Grand Rounds 5.22 – Napoleon’s Dynamite – GOSH!

17 02 2009

ndmacheckyestEver heard of Napoleon’s Dynamite? Ever seen Napoleon’s Dynamite? According to nurse Kim it is “pretty much the coolest movie ever made” and therefore chosen as theme for the Grand Round she hosts today at Emergiblog.
And Gosh what an excellent Grand Round she compiled. And Gosh am I relieved that I just got 10 submissions for the first MedLib’s Round (she had to deal with 45 submissions or so). And Gosh
am I glad she announced the Grand Round as follows (LoL):

“No theme, and I’m not doing anything that has to do with Presidents or Valentines, so send in any and all topics!

I will say this: “It’s Grand Rounds, what do you think! GOSH!”

Thank you Kim, for this wonderful round, and for including all submissions, including mine.

I have to admit that I have never seen Napoleon’s Dynamite, but reading Kim’s Grand Round I probably should.

Next Grand Round will be hosted by Dr. Peggy at “The Blog that ate Manhattan.

Grand Rounds 5.20: Anniversaries and Blogosphere Scam

3 02 2009

Number OneThe latest edition of Grand Rounds is now up at Not Totally Rad.

This edition coincides almost exactly with his anniversary as a blogger.

So first of all a happy anniversary to samurairadiologist!

For this Round, he chose a loose anniversary theme, asking contributors to write about something cool or important that they had learned in the past year.

The lead-off post is written by Val Jones: How the Health Blogosphere was Scammed — Last two weeks the health blogosphere was buzzing with outrage about the fact that Wellsphere was sold to HealthCentral. Why were people pissed off? In the past, hundreds of health bloggers had received a flattering offer of the SEO of Wellssphere asking them to contribute to Wellsphere, “a free online community where regular people, enthusiasts and professionals can connect, inspire and educate each other about health”. (uh not really). This offer included the republishing of the content of their blog on the Wellsphere site. About 1700 bloggers accepted the offer, probably because they taught this would increase the traffic to their blog or because they wanted to contribute to Wellsphere or be part of its community. Those bloggers often did not realize that they in fact gave away the entire contents of their feeds for nothing. And herein lies their pain: Wellsphere made a good financial deal out of the transfer, but the bloggers who provide content for Wellsphere got no revenues at all. Some people consider this scraping, others consider it legitimate since the bloggers agreed to it.

In my view it is not really “stealing”, compared to the ripping off RSS feeds without informed consent or even knowledge, as discussed in previous posts (see here, here and here).

But you could call the recruiting Wellsphere campaign misleading and unpleasant at least. Furthermore, according to many former Wellsphere employees the Wellsphere management team behaves rather unscrupulous in general.

At least this big incident uncovers the vulnerability of the web 2.0 world and the bloggers: the concentration on traffic and getting links on the one hand and the poor protection of the intellectual property of bloggers on the other hand.

For further information look at the introduction at Not Totally Rad, the posts he refers to, i.e. the above mentioned post of Dr Val and a post of Dmitriy of the Trusted.MD blog. But there are a lot of other good posts on the subject, i.e. on the blogs of the Wall Street Journal, a psychiatrist, an athlete and patients (see here; some warrnings were already written in July 2008).

But apart from this specific theme there are many others worth reading: Anniversaries, lessons learned, Diabetes blogs and Other Chronic Diseases, Humor in Medicine, Ethics and Other Delicacies.

Next Round will be will be hosted by The Health Care Blog

Dutch Grand Round. Old Year, New Year Call for Submissions.

22 12 2008

The Dutch Grand Round (De Grote Visite) is a rotating blogcarnival of Dutch medical blog posts.

Presently Dutch Grand Round 1.9 is up at Health Management RX of Jen McGabe Gorman

Laika’s MedLibLog will be Hosting the next Dutch Grand Rounds (1.10) on December 30th!

Since December 30th is on the edge of the old and new year, I would like this edition to focus on the past (what has been, history) and the present (hot news) and the future (what to expect, wish, foresee).

I will not restrict myself to inclusion of Dutch posts on medical, health and fitness: any post on Dutch health care, Dutch medicine 2.0 or Dutch scientific/clinical papers will be considered for inclusion as well. Whether it is about van Leeuwenhoek or the Dutch EHR. So, writers from abroad I hope you do feel inspired!

Do not feel constrained by this theme, however. Each article is reviewed on its own merit.

Submissions are due by Sunday, December 28st at 12.00 am (Dutch time). (06.00 pm EST).

You can submit your articles through Blog Carnival or by email at (laika dot spoetnik at gmail dot com – without spaces; well check the figure).

I look forward to your submissions! Have a nice Christmas!!!


nl vlag NL flagDe Grote Visite is een twee-wekelijkse ronde langs de medische blogs van Nederlandse bodem of ze nu in het Nederlands of het Engels geschreven zijn.

Terwijl de huidige grote visite (enigzins verlaat) te lezen is op Health Management RX van Jen McGabe Gorman, kondig ik alvast aan, dat

Laika’s MedLibLog gastvrouwe is van de volgende Grote visite (1.10). Deze staat gepland op 30 December!

Omdat 30 december op het scheidingsvlak staat van het oude en het nieuwe jaar, leek me dit een prima moment voor een voor en een achteruitblik:

Wat was belangwekkend (op medisch/gezondheidsgebied) in het verleden (mag ver voor 2008, maar ook recent), of wat zijn de verwachtingen, vooruizichten, wensen voor de toekomst?

Niet alleen Nederlanders mogen meedoen, het mag ook gaan OVER nederlanders/nederlandse gezondheidszorg, ontdekkingen, publicaties.

Ik zal me niet streng aan het thema houden. Elk ingediend stuk wordt op zijn eigen merites beoordeeld.

Indiening voor Zondag a.s. 28 December om 12.00 am. (06.00 pm EST).

U kunt uw artikelen via het Blog Carnival indienen of via email: laika punt spoetnik at gmail punt com – zonder spaties (zie figuur).

Ik kijk uit naar uw bijdragen. Een fijne Kerst alvast, allemaal!!

Grand Round 5.9 at Dr Deb’s

19 11 2008

This week’s Grand Round is up at Dr Deb. She made figuratively and literally a very swinging Round, by putting the post into several playlists, including a medical, a mental health and a patient playlist. You can read them while listening to real music: Doctor my eyes etc.

medical-playlist1Canadian Medicine is hosting Grand Rounds on November 25. For details, click here.

Grand Rounds Archive & Upcoming Schedule can be consulted at:

Election Day at Grand Rounds 5.7

4 11 2008

Grand Round is now up at Nurseratchedsplace of Mother Jones, RN.

This Round, called Election Day at Grand Rounds doesn’t only give a great wrap up of this week’s medical blogposts, but also reviews the health history of former presidents. According To Mother Jones:

“The President of the United States has a few things in common with people like Joe the Plumber. From time to time, everyone gets sick and needs to see a doctor. I remember when George H.W. Bush vomited all over a Japanese Prime Minister during a state dinner. And we all remember the attempt on Ronald Regan’s life. Whatever happens, the president’s physician stands ready to care for their famous patient and members of the First Family.225px-john_f_kennedy_white_house_color_photo_portrait

My blogpost on the importance of early intervention in Addisonian crises is introduced by the story of President J.F. Kennedy who

“started taking steroids to treat colitis. This caused many long-term side effects that haunted him for the rest of his life. Kennedy suffered from Addison disease as well as chronic back pain possibly related to weakened bones caused by steroid use.”

The latter would also have fit with a previous post on Addison’s Disease showing that part of the Addison Diseases are iatrogenic, caused by treatment with high doses of corticosteroids.

For the complete review of all this week’s medical blogs ànd of presidential diseases please visit Election Day at Grand Rounds. Great Job, Mother Jones!

Who missed the previous Grand Round, well it passed by with the speed of light. Hurry up. You might catch up if you take the emergiblog speedway here.

Next Week Grand Round will be up at Musings of a Distractible Mind. Here you can find details how to submit your post.

Dutch Grand Round 1.6: Grote Visite 1.6

4 11 2008

The 6th Dutch Grand Round (Grote Visite) is up at Dr. Shock (see here).
It’s the second time Dr Shock hosts the Dutch Grand Round.

This Grand Round is a rather complete wrap up of the Dutch medical blogosphere as Dr. Shock does not confine himself to the official Grand Round submissions, but also summarizes his own choice of other interesting Dutch posts.
Many Dutch Medblog Posts are written in English, so it may still be worth while to read most posts if you don’t understand Dutch.

The next grand will be at De gezondheidszorg leuker en effectiever of Marjolein Fermie. You can post your entries for the next Grote Visite at the Blog Carnival (here).

Grand Rounds 5.5

21 10 2008

This week’s Next Grand Rounds is now up at Pallimed.

As I said last week: “Each week the grand rounds seem to get larger and larger. Fascinating how the hosts manage to present it in a digestible way”.

The present host Christian Sinclair, MD has an original solution for it. He made two different sections, one in the main post and one in the comments to

“get back to the heart of what I think Grand Rounds is meant to be. The best of the blogosphere per the host that week.” “I did not want to feel like an automaton transposing links into a link farm.

Although there are two sections all blogpost are included (see here).

Next week’s Grand Round will be hosted by Kim at Emergiblog.