pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP
Hello, and welcome to Pediatric House Calls. I am… A Physician board certified in Pediatric medicine with Clinical experience including caring for infants, children and teens – well these days mostly children and teens up to twenty-one; An Administrator experienced in top medical management for several national health insurance companies; An Author of health care manuals, newspaper columns and even children's stories; A Business Medical Consultant for drug companies, insurance companies and
physician practices; A Veteran of the US Navy in the Vietnam era;
And… I make House-Calls.
It still seems early to be saying “Merry Christmas” but all the department stores have been trying to sell me another tinsel Christmas tree since before Halloween. I just thought that I’d make mention that the popular “Santa Tracker” website from Google is back open again for another year with information and games to keep the little ones interested—they’ve even spilled over onto Android with a couple of games. Refreshingly no commercial hype!
Even though nanobiotechnologists work with infinitesimally small things their results are anything BUT! Oded Shoseyov’s talk at TED showcased the state of the art in making “home-grown” body parts taking the best materials from both the animal and plant kingdoms and combining them into “super-materials” with greater strength and flexibility than either kingdom has on its own. Just Watch This!
How can technology help improve our quality of life? How can we navigate the world without using the sense of vision? Inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa, who’s been blind since the age of fourteen, is working on answering these questions. In a charming demo, she shows off some new technology that’s helping blind people explore the world ever more independently … because, she suggests, when we design for greater accessibility, everyone benefits.
I think I’ve said something like this before but today’s number 45 of the top 50 physicians making a lasting impact on the field of medicine is known by EVERY pediatrician in the world, and most other physicians too. But that’s the definition of “lasting impact” isn’t it.
In 1949 Dr. Virginia Apgar was the first female full professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 1953 went on to create what became known as the “Apgar score.” Read more →
I have to tell you I’m still pretty ticked-off finding out about this huge conflict of interest: Big Soda acting like Big Tobacco and the health-care industry falling for it! I’m not sure where I’ve been to not hear about this until now; but, thankfully, the American Academy of Pediatrics and a few others have already come clean and done the right thing! Read more →