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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 board size is a compressed tall rectangle, making the game unplayable. We illustrate how to: Square the tetriminos by adjusting the font in Terminal preferences; 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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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 among 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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Patient Satisfaction Survey: Internet ID Options

Dr. 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 …

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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 in Saskatoon, 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 including excess appointments; 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: In a criminal case, the defendant has the right to personally cross-examine witnesses during the Preliminary Inquiry. This holds even when the defendant has a lawyer. The judge ruled: 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 question 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 Accessible Taxi: Hazardous for Wheelchairs & Scooters

People who rely on wheelchairs or scooters experience hazardous incidents from Wheelchair Accessible Taxis. Due to poor 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, your BP is measured at the optimum time, when serum levels of the blood-pressure 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. An example is Felodipine (Plendil)

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Medical Satire: Medi-Caper

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