The dogs who listen to children reading (Guardian)
“Listening dog” encourages children to read aloud. “It helps with their self-esteem in reading out loud because he is non-judgmental. He doesn’t judge them and he doesn’t laugh at them.” Greyhounds are the dog of choice. Adopt a greyhound website.
18 Stethoscopes, 1 Heart Murmur and Many Missed Connections (NYT)
A woman (journalist/author) with a clearly audible mitral valve click volunteers to let second year med students listen. Interesting observations on doctor/patient relationship, learning to be a doctor.
Prostate Guideline Causes Many Needless Biopsies, Study Says (NYT)
Support for H. Gilbert Welch’s contention in Overdiagnosed. Turns out medical guideline on P.S.A. velocity (the rate of change in readings from year to year) is not associated with disease, as previously assumed.
100,000 NHS patients given wrong diabetes diagnosis, says report (Guardian)
50,000 people told they had diabetes when they did not. A similar number misdiagnosed with Type 1 when they had Type 2 and vice versa. Errors due to mistakes by medical staff and lack of understanding of the condition by doctors.
When your privacy is violated in the doctor’s office (KevinMD)
Dr. Joel Sherman, of Patient Modesty Blog. Suggests patients speak up when their bodies are needlessly and thoughtlessly exposed in a medical setting. Interesting comments.
Physicians who are able to feel compassion (KevinMD)
Nice description — from a doctor’s point of view — on whether or not to allow oneself to have feelings about patients.
A Word on Statistics by Wislawa Szymborska (Caterina.net)
Beautiful, striking poem, translated from the Polish. There’s a second poem by this poet in the comments.
David Cameron gets a cat to catch rats (Guardian)
After a rat was seen scurrying around Number 10 Downing Street, the Cameron family decided to get a cat. He is believed to be 3 to 5 years old and comes from a shelter.
Image (“Listening” dog): The Guardian
Image (David Cameron’s cat): Los Angeles Times