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:

krukenberg operation

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

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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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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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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