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Med Bloggers 29 May 2008 04:21 pm

This Week’s Blog Carnivals

Dr. Benabio
My own pick for top medical writers this week is The Derm Blog written by dermatologist, Jeffrey Benabio, MD.

I’ve been reading this blog for a couple weeks now. Here are just a couple of examples of the really practical advice you’ll find there.

Skin Care Myths: Cuts Heal Better When You Let Air at Them

Apparently, that’s not really the case as Dr Benabio explains…

Scabs are dried collections of dead cells, blood clot, and white blood cells. This crusted debris actually hinders healing because it gets in the way of the skin cells migrating to cover the wound. Allowing a scab to form, then, actually slows healing and can worsen the scar.

Dr. B then goes on to explain how best to treat minor cuts.

Also check out his post on…

How to Treat a Sunburn

Dr. Benabio is board certified in dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He lobbies for the American Academy of Dermatology Association in Washington, DC and is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.


Med Bloggers 05 Mar 2008 10:43 pm

Do You Need an Antibiotic?

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s cold and flu season again in this neck of the woods and this may have you wondering if an antibiotic might be the solution for whatever is ailing you.

Well, Dr. Rob Lamberts, pediatrician, internist and author of the ever popular medblog, Musings of a Distractible Mind has decided to weigh in on the subject in his latest post, Common myths about infections and antibiotics

Much attention has been given to the fact that antibiotics are given too often. The reason for this concern is that the overuse of antibiotics can create resistance in the bacteria a person carries, making it much harder to treat serious infections in the future.

For that reason, the physicians in our practice are trying to avoid using antibiotics unless they are necessary. The problem is that many patients come to the office already convinced that their infection requires an antibiotic and so will not be satisfied unless they get one. This puts our staff in a difficult position, as we want to practice good medicine, but also strive keep our patients happy.

Dr Rob then goes on to compile a list of common misconceptions about when antibiotics are appropriate. Here are a couple examples…

Sinus pain means you need antibiotics

Dr Rob explains…

Sinus pain is caused by a difference in pressure between the inside of the sinuses and the outside world. This is usually caused by thick mucous, and not necessarily infection. Decongestants can help with this (although they may not be appropriate with certain heart conditions and hypertension), as can salt water spray in the nose. The pain is best treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol, etc), or ibuprofen (Advil, etc.).

“The last time I had this I needed antibiotics, so I wanted to catch it early this time.”

The straight scoop…

Most infections that do require antibiotics start with a virus infection and then turn into bacterial infection for which antibiotics are appropriate. To treat an infection “early” means that you would treat it when it does not yet need antibiotics. This is exactly what can cause resistant bacteria. If your symptoms are that of a virus, then antibiotics are a bad choice.

And the list continues with equally good information and advice.

Naturally, I’m tempted to just reprint Dr. Rob’s entire post, but then I’d be denying you the fun of discovering his blog for yourself. If you’re like most folks, you’ll want to bookmark his homepage (or add it to your list of RSS feeds) so you can keep up with every installment.

That is unless you’re afraid of llamas.


Med Bloggers 15 Jan 2008 12:08 pm

A Note on the Nursing Shortage

I knew there was a nursing shortage in this country, but here’s something I didn’t know…

Kim at Emergiblog wrote in her latest post, A Notice for the POTUS:

Oh, there is no dearth of potential nurses in the United States. There are so many applicants that nursing students are often chosen by lottery and many wait years to get into a program.

There is not enough space in our current nursing programs, because there aren’t enough nursing educators.

On the one hand, it is comforting to know that there are still young people seeking to enter this most noble of professions. I was under the impression that the lack of nurses was due solely to the fact that it is a difficult and challenging job… both physically and emotionally… and that not enough people were willing to go that route. I didn’t realize that the real problem was one of logistics.

(Oops, just got interrupted by a phone call and now I can’t remember what I was going to write next.) Oh well, suffice it to say…

Let’s hope that the powers that be will heed Kim’s message and take the necessary steps to attract more qualified nursing instructors to help fill this void.

All for now,


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