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News, Public Health, Disease Prevention: World Cancer Day – Feb 4 2010 and a Very Special Cat

Today is World Cancer Day 2010 – Feb 4 2010

International Union Against Cancer (UICC) is the principal sponsor for World Cancer Day and is responsible for organizing the annual World Cancer Campaign and World Cancer Summit (held every two years).

The theme for the 2010 campaign is “Cancer can be prevented too”.  The public health message promotes practical lifestyle choices or modifications to lower the risk of  developing cancer, such as avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol consumption or exposure to the sun’s rays (or tanning booths), maintaining a healthy weight and take preventative measures against cancer-causing infections.

World Cancer Day began in 2006, and is held every year on Feb 4th.

Here are some additional facts about the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), from their “About” page:

In 1933, cancer researchers recognized the need to share knowledge and expertise globally and so founded the International Union Against Cancer (UICC). Since then, UICC has grown to embrace organizations engaged in all aspects of cancer prevention and control: voluntary cancer societies, research and treatment centres, public health authorities, patient support networks andadvocacy groups, and ministries of health “.

UICC works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), and has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. It offers corporate partners a unique opportunity to demonstrate social responsibility on a global scale. Every two years, UICC brings together key stakeholders in a World Cancer Summit. ”

Text Source: http://www.uicc.org/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


It probably isn’t correct to say that any cat has a “mission” in life… other than eating, looking for tuna, seeking out sunny spots, sleeping, batting balls around or searching for insects to chew on.  But anyone who has ever lived with a feline knows how comforting a warm, purring cat can be in times of trouble or stress.

This month, the press has picked up on the story of one spotted cat from Providence, RI  that does seem to have a purpose and meaning in his behaviors, as documented by David Dosa, MD.

Dr. Dosa is an associate professor of medicine at Brown University and a gerontologist at Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Providence. Oscar is a therapy cat and lives at the facility on the third floor where there is a 41-bed unit for patients with dementia. The staff has noticed that, over time, Oscar has purposely chosen to enter rooms  of patients who are near death and will stay with them until they’ve passed on.

The doctor has written a book about the cat, entitled “Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of An Ordinary Cat” which was published by Hyperion Books on Feb 2 2010.  Earlier, an essay he wrote about the cat was published the New England Journal of Medicine in July 2007.

In the Medical Subject Headings List (MeSH) I found that the term “animal assisted therapy” was added to PubMed only recently (in 2010).  Link here to a group of recent citations found on Medline about therapeutic human-animal relationships.

Reporters from The Providence Journal visited with Dr. Dosa and Oscar recently, and the video link is here (Jan 31 2010). Some of the other news videos about this story are regrettably sensationalistic, even calling him the furry “angel of death” or other silly stuff.

And today, I learned that Oscar now has a Facebook page!


The Friday Post #44: Cephalopods, Coconuts, Cold Iguanas, Pinched

This is the first Friday Post #44 for 2010

Anyone who reads this blog might recall that I’m fond of cephalopods. Why? They’re smart (if not huggable), beautiful in their alien-marine type of way, their skin reflects their emotional states and there is still so much for humans to discover about their wily Octopus behaviors.  So, this Friday Post celebrates the Cephalopod class of Molluska.


Octopus Adopts a Significant Other (in this case, a coconut)

Video Credit/Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/museumvictoria – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


and who knew Octopus could moon-walk?!

Video Credit/Source: http://youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tteigkXaj6k – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


An online library exhibit found on the Marine Biological Laboratory – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute website features the exquisite anatomical illustrations of 19th Century German scientist, Rudolph Leuckart (1822-1890), who was considered the “Father of Parasitology” and a very influential zoologist in his era.

This virtual exhibit shows many of Dr. Leuckart’s beautiful, classic color illustrations; the chart below features a Cephalopod:


Image credit: http://www.mblwhoilibrary.org/exhibits/leuckart/wall_charts.html – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


Watch where you walk

Although I have a number of relatives who live in Florida (where the license plates read “the Sunshine State“), none of them ever mentioned  kamikaze lizards, a species that has been severely affected by this week’s prolonged severe cold weather in the South. (News story from JustNews.com – WPLG Channel 10, Broward County, Florida). And these guys are big and green!

This could be the stuff of nightmares for some people.


Writings about this American Recession

In regards to money (or lack thereof), there is an interesting series of writings on Salon.com entitled Pinched.  A recent post by Ken Ilgunas (Dec 6 2009) relates his experience of living in a used 1994 van in order to afford to attend graduate school at Duke University.  He lives without running water, and with no certain address, but he is debt-free.  Worth reading, and especially for his discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of living simply.


That’s the Friday Post #44 for Jan 8 2010.

Enjoy your weekend!

The Friday Post #43: Dec 25, 2009 ~ Best Wishes and Happy Holidays!

Here’s the Friday Post #43 for Dec 25 2009. Get in the holiday spirit with unusual instruments, Santa tracking, crooning kittens… and a 25-year old music video (back when MTV was young).

Instant Classic! Track Santa and his sleigh as he travels around the globe on the Norad Santa site.


Listen to “Do you Hear What I Here?” Beautiful music by the Brown Beer Bottle Band

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Moving right along to… Singing Yuletide Kittens

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

(Creepily Cute!)


Finally, a music event from 1985:  We Are the World

RIP Michael Jackson

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


That’s the Friday Post for Christmas Day 2009

Happy Holidays Everyone!

The Friday Post #42: Fact Generator, Opt Out Village and She’s a Gunner

Here’s The Friday Post #44 for Nov 20 2009.

Found on Mental Floss.com, take a look at The Amazing Fact Generator:

Image Credit: http://www.mentalfloss.com/amazingfactgenerator/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Have you heard about Google’s Opt-Out Privacy Feature?

Image Credit: Courtesy of The Onion at http://bit.ly/39R9Nn – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

Watch this video by staff from The Onion as they explain what will happen to those few humans who choose to live in the Google Opt-Out Village. It’s not a pretty place.


The Med School Gunner Song

They’re awesome!

Medical students from the University of Arizona (Class of 2012) made this funny video as part of the orientation for the incoming Class of 2013.  Wow – the library stacks have a starring role, too.  Bravo, ladies!


That’s the Friday Post #42, folks.  Good luck on the upcoming exam!

The Friday Post #41: Three Videos… Sesame Street, Flutes and Pancakes

Happy Birthday to Sesame Street which this week celebrates its 40th season on PBS!   Here’s a video by beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo playing the theme song:

Video Credit: Courtesy of YouTube.com and Greg Patillo – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Sesame Street is full of interesting characters. The Yip Yips (Martian visitors) are two of my favorites.  Here’s a classic segment as they discover what a Radio does:

Video Credit: Courtesy of Sesame Street – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Finally… with multiple exams looming for the first-year medical students, it seems an apt moment to link to a classic medical student video called “Pancakes Every Day“:

Video: Courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ZfMbagBxI – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


That’s the Friday Post #41 for Nov 6 2009, folks!   Enjoy your weekend.

The Friday Post #39: Two Notable Blogs, Chameleons, Guitars and Drunk

Here’s the Friday Post #39 for Oct 16 2009.  It snowed in Connecticut yesterday.  It was a mucho-early start to the cold weather season.  Let’s hope for no more snow for another few weeks.

Nice to learn that Graham Walker is still in fine form!  He used to blog as a Medical Student on the Over My Med Body blog (which is still available to read but will have no new postings after June 22,  2008).

Dr. Walker is now a resident in Emergency Medicine in NYC. His current blog is The Central Line where he recently posted a list of indicators which will indicate just how sick you are (tongue in cheek of course).  Read his post entitled “Non-Clinical Prognostic Indicators“.


Next: An interesting scientific project from MIT called the Chameleon Guitar, described by its’ creators as a “physical heart in a digital instrument”.  Here is an excerpt from the About page:

The Chameleon Guitar, developed at the MIT Media Lab, presents a unique combination of traditional acoustic values and digital abilities. This is a real hybrid machine; a computer reads acoustic information from a wooden heart (resonator) to create new sound experience. This is an academic research project, and not a commercial one; hopefully it will influence others to explore what lies between our physical world and computers.

Learn more at:  http://www.thechameleonguitar.com/Chameleon_Guitar/Home.html


Chameleons are Weird *

Here’s some proof:

Source Credit: YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


My kid the college-student sent me this video link which, while amusing, could also be viewed as a live demonstration of the perils of poly-substance abuse.  He can hardly get up off the floor but, by golly, his grip on that carton of beer never slips.

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s_40rM_L0s – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


That’s the Friday Post #39 for Oct 16 2009

Have a great weekend.

* The first chameleon video I put in this post looked too photo-shopped… so I found a better rendition of what a real chameleon looks like.

Answer? An alien.



The Friday Post #38: Strange Posts, Sleepy Chickens and Strange Sports

This is the Friday Post #38 for October 2 2009.

Strange?  Define Strange.

As a blog-administrator I get to filter all comments to the page before they are displayed publically.  The majority of the spam is deleted by myself or caught by Askimet, the utility in WordPress that takes care of that function.

On Tuesday, Sept 29 there was a link in my Comments section referring to a post I’d written earlier this week about LigerCat, a new PubMed search tool.  The in-coming link looked like this (screenshot shown below):



Image credit: http://www.wordpress.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Intrigued, I clicked on the address of the referring page and below is a screenshot of their synopsis of what I wrote:


PubMed Poke Apparatus grown in 2009?  Heaven help us all

Image credit: http://tiny.cc/I78dS – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Cartoonist Doug Savage writes a blog called Savage Chickens and invented the term “sleepworking” with this post from Aug 28 2008:


Photo credit: http://www.savagechickens.com/2008/08 – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


These videos come with a couple of caveats: Don’t try this at home. Some activities could result in serious bodily injury. Never jump off a roof, no matter what your friends say to you.  In questionable taste.

Getting hit in the eye by a pair of flying sunglasses would be no laughing matter.  These videos should remind us that there is, and will always be, a need for a new generation of Emergency Medicine physicians due in part to the poor coordination (or questionable judgment) of young people when it comes to acting like daredevils on (or with) sports equipment.

However, the young men in question have obviously practiced their sports often, are well-trained in them, and (admit it) it is creepily fascinating to observe their accuracy.

.First:  Sunglasses Catching

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-prfAENSh2k All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Second:  Pants Jumping

Video credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pShf2VuAu_Q All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Last:  Laptop Catching is so out of the scope of this blog, I’m not even going to post the URL for it.  You can find it on your own.


And that’s the Friday Post #38 for Oct 2 2009, folks.  Have a restful, enjoyable weekend!

Influenza, Public Health, Preventive Medicine: Vote today for your favorite Flu PSA

Did you know that the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services has its own site on YouTube.com?

You betcha!

Go to http://www.youtube.com/USGOVHHS


Image Source: http://www.flu.gov/psa/psacontest1.html – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

Tips for preventing the spread of influenza – by systematic hand-washing, for example, or using an antiseptic hand cleanser – is the core message of a series of humor-with-a-purpose videos currently being promoted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for their 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest which concludes today, Wednesday Sept 16 2009.

Please watch the short videos and then vote for your favorite Fight the Flu video.


Today, Dr. John D. Clarkes’ Flu Rap won my vote


The HHS agency, in a joint effort with producers of Sesame Street, also has developed this fall a series of flu-prevention public service announcements for young children featuring Elmo:


Image Source/Credit:  Sesame Street & YouTube – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


And finally (getting way off topic): Am I the only one confused by the Public Service Announcement acronym?

Prostate Specific Antigen, for example, is likely the first thing a clinician or medical librarian thinks of when seeing PSA.

However, a recent search on Google for “PSA” shows how a myriad of different interpretations. Following  – among many available processes, agencies, ideas, associations or manufacturing methods – is a short and eclectic list about PSAs, including players of squash, the science of chickens, professional skaters, political science honor students, trainers of dogs, scuba diving enthusiasts, sociologists, philosophers, protein sequencing tools, a society for Polish actuarians, the science behind sticky tape and a lot of other stuff:

Because really, only a nerdy librarian would search for that type of stuff, anyway!

Public Health, News, Epidemiology: H1N1 News and a Feed from CDC

H1N1virusImage – H1N1 Influenza Virus

Photo/Image Credit: Courtesy of http://www.microbiologystudents.com/gallery_image.php?image_id=4


Last week, in anticipation of the beginning of ‘regular’ flu season in the Northern hemisphere and the public health concerns over the pandemic spread of H1N1 influenza worldwide, it seemed logical to add a news-feed to the EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC blog from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for current news, advisories and practical information about Pandemic Flu (H1N1).

Flu.gov is open and available for anyone in the world to access at no cost, in English or Spanish language versions.  The focus of the CDC website is on incidence of influenza among Americans, but there are also links to current information about H1N1 posted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other sources.

A section of Flu.gov is dedicated to the information needs of clinical care providers (or medical students), and is titled “For Professionals“.  Below is a screenshot of that page:



Image/Photo Credit: http://pandemicflu.gov/index.html – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Here are several links which might be of particular interest for professional (and amateur) epidemiologists.  First: an excerpt of text found on the FluView page:  ” Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView.

Next: true news junkies will appreciate the many updates found on the CDC H1N1: What’s New? page.

Third: Disease transmission through public or private school populations is of special concern worldwide.  Dated Aug 25 2009, here is a link to an online document summarizing Vaccines Advisory for Specific Population Groups (i.e., infants, children enrolled in schools K-12, college-age students, etc.).   Another recent advisory of interest to administrators of institutions of higher education (abbreviated IHE), such as the “CDC Guidance for Responses to Influenza for Institutions of Higher Education during the 2009-2010 Academic Year“.

CDC Podcasts are available on many different topics; here’s a link to one written specifically for children entitled “All You Have to Do is Wash Your Hands“.


Lastly, here are some links to other sources for information on the 2009 H1N1 pandemic (in no particular order):

  • Eurosurveillance is “an open-access peer-reviewed journal about infectious diseases surveillance prevention and control in Europe. Over 14,000 readers around the world subscribe to our weekly online edition, which is published every Thursday…. “.
  • The goal of HealthMap is to ” bring together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization)
  • An entry from Wikipedia – “2009 Flu Pandemic by Country” – features many maps for reported incidences shown both by country and continent (but note: their data lags behind that reported by other international public health sites).
  • Public Health Agency of Canada provides current links to the spread of the disease throughout the country;  their FluWatch interactive maps are useful (screenshot shown below):


Image credit: Public Health Agency of Canada – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


Finally, UCHC library users can search GIDEON, a subscription database (note: Proxy access required from off-campus). Why is GIDEON a unique resource for epidemiologists, researchers, students and public health administrators?  Here is an excerpt from their “About” page:

GIDEON is made up of four modules: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Therapy and Microbiology. The database includes 337 diseases, 224 countries, 1,147 microbial taxa and 306 antibacterial (-fungal, -parasitic, -viral) agents and vaccinesData sources include the entire world’s literature and adhere to the standards of Evidence Based Medicine… There are  20,000 images, graphs, interactive maps and reference updates “.

Source:  http://www.gideononline.com/product.htm



An earlier post about H1N1 on this blog (May 7 2009) can be read here.


Note: Here is a link to a free 4-page H1N1 patient-education pamphlet from BMJ Clinical Evidence.

The Friday Post #36: Bad Clowns, Doggies and a Music Video

It is my blogo-versary (two years, 3 weeks of blogging, folks – send a comment, please), it’s the depths of summer, the students are on vacation, so let’s take poetic license to post whatever is at hand.  Here they are:

A friend of mine is terrified of clowns in all forms. If you read the novel It by Stephen King, you might not ever walk past a clown (or street gutters) without wincing. The actor Tim Curry (who played Pennywise, the evil clown, in the film version of It) gives me the creeps, too.

Adam Berg in 2009 created a short film funded by Philips to promote their Cinema 21:9 LCD TV. Like a Dada film, one can start and stop watching Carousel – and then start it again – and it all makes about as much sense.

The fictional mayhem in this short film occurs in a hospital.  It won an award at the 2009 Cannes Lions FestivalDada-esque?

Photo credit:  http://stinkdigital.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

For more information about the creation of this interactive work, visit links to Stink Digital and Philips Carousel for Cinema 21:9 TV – How they did it.


Don’t laugh – I used to live in San Francisco and have eaten once or twice at Doggie Diner, where the food is cheap, fast and good — amusing for the fact that the cooks yell at you if you don’t give your order quick and then move along.  No holding up the customer line!

Thanks to blogger Scott Beale at LaughingSquid for posting about this:

DoggieDinerAwardSFPhoto credit:  http://laughingsquid.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009



Hibi no Neiro” (Tone of everyday) is a music-video by Japanese band SOUR, used to promote the group’s first mini-album, Water Flavor EP.   The 3.5 minute video was created by Masashi Kawamura, Hal Kirkland, Magico Nakamura and Masayoshi Nakamura in June 2009.

It is interesting to watch for both the music and the people (all fans of the band) who collectively filmed it worldwide.  It is one of those videos where, every time you watch it you can see something new in it:

Image source: YouTube.com – All rights reserved – copyright 2009

Thanks to Michael Wesch for twittering about it.


And that’s the Friday Post #36 for Aug 14 2009.   Hurray – a new academic year begins next week!