Happy New Year’s Eve from the Geezer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZh1C9tSrpM The year 2013 is nearly upon us and I'm hopeful. There was a cute prompt for posts from WordPress: "Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing or event from the last year of your life. What’s the statue of and what makes it so significant?" Actually my sculptor has been working on the  … Continue reading Happy New Year’s Eve from the Geezer

Radio Talk Show about Delirium and Coma in the ICU

Several months ago, a colleague sent me the link, http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2011-03-02/intensive-care  to the Diane Rehm Show, the WAMU 88.5 NPR radio talk program which aired on March 2, 2011. It was about the experience of being in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is not infrequently marred by delirium, coma, and PTSD. The show featured several … Continue reading Radio Talk Show about Delirium and Coma in the ICU

Benzodiazepines May Increase the Risk of and Mortality from Infections

I just recently heard about yet another health risk associated with benzodiazepines. These are sedative-hypnotic medications that have a variety of indications. In psychiatry they are often used to manage anxiety, insomnia,  or alcohol withdrawal to name just a few. There are many challenges associated with their use. They tend to lead to tolerance and … Continue reading Benzodiazepines May Increase the Risk of and Mortality from Infections

Somatoform Disorders in Primary Care: CPCP by Dr. Paige Deets

This is an excellent  presentation about somatoform disorders encountered by primary care physicians, at one of our recent weekly conferences on the psychiatry consultation service. It's part of the Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP). Appropriately, it was presented by Dr. Paige Deets, a resident physician in our Family Medicine training program. The Family Medicine residents … Continue reading Somatoform Disorders in Primary Care: CPCP by Dr. Paige Deets

Delirium Prevention: CPCP by Dr. Evan Ouyang

This is yet another outstanding  presentation about a new topic, delirium prevention, specifically about the use of gabapentin as prophylaxis, at one of our recent weekly conferences on the psychiatry consultation service. It's part of the Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP). In order to see the picture galleries of photos or Powerpoint slides, click … Continue reading Delirium Prevention: CPCP by Dr. Evan Ouyang

Take a Look at Ourselves?

I read this great blog post by Katherine Gordy Levine recently, STOP NAME CALLING | Emotional Fitness. We seem to do a fair amount of name calling as adults as well, especially in times of national crisis with which we're continually struggling to cope. For example, one of the AMA MorningRounds  items in the last week … Continue reading Take a Look at Ourselves?