February 20th, 2008

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Good news!

On February 15th, at http://ozarque.livejournal.com/497851.html , I complained about a bureaucratic mess in medicine; I'm pleased to report that this is one mess that appears to have been tidied up. As follows...

From the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/news/recentnews.html#20080215

(February 15, 2008) -- OHRP Concludes Case Regarding Johns Hopkins University Research on Hospital Infections

Encourages Continuance of Work to Reduce Incidence of Catheter-Related Infections; Offers New Guidance for Future Research

"The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) -- part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- has concluded that Michigan hospitals can continue implementing a checklist to reduce the rate of catheter-related infections in intensive care unit settings (ICUs) without falling under regulations governing human subjects research. Dr. Kristina C. Borror, director of the office?s Division of Compliance Oversight, sent separate letters to the lead architects of the study, Johns Hopkins University and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, outlining findings and offering researchers additional guidance for future work. ... "

And if you scroll down on that same page to the announcement for January 15, 2008 -- OHRP Statement Regarding The New York Times Op-Ed Entitled "A Lifesaving Checklist" -- you'll find more information and links, including a link to the original medical journal article about the research.

Thanks once again to Andrew Tobias....
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Recommended link; breadmaking video...

A while back [see http://ozarque.livejournal.com/487560.html ], I posted a recommendation for a book on a way to make bread that I agree with its authors is revolutionary, and reported that I'd tried it and couldn't praise it enough. Since then, I've told you that my husband has been making it, which is yet another revolution. [In the sense that until this method came along, baking our bread had always been my job.]

Now, thanks to Wib Smith and CJ Stone, I can tell you that there's a video available with the authors of the book doing the breadmaking, at http://www.startribune.com/video/11967361.html .
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Personal note; weather...

I wanted to let you know that the weather poobahs are predicting sleet, ice, and freezing rain for us here -- for tonight, tomorrow, tomorrow night, and possibly the following morning. And they're using phrases like "90 percent"; it doesn't sound good.

If you don't hear from me for a day or two, or three, you'll know why....