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Emacs Tetris
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Optimize Emacs Tetris on Apple Terminal

Apple Emacs offers nostalgic arcade games, including Tetris. But the default game board is unplayable, being compressed sideways into a tall narrow rectangle. We illustrate how to: Square the tetriminos by adjusting the font in Terminal; manage the score buffer; and access a monochrome variant with circular pieces. Video games affect cognition: Tetris enlarges the caudate nucleus, but shrinks the hippocampus. Read the research on this emerging controversy.

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Pfizer Dance
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Tuum Est: Gabapentin Series

Our new Gabapentin Series is a journalistic exposé of deceptive Neurontin research. A real-life case illustrates Pfizer's symbiotic marketing strategy with GPs. The Early Clinical Trials and Phase IV Seeding Trial are probed. Gabapentin Watch catalogs the chaotic views found in top medical journals, consumer sources, and Regulatory Agencies. The original Gabapentin patent concedes its only action is soporific. Then Pfizer bought Parke-Davis, and the Neurontin Franchise was born …

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Plensa Sculpture
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Patient Satisfaction Survey: Internet ID Options

Jeffrey Segal retired his Gag Contract and now favors rating sites. Did he reinvent himself, or just become more artful? His Medical Justice malpractice plan is now tooled with a Patient Survey to collect reviews right at a clinic. Segal shamelessly coaches MDs to cherry-pick which patients to ask. Any review less than 5-star can get spiked. Segal avers: Your Account Manager studies every review you collect and if we catch something unfavorable, we'll notify you so you can take defensive action. Other wiles exist. Read our advice to patients …

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Medical Arts Building
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The Banknote Mill of Drs. Nayar, Khan, Dangor, and Datta

As house physicians at Whitecap Care Home, the Nayar group misused the health number of a resident, billing $2,892.00 for 134 appointments that never took place. The scam likely extended to 6 other residents, for a total fraud of $20,244. Things fell apart when a patient applied for her Statement of Practitioner Services and saw red flags: quantity; location paradoxes; and billing for non-urgent care on statutory holidays. Read Dr. Arun Nayar's confession and the MCIB Ruling …

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Cole / Mount Holyoke
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Canadian Law: Defence Cross-Examination of Witnesses

Zaor and The Queen: A defendant in a criminal case has the right to cross-examine witnesses during the Preliminary Inquiry. This holds even when the defendant has a lawyer. The judge said: An accused who is represented by counsel is entitled, if he wishes, to withdraw from counsel the normal mandate to examine or cross-examine witnesses so that he can cross-examine some or all of them himself. Other courts affirm Zaor. Parliament has not altered the CCC section on which it relies.

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Blueline Wheelchair Taxi
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Blueline Accessible Taxi: Hazardous for Wheelchairs & Scooters

People who rely on wheelchairs or scooters experience hazardous incidents from Wheelchair Accessible Taxis. Due to lack of training, or a dismissive attitude, taxi drivers are not properly securing the mobility device in the van. The passenger can become a projectile: either the person or their equipment gets damaged. A unique Saskatoon case: The driver of a Blueline Wheelchair Van surreptitiously turned off the electronic braking system of a scooter. The scooter shot down the ramp ...

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Clock Prague
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Blood Pressure Medicine: Wide Variance in Release Profile

Need BP medicine with 24-hour control? Your doctor selects a medicine, starts low, then titrates the dose upward until your blood pressure returns to normal. Usually, BP is measured at the optimum time, when serum levels of the drug are highest. But this over-simplifies human physiology. BP measurements should span a full day because the extended-release coating on a tablet may last merely 18 hours for name brands, and 12 hours for generic brands. Example: Felodipine (Plendil).

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Clock Prague
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Medical Satire: Medi-Caper

Treat yourself to this read: The agenda starts with donning some anonymous non-trendy clothes and withdrawing a cash stash, I plotted. After all, my chic coat might attract attention, and my customary banking procedures might end up blocked. Hopping into my Honda, I patted the dashboard lovingly. A full tank of gas would be a good idea, too. In darkness I ventured forth. Picking the right moment, I pedaled down hard and screamed towards the barrier – and confronted a MediCull door.”

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McGill Pain Scale

McGill Pain Index

Pain pioneers Wall and Melzack of McGill University developed a method to precisely pinpoint the quality and degree of a patient's pain. Their McGill Pain Questionnaire was so accurate and practical it became a worldwide standard. Next came the McGill Pain Index, a bargraph to quantify pain and remove subjectivity. On the Index, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy measures 42 out of a maximum 50. RSD is the most painful chronic disease known.

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Law:  Represent Yourself in Court

A Statement of Claim for malpractice must be filed within a strict limitation period. Another hurdle is a Motion to Strike your claim. A claim can legitimately be struck if it is unarguable in law, frivolous, or vexatious. If your claim is none of those, the MD may still use a Motion to Strike as a strategy to wear you down. Learn the concepts, precedents, and rules of court which form the bedrock of the claims process. Arrive in the courtroom armed with the knowledge to protect your claim.

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Canadian Medical Protective Association

The Canadian Medical Protective Association offers malpractice insurance to MDs. The CMPA defends doctors sued in civil court for negligence, and with equal vigor defends doctors charged under the Criminal Code for crimes ranging from financial fraud to felony assault. Led by John. E. Gray, the CMPA uses scorched earth tactics to vanquish patient complaints. But historical documents reveal a more disturbing trend: For a century the CMPA has been stacking the judicial bench.

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Police Shield

Rogue Police:  Sgt. James Bracken

An underage victim phoned Bracken under police supervision to tape his admission of assault. When the tape was played in Provincial Court, Bracken pleaded guilty. A former police officer, Bracken was sentenced to 9 months in prison; his DNA is on record; he is prohibited from owning firearms for 10 years; and he retired to evade Internal Affairs discipline. Witness his hollow remorse: After all this, Bracken still views vulnerability as an aphrodisiac, an invitation.

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Georgena S. Sil

Reflections

Wit and wisdom: Customer reviews, essays, humor that only patients can appreciate, and an escape into a world that is fair with puzzles. Sometimes the best writing one does is from a state of deep anger – such is the case with our favorites: First Seed (which doesn't show the anger) and Medi-Caper (which does). Webmaster and physicist Georgena S. Sil takes a special interest in the role of science in medicine. Watch for further developments on this site.

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Georgena S. Sil
Saskatoon, Canada
Physicist & Technical Writer
Alumnus: University of British Columbia
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