Acute Wiiitis

Acute Wiiitis – The New England Journal of Medicine.

A healthy 29-year-old medical resident awoke one Sunday morning with intense pain in the right shoulder. He did not recall any recent injuries or trauma and had not participated in any sports or physical exercise recently…After further review of his activities during the previous 24 hours, the patient recalled that he had bought a new Nintendo Wii (pronounced “wee”) video-game system and had spent several hours playing the tennis video game.

Does ‘Wiiitis’ have one ‘i’ too many?

Hands-Only CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest…

It’s not Rocket Science, it’s Hands-Only CPR [American Heart Association]

It’s not normal to see an adult suddenly collapse, but if you do, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. It’s called Hands-Only CPR.

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Related Link:
Hands-Only (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Call to Action for Bystander Response to Adults Who Experience Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Circulation. 2008 Apr 22;117(16):2162-7. Epub 2008 Mar 31. Free full text.

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Sham Acupuncture

What is sham acupuncture? It is an acupuncture treatment that does not stimulate known acupuncture points.

What is real acupuncture? In this new acupuncture study published in a real medical journal:
A randomized trial comparing acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, and usual care for chronic low back pain [Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009 May 11];
simulated acupuncture using toothpicks that did not penetrate the skin was just as effective as real acupuncture.

Simulated acupuncture could be considered to be sham needling but it is not sham acupuncture. is a little confused about this in Acupuncture for Bad Backs: Even Sham Therapy Works. But at least they included an image of a half naked Asian woman in their story.

Acupuncture Side Effect?

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Stroke And The Three Nuns

What is the stroke definition?

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of the flow of blood in part of the brain. There are two kinds of stroke :

  1. The most common is ischemic stroke. Is is caused by a blood clot in the brain.
  2. The other kind of stroke is hemorrhagic stroke. It is caused by bleeding in the brain.

One of the risk factors for having a stroke is high blood pressure. High blood pressure which is often seen in the elderly.

Can you identify the kind of stroke described in the following story? Continue reading