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Grand Rounds: Brain and Cognition edition

Encephalon (brain & mind blog car­ni­val, edi­tion ) final­ly meets Grand Rounds (health & med­i­cine blog car­ni­val).

What a nice sur­prise. Hel­lo. Nice to meet you!

Note: Chron­ic Babe wins a com­pli­men­ta­ry copy of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness for basi­cal­ly invent­ing cog­ni­tive sleep ther­a­py. Con­grats!

Life and Death

Mind­Hacks dis­cuss­es an unex­pect­ed surge in brain activ­i­ty when blood pres­sure drops to zero.

In Sick­ness & In Health suf­fers a death in the fam­i­ly. Adam shem tov. A man of good name.

Brain­Blog­ger won­ders, is reli­gion a “nat­ur­al” phe­nom­e­non?

Mind and Empa­thy

Behav­ior­ism & Men­tal Health finds that every­one can have a men­tal ill­ness — take a look at “Adjust­ment Dis­or­der”.

ACP Internist rein­forces the impor­tance of empa­thy. Nov­el Patient encour­ages patients to dream big, Flo­re­cen­dot­com high­lights how patients them­selves con­tribute to patient safe­ty. The Hip­po­crat­ic Oaf dis­cuss­es the feel­ings of a med­ical stu­dent. Clin­i­cal Cas­es won­ders what doc­tors  in train­ing car­ry in their white coats.

Advances in the His­to­ry of Psy­chol­o­gy exam­ines an impor­tant ear­ly step in the jour­ney to con­cep­tu­al­ize cog­ni­tion and emo­tion from a neur­al point of view.

The Fit­ness Fix­er empathizes with her feet.

Brain

How to Cope With Pain dis­cuss­es a con­tro­ver­sial treat­ment for severe pain.

Neu­rophiloso­pher shows how vision (view­ing one’s body) can mod­u­late the sens­es of touch and pain. Fun exper­i­ments  includ­ed. Neu­r­o­crit­ic takes things one step fur­ther, and takes us to the poten­tial future of tat­too removal.

Prov­i­den­tia announces a new NFL Con­cus­sion Com­mit­tee. 300,000 sports-relat­ed trau­mat­ic brain injuries occur in the Unit­ed States alone each year.

Sharp­Brains answers 15 com­mon ques­tions relat­ed to neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty.

Med­ical Smart­phones Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Rounds: Call for Submissions

Wel­come to the new Sharp­Brains! — we have inau­gu­rat­ed this new theme and look & feel today, so if you find some­thing that does­n’t work, please let us know.

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I will be host­ing Grand Rounds, the week­ly col­lec­tion of great health and med­ical blog­ging, on Tues­day, Octo­ber 20th. Please send me your post at alvaro (at) sharp­brains (dot) com, indi­cat­ing Grand Rounds in the title. Please do so before end of Sun­day, Octo­ber 18th, USA time.

Option­al theme will be, of course: Cog­ni­tion and the Brain. Would you share your thoughts and expe­ri­ences on how cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science and neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy should, will, or may, be used to improve health and health­care? what oppor­tu­ni­ties you see for pre­ven­tive and/ or clin­i­cal care to bet­ter deal with the assess­ment, main­te­nance, rehab, of cog­ni­tive and emo­tion­al func­tions, across the lifes­pan?

Reward for the extra brain exer­cise? I will give away a com­pli­men­ta­ry copy of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, our recent book, to the blog­ger who (in my edi­to­r­i­al judge­ment) offers the most insight­ful post.

The theme is option­al. Grand Rounds will include all oth­er impor­tant top­ics you write about. Look­ing for­ward a stim­u­lat­ing edi­tion!

Blog Carnivals: Encephalon, Grand Rounds, Change of Shift

Three excel­lent new edi­tions of these blog car­ni­vals:

- Encephalon at Neu­roskep­tic: brain and mind top­ics.

- Grand Rounds at Run­ning a Hos­pi­tal: over­all health and med­i­cine, this week with spe­cial theme “when things go awry”.

- Change of Shift at Emergi­Blog: nurs­ing and relat­ed health­care top­ics.

Brain, Mind, Health, Medicine: blog carnivals!

A cou­ple of very well curat­ed col­lec­tions of recent blog posts:

Encephalon #64: host­ed by Neu­r­o­crit­ic, cov­er­ing neu­ro­science and psy­chol­o­gy. Please make sure to vis­it when you have some time to spare…because you will quick­ly become addict­ed to the qual­i­ty con­tent and superb pre­sen­ta­tion.

It’s Grand Rounds, What Do You Think? GOSH!: host­ed by Kim at Emergi­Blog, with an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, “Napoleon Dyna­mite”, frame. Does­n’t seem to make sense? well, pay a vis­it.

Grand Rounds 5:12 — Healthcare Reform Q&A

If Dr. Rob can inter­view San­ta, why can’t I inter­view a select group of health & med­ical blog­gers? They will have some good ideas to share”.

So did Pres­i­dent-elect Oba­ma came to real­ize a few days ago. After his peo­ple kind­ly con­tact­ed our peo­ple, we felt com­pelled to grant him open access to our col­lec­tive wis­dom. With­out fur­ther ado, below you have Grand Rounds 5:12 — a Q&A ses­sion led by the incom­ing Pres­i­dent on how to reform (for the bet­ter, we hope) health­care.

On Health Insur­ance

Q:  How does the blo­gos­phere per­ceive the prob­lem of hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant group of peo­ple unin­sured?

Health Insur­ance Col­orado: a grow­ing eco­nom­ic bur­den, which may lead to emer­gency rooms turn­ing peo­ple away if they are unable to pro­vide proof of health insur­ance.

Dr Rich: well, a recent arti­cle in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion showed how over­crowd­ing in Amer­i­can emer­gency rooms is NOT due to the unin­sured. Rather, it is due to insured Amer­i­cans who can­not get in to see their pri­ma­ry care physi­cians. We may need improved care both for the insured and unin­sured groups.

Insure­Blog: I’d sec­ond that. Lack of health insur­ance is a major prob­lem but is it real­ly our Biggest Prob­lem?

It’s All about Atti­tude

Q: You may have heard my cam­paign mantra, “Yes We Can”. Can I count on your sup­port?

ButY­ouDont­Look­Sick: Yes. If Leslie Hunt can talk so open­ly about her chron­ic ill­ness (Lupus) yet ful­fill her Amer­i­can Idol dreams, we can ful­fill our dreams too.

Notes of an Anes­the­sioboist: you are talk­ing to the group of pro­fes­sion­als will­ing to self-exper­i­ment with our own body for the ben­e­fit of sci­ence and our patients.

Med­views: My wife, son, and I signed up to work as med­ical vol­un­teers for your upcom­ing inau­gu­ra­tion.

Emergi­Blog: I am on board too. But, please, remem­ber that car­ing is the essence of nurs­ing. And that is why my patients will always be my patients and nev­er my  clients.

Neu­roan­thro­pol­o­gy: Mr. Pres­i­dent-elect, it seems to me that, despite all our good inten­tions, bal­anc­ing the bud­get and mul­ti­ple com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties will be a chal­lenge. May I sug­gest you start prac­tic­ing some capoeira for equi­lib­ri­um train­ing?

Shrink Rap: Hap­py to help. Now, we will need to pro­tect some time for qual­i­ty sleep time.

Train­ing

Q: I am encour­aged by your words. How can my team and I bet­ter sup­port you in your dai­ly activ­i­ties?

Aequa­nim­i­tas: we need more role mod­els for us to “learn to think, observe, and com­pare” and that the patient is our “first, last, and only teacher”.

Mud­phud­der: Could­n’t agree more. We need Read the rest of this entry »

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