline state of function.

Here’s a pretty funny story that hospitalist Theresa Chan recounts, where she, along with the nurse and physical therapist, sings big band tunes to a 90-year old who recently underwent hip surgery.

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Turning your MRI into a work of art

Have you ever considered the beauty of your knee MRI?

Becky Stern did, and embroidered it into a work of art.

(via Street Anatomy)

Ways you can die from having sex

Cosmo Magazine, that bastion of reliable medical advice, declares, “An orgasm almost killed her.”

Intrigued, gynecologist Amy Tuteur reads further, and finds its about case where a woman developed stroke-like symptoms after intercourse, and was diagnosed with an embolic stroke.

The patient was taking the birth control pill, which can raise the risk of blood clots. In this case, it was also combined with the presence of …

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