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Tuesday, December 06, 2005 

New Grand Rounds!

This week's Grand Rounds is up at The Examining Room of Dr. Charles. These seem to be growing every week (maybe because now Medscape is publicizing it?). Lots of good posts this week. At the Biotech weblog, they discuss the use of fumarones to prevent biofilm formation, with the goal of making catheters and other implanted devices that are prone to infection safer. Red State Moron fleshes out the newest battle in the abortion debate: laws suggesting doctors "inform women seeking abortions that a fetus is developed enough after 20 weeks to feel pain." As RSM discusses, this is something that's not even been decided in the medical world, yet now they want to bypass that and write it into law. MedSleuth discusses the newest Clostridium difficile news--and s/he should know, having gone through a bout of C. difficile infection. Finally, over my med body! has a late submission on pattern recognition, and why it's not always a good thing.


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  • 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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