At the AMA's latest House of Delegates meeting, the Ohio delegation introduced a resolution that the AMA should endorse the "Four Principles of Hand Awareness."
It's about time to educate the public because "there has not been a widely accepted, fun, memorable, multimedia approach reminding the public about the importance of hand washing/hand hygiene," the resolution stated. The four principles call for the public to wash their hands when they are dirty and before eating; to not cough into their hands; to not sneeze into their hands; and "above all, do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth."
The delegation reportedly didn't stop with just a paper campaign: An eight-foot yellow hand mascot made its way around the convention. The House of Delegates adopted the resolution and recommended that physicians work with schools to promote hand washing.
Protect the children
Somehow, someone in the Colorado delegation to the AMA's meeting thought it was necessary to make it official that the medical association condemns the use of children as soldiers and weapons of war and that the association officially and unequivocally condemns terrorism against civilians.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics states that 'governments that encourage or permit children to participate in violence to further political aims are practicing a form of societal abuse,"' the first resolution reads.
"The physicians of (the AMA) are responsible for the health and welfare of our patients' lives and are concerned for the lives of our fellow citizens in our nation and everywhere in the world," the next resolution reads. "The AMA stands with the U.S. government and all concerned people everywhere to condemn those who commit terrorism and cause loss of human life."
In the end, those resolutions were combined with several others, including one calling for President Bush to add a physician to the Office of Homeland Security.
That resolution makes sense.
As for the rest, did anyone really ever doubt that the AMA opposed terrorism?
Gas 'n go
Preventing colon cancer certainly is a noble cause, but we wonder whether gastroenterologist Jeffrey Aron, M.D., might have seen one too many episodes of "Beavis and Butt-Head."
Aron's new book, Gut-Check: Your Prime Source for Bowel Health and Colon Cancer Prevention, is a potty humor fan's dream, if the promotional materials are any indication.
According to a press release, "Gut-Check answers some of the most basic and frequently asked questions," including: "Is it alright (sic) to read on the toilet?" and "Which foods cause the most gas?"
Aron, with co-author and wife, Harriette, writes: "Sarah, a yoga instructor from Berkeley, is another interesting patient with an intriguing question. 'Dr. Aron, is it all right if I detox my system with a coffee enema? Everyone I know is doing it, and they say it's great for cleansing your body. What do you think?"'
We can't speak for the doctor, but we're feeling a little queasy right now.
Spam I am
Online medical transcription and records management service Scribe was purchased in December by a private investment group with experience running Internet-based businesses.
Investors Mark Boyce, John Weiss and Ken Wruk were founders of or senior management at the e-mail marketer Yesmail.com, formerly known as WebPromote.
They sold Yesmail in March 2000 but not before the company was targeted for inclusion on the Realtime Blackhole List, a register of alleged spammers--operations that clog the Internet with unsolicited bulk e-mail.
Yesmail did avoid the blacklist after going to court, though its new owners agreed in an August 2000 legal settlement to change the company's policy of requiring mail recipients to take the initiative to decline invitations to be added to specific mailing lists.
Weiss says the three entrepreneurs simply were looking for a new investment when they bought Scribe.