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Tuesday, November 29, 2005 

Grand Rounds 2.10

Best of the medical blogosphere is up and runnin' at "Over my med body" (great title!) with a Thanksgiving theme. Ones that drew my attention: antimicrobial chewing gum on the Biotech Weblog; a discussion on the issues related to VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean) at Red State Moron; Polite Dissent discusses a pet peeve of mine as well: ridiculous headlines; Catallarchy has more on the autopsy of HIV-denier Christine Maggiore's daughter, Eliza; and Orac lays the smack-down on chelation therapy for autism.

Additionally, it was noted that applications are being accepted for the 2005 Medical Weblog Awards. Nominate your favorite blogs in the following categories and spread some love around:
-- Best Medical Weblog

-- Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2005)

-- Best Literary Medical Weblog

-- Best Clinical Sciences Weblog

-- Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog

-- Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog
Finally, my career prospect if I don't get tenure. DB reports on a trend in drug reps: hiring former cheerleaders. Bet it pays better than academia, too.


About me

  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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