Short Takes and Quick Consults

Today we’re launching a new feature on the blog called “Short Takes and Quick Consults” that will appear about once a week. Short Takes are highlights of recent medical events and health topics. Quick Consults are brief updates of stories we’ve written about before or previews of future posts.

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn suffered a bruise (contusion) of her shin that she reportedly treated with “painkillers” and soft cheese (Austrian topfen curd). The latter is a home remedy that is said to reduce swelling.

Lady Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) and Cyndi Lauper campaigned for safe sex and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness.

Passings Age Cause of Death
Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, best known for his 1979 hit “My Sharona” 57 Lung Cancer
Author of horse racing crime novels, Dick Francis 89 Natural causes
Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili 21 Olympic training accident
Reagan-era Texas politician Charlie Wilson, best known for opposing the Soviets in Afghanistan 76 Enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy)
Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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