Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Curbsiders

I love podcasts. I listen to them on my commute and when I walk my dog twice a day.

Bo the Dog

In the last year I have become addicted to The Curbsiders, what I consider the best internal medicine podcast. These three guys get interesting experts and interview them on topics with a primary care angle. They do a good job of digging deep to get good engagement from them and though they are respectful they do ask challenging questions (though honestly, I thought I got all softballs, listen to the podcast on coronary calcium scores for some probing questions).

Most importantly they are entertaining. I don't need NephSAP audio digest. That stuff kills me. Never absorbed a sentence of it. The Curbsiders make listening to medical science fun.

Looks like they stopped doing these in 2013. Anyone miss them?

And this week they had me as a guest. I enjoyed the experience immensely, but in an hour of talking off the cuff I made some embarrassing mistakes:
  • In describing water reabsorption I said it occured in the cortical collecting duct rather than the medullary collecting duct.
  • In describing my cure for cramps I tell the story of Gitelman's and say it is like congenital loop diuretics rather than congenital thiazide diuretics
  • I mucked up the story about MRFIT and how it allowed a head to head comparison of HCTZ and chlorthalidone. I really oversold what happened.
          Here is how Carter et al described the MRFIT story:
it was observed that in the 9 clinics that predominately used HCTZ, mortality was 44% higher in the special intervention (SI) group compared with the usual care (UC) group.10 The opposite was true in the 6 clinics that predominately used chlorthalidone. The MRFIT Data Safety Monitoring Board changed the protocol near the end of the trial to exclusively use chlorthalidone. In the initial clinics that used HCTZ that had a 44% higher mortality in the SI group, the trend was reversed after the protocol was changed to chlorthalidone, and they then had a 28% lower risk (P=0.04 for comparison of coronary heart disease mortality at the 2 time periods).
Like sending out newsletters, in Podcasts (especially when you are the guest) once it is recorded, you own your words with no chance to edit them.

Give The Curbsiders a listen, I think you'll enjoy them.

Monday, March 13, 2017

NephMadness Twitter Participation

Here is a summary of the first four editions of #NephMadness



And here is where we stand today.


And on March 22: 600 participants is bonkers!




And on March 26: Closing in on 700 participants.

The release of the first round results caused another surge in Twitter use:


Medical Greek and Medical Latin

It all started with a simple tweet by @MDaware


Chris Carrol corrected him


And I piled on


As I was posting this I was thinking. Nephrology is Greek. What ever, no one will care. Yeah, right.



The reason I knew that nephrology is Greek goes back to the early days of the The Fluid and Electrolyte Companion. We were planning the book and Sarah Faubel and I wanted to have a lot of little icons for little interesting factoids for the book. Here is the key for what made the cut:

But in earlier versions we had a lot of other icons. And one of the ideas was to have an icon for medical Latin but quickly we found that most words we wanted to define were actually Greek. We created a Medical Greek Icon, but it didn't really work so we ended up using the light bulb. Here is an example of Medical Greek as found in the Book.

This is what the unused medical Latin icon looked like:




Tricks of the Trade: How to get rid of those red squiggly line

This came across my Tweet Stream:


We are honored to have the @ISNKidneyCare Social Media Task Force covering NephMadness. However the image needs some first-aid.

Up first is getting rid of those ugly black bars on the left and right.

Solution: Use ⌘⇧4 to get a selection cross hairs, drag across your target, release the mouse button, and presto.

Tricks of the Trade: screeen shots from joel topf on Vimeo.

Alternatively. Open the picture in Preview, select the target and press ⌘K to crop.

Tricks of the Trade: Cropping in Preview from joel topf on Vimeo.

The other problem are the names on this picture, everyone of them has the spelling squiglies under the names. Here the problem is that the screen shot was taken in editing mode The two solutions are to export the document to images or put the document in Show Mode and take the screen shot. Demo time:

Tricks of the trade getting red of squigglies from joel topf on Vimeo.





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