Romanian doctors play hooky at Buenos Aires conference

My parents just got back from a big, worldwide conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina -- the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry. My dad, who is a devoted psychiatrist, went there to learn new things, like most doctors who go to conferences. Unfortunately, all but five of the entire group of Romanian doctors (150 in total) [...]

Still working at 100

At 100 years old, Dr. W. G. Watson is the world's oldest practicing physician. He's been working as an OB/GYN doctor since 1947, and everyone in his town knows him. He says he doesn't go anywhere without seeing one of his patients, some of which he's followed for over 50 years. And he still makes [...]

Don’t play with Tussionex

Late last night, I kept coughing due to a passing cold. After taking several doses of other cough syrups during the evening, which had obviously not done their job, I decided to take some Tussionex -- my ultimate weapon against coughing. I try to use it only when I absolutely need it, because it's fairly [...]

Signs of overpopulation

Signs of overpopulation are virtually everywhere -- and can even be seen when it comes to the basics of life, like food and shelter. Besides the obvious signs, like crowded cities and roads, and rampant consumption of our natural resources, there are other signs that may or may not be readily apparent, depending on your [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-08-21

Knight News Challenge: Round 2 Launches. The Knight News Challenge, in which winners get grants ranging from tiny to huge, is in its second year. It awards big money for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community news. The contest is run by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year’s winners [...]

The music of Franz von Suppé

By coincidence, I heard two pieces written by Franz von Suppé within the last 24 hours, and realized he's always been one of my favorite composers, although I never knew his name. If you've watched cartoons, then you've definitely heard his Light Cavalry Overture, and chances are you've also heard his Jolly Robbers Overture. They're [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-05-06

Here's the good stuff: Want to watch cheese mature? A company in England wanted to show the process and time involved in making good cheese, so they installed a web cam next to aging cheddar. That hunk of cheese has now become an Internet star. Escape the Meatrix! Watch this movie to find out what [...]

A doctor's view on "free lunches" and politicians

The following open letter from Dr. Sanford Siegel, President of the Chesapeake Urology Associates, to Rep. Henry Waxman (R-CA), was pointed out to me this morning. I asked Dr. Siegel's permission to post it in its entirety on ComeAcross, and he agreed. I'm struck by how true this letter rings. My father is a doctor. [...]