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86% of Australian doctors report high rates of job satisfaction – see why

Posted: March 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

More than 80% of Australian doctors are moderately or very satisfied with their jobs, a national survey has found.

The survey, of 10?498 doctors, 19% of those who were contacted and eligible, found that 86% were moderately or very satisfied with their jobs, with no significant differences between GPs, specialists, and specialists in training. Hospital non-specialists were less satisfied.
The predictors of high professional satisfaction included:
– a good support network
– a household with a high income
– patients with realistic expectations w
– being able to take time off
– being younger or close to retirement
– having good self reported health.
Female GPs earn an average 25% less than their male counterparts and that GPs on average earn 32% less than specialists. The average annual pretax personal earnings of GPs and specialists were $US 180?000 and $US 316?570, respectively.
With Australia in the throes of national health reform, the researchers said that their findings set an important baseline for examining the effects of policy changes on doctors’ job satisfaction.
The survey was conducted between June and November 2008, before the Australian government announced its national health reform agenda.
The survey findings were published in the 3 January edition of the Medical Journal of Australia.
Twitter comments:
@gastromom (Meenakshi Budhraja): What are comparative figures in the US – 80% of Australian doctors report high rates of job satisfaction”
@PMillerMD (Philip Miller): 80% of Australian doctors report high rates of job satisfaction. / What is it in US? And if lower, why? I suspect payment morass.
@cotterj1 80% of Australian doctors report high rates of job satisfaction -> Explains why half the HSE docs are gone!
Australian doctors report high rates of job satisfaction. BMJ 2011; 342:d119 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d119 (Published 10 January 2011)
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Japan’s Kid Friendly Nuclear Explanation

Posted: March 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

If you’ve been watching the news recently, you most certainly know that Japan has quite a problem on their hands with their nuclear power plant they have been trying to cool down. One can only imagine what it must be like to live it and hear it all day, everyday since the quake. In an effort to educate and quell the fear among the kids that have to live through this terrible event, they made this funny video to help children understand what’s going on.  What better way to explain science than by equating the problem with certain bodily functions? I wonder how accurate the translations is, but the concept is simple and light. If I were a kid, this would most likely make me feel a bit better; hang in there kids!

[via huffingtonpost]

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Bodi Bill – Brand New Carpet

Posted: March 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Bodi Bill – Brand New Carpet from Sinnbus on Vimeo. Check out the anatomy at 0:27 and the floating heart at 1:00!  The whole video looks like a crazy dream.


[spotted by Fabian]

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Marathon Kids

Posted: March 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Marathon kids print ad puppets

Marathon kids print ad robot

The outdoor for your kids. The museum for their television programs.

Advertising Agency: LatinWorks, Austin, USA
Chief Creative Officer: Sergio Alcocer
Creative Director: Diego Castillo
Art Directors: Rob Casillas, Daslav Maslov
Copy: Diego Castillo
Account Director: Christy Kranik
Photographer: Sergio Celume
Retoucher: Inercia
Responsible for the Client: Joy Authur, Kay Morris
Production Manager: Steve Grill
Published: May 2010

[retrieved from Ads of the World]

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"Blood Work: Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution," Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Holly Tucker, Tomorrow Night at Observatory!

Posted: March 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Tomorrow night at Observatory! Very much hope to see you there.

Blood Work: Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
Lecture and Book Signing with Professor and Author Holly Tucker
Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 8 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

In 1667 physician Jean-Baptiste Denis transfused calf’s blood into the body of Antoine Mauroy, an infamous madman known to tear through the streets of Paris naked and screaming. With this, Denis–a brash physician with a taste for the limelight–enraged both the elite doctors who wanted to perform the first animal-to-human blood transfusion themselves and powerful conservatives who believed he was toying with forces of nature that he didn’t understand. It only got worse when just days after the experiment, Mauroy was dead, and Denis was framed for murder. A trial ensued and Denis became a kind of 17th century Dr. Kevorkian, a stubborn man of science who held the public spellbound and reveled in controversy.

Animal-to-human transfusion was then on the cutting-edge of medicine. In an era in which superstition sparred with science, transfusion was also a flashpoint for controversy. Conservative camps in Catholic France, including King Louis XIV’s Academy of Sciences, railed against transfusion and predicted that before long animal-human hybrids would walk among us. Ambitious scientists fumed at being held back by retrograde forces who would choke the progress of science. A confused public feared that they would be crushed by cosmic backlash or social upheaval.

Join us tonight as Dr. Tucker tells us this fascinating story of a notorious madman, a renegade physician, a murder that remained unsolved for over three centuries, and the true story one of the world’s first blood transfusions in 17th century France as detailed in her new book, Blood Work: Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution (W.W. Norton, March 2011).

Copies of Blood Work will be also available for sale and signing.

Holly Tucker is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health & Society and the Department of French & Italian. Her research focuses on the history of medicine. She writes for publications including the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and Christian Science Monitor. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find out more at her website, and her blog

You can find out more about the book by clicking here, and more about this event on the Observatory website by clicking here; you can access this event on Facebook here. You can get directions to Observatory–which is next door to the Morbid Anatomy Library (more on that here)–by clicking here. You can find out more about Observatory here, join our mailing list by clicking here, and join us on Facebook by clicking here.

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RasGrf1 Deficiency in Mice Causes a 20% Increase in Maximum Life Span

Posted: March 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

A recent open access paper from a Spanish research group outlines yet another methodology to add to the growing list of ways to increase healthy life span in mice. Progress is signified by diversity these days; there are, I think, more than twenty different demonstrated methods of bringing about meaningful extension of life in mice as of today.

RasGrf1 deficiency delays aging in mice:

We observed that mice deficient for RasGrf1-/- display an increase in average and most importantly, in maximal lifespan (20% higher than controls). This was not due to the role of Ras in cancer because tumor-free survival was also enhanced in these animals.

Aged RasGrf1-/- displayed better motor coordination than control mice. Protection against oxidative stress was similarly preserved in old RasGrf1-/-. IGF-I levels were lower in RasGrf1-/- than in controls. Furthermore, SIRT1 expression was increased in RasGrf1-/- animals. Consistent with this, the blood metabolomic profiles of RasGrf1-deficient mice resembled those observed in calorie-restricted animals.

Our observations link Ras signaling to lifespan and suggest that RasGrf1 is an evolutionary conserved gene which could be targeted for the development of therapies to delay age-related processes.

The results are similar to those noted for PAPP-A knockout mice – both longer lives and less cancer. At this stage it’s anyone’s guess as to whether many of these methodologies in fact operate through the same thicket of connections and mechanisms in mammalian biochemistry. Time, and further research, will tell.

RasGrf1 was mentioned here last year in connection with the intriguing bi-maternal mice:

mice artificially produced with two sets of female genomes have an increased average lifespan of 28%. Moreover, these animals exhibit a smaller body size, a trait also observed in several other long-lived mouse models. One hypothesis is that alterations in the expression of paternally methylated imprinted genes are responsible for the life-extension of bi-maternal mice. Considering the similarities in postnatal growth retardation between mice with mutations in the Rasgrf1 imprinted gene and bi-maternal mice, Rasgrf1 is the most likely culprit for the low body weight and extended lifespan of bi-maternal mice.

This latest work adds weight to the supposition quoted above.

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