September 14th, 2007

Weekend Reading

Once again, some more reading for the weekend:

A deadly amoeba lurking at the bottom of lakes and ponds may be responsible for the deaths of three children in Florida this past summer and the Florida Department of Health issued a warning to those participating in any kind of water sports. Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Orange County Health Department told the Orlando Sentinel :

“This is a rare infection but everyone in Central Florida [who swims] in lakes needs to be aware of the danger and take the proper precautions.”

Only 23 cases of infection by the amoeba, called naegleria fowleri, were documented in the US between 1995 and 2004, according to the CDC. Via the WSJ Health Blog


The Associated Press reported that some hospitals are installing kiosks to help patients check themselves into hospital emergency rooms. Though real emergency cases, such as gunshot or crash victims with serious injuries, will still be checked in the old fashioned way, most patients will:

…spend about eight minutes at the kiosks, using touchscreens to enter their name, age, and other personal information. The computer shows the patient a list of ailments to choose from, like “pain” or “fever and/or chills” and a list of body parts to indicate where it hurts.

Hmmm… I’m just getting the hang of using those new check-out kiosks at retailers but I’ve found the check-in kiosks at airports have really helped speed me through the airport… but in a hospital? We’ll see…

Thanks to KevinMD.


And lastly…

esquire2.jpg Who would have thought it? An employee of Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics company was named one of Esquire Magazine’s best-dressed men in America.

Congratulations, Frank. Now… who is your tailor?

5 Responses to “Weekend Reading”

  1. Still Disgusted says

    I find it really telling that on the same blog that you defend Johnson & Johnson against suing the Red Cross, you’re touting Frank Kelly, who works for J&J, as being named one of the best dressed men in America.

    How fantastic that the money he makes through Johnson & Johnson is put to such good, noble use as buying designer clothes. How fantastic that Johnson & Johnson publicly touts how proud of him they are for that.

    As children in war zones and disaster zones around the world have food, blankets and resources snatched out from under them because J&J cares more about sitting on top of its piles of cash than about human suffering, I certainly feel much better knowing that Johnson & Johnson has its priorities in order.

    Bravo, again, to Johnson & Johnson.

  2. Marc says

    “Still Disgusted” -Though your point is off topic and your argument specious, I decided to post it — if only to point out that there are about 120,000 people who work for J&J, and each of them has their own story to tell.

    In Frank’s case, he told me that the proceeds from the award from Esquire will be donated to two charities — one that helps shelter homeless people in South Florida, and one that helps nourish children of Nicaragua. As he told me: “At the end of the day, I was able to turn this experience into something that helps support others in need.”

  3. Even more disgusted says

    If Johnson & Johnson is so proud of Frank donating money to the homeless and to undernourished children in “Nicaraqua,” why not post THAT on your blog?

    Why not post THAT front and center?

    Why delight in him being named best-dressed instead?

    Ask yourself, why was something so superficial Johnson & Johnson’s first priority instead? What does that say about J&J, and what does that say about the person aggregating the news for this blog?

  4. Linda B says

    Frank is a great argument against business casual! And the other whiners bashing the posting of Frank’s story need to lighten up. Geez. There are bigger fish to fry.

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