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Could birthdays predispose people to stroke and heart attacks? Apparently, the answer is yes. This frightening conclusion comes from a Canadian study that found more people were admitted to emergency departments on their birthday as a result of vascular events compared with the control conditions of asthma and appendicitis. The association was stronger if predisposing conditions such as hypertension were present (Neurology 2006 May 25; doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000217915.06 544.aa).
After last month's article on e-leaning, Eyespy was surprised to hear that doctors often show resistance to new technology, especially computer systems. Case study analyses of the implementation of computer information systems in three hospitals showed that the “implementers” themselves played an important part in whether the outcome was successful (CMAJ 2006;174: 1573-8). Implementation was successful when the implementers dealt with the real reasons underlying this resistance. Implementation failed when