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Is herd immunity a thing? Can vaccinated people get sick? — Asked by Anonymous

Herd immunity exists and it is well documented. In fact, there is a brilliant animation created by the Harvard Medical School that explains this process.

Vaccinations help prime your body to fight off a specific infection. However, it usually takes a few weeks for your body to create a reserve of immune cells for when you next encounter the infection again. Therefore, if you were infected just before or after receiving the vaccine, you might still get sick because the vaccine did not have ample time to provide any protection.

A summary of how vaccines work is available through the CDC.

Xanax from New in Town by John Mulaney.

Over the weekend, I discovered this hilarious bit by comedian John Mulaney about trying to procure Xanax and it still makes me grin. I would recommend listening to some of his other material as well.

Does Cauterizing A Wound Really Work? by The Medicine Journal.

Bohemian Polypharmacy sung by Aivia, concept by Dr. James McCormack.

James McCormack is a doctor of pharmacy who is well known in Canada for his work in the Therapeutics Initiative, an independent party separate from the government and the pharmaceutical industry aiming to provide evidence-based information on drug therapy.

He is perhaps lesser known for his other side projects, one of which includes making parody music videos surrounding the world of medicine and medications.

In this video, he tackles the topic of polypharmacy.

Pandemic.

Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann and his team have created a simulation for a pandemic with similar characteristics as the 2009 swine flu. The crux of any pandemic is the rate of transmission. In today’s globalized world, the potential of swift and rapid transmission has never been greater.

In this video, the team simulates an index case in Atlanta before making its way around the globe.

Read more here…

Opiophobia by LIFE Before Death.

The fear of dependence and addiction to opioids is something I have routinely faced on the ward in the past year. On this rotation, this fear can be magnified multiple folds. It is up to both the patient and the team to work together to find methods to control pain that respects the patient’s wishes.

Check out LIFE Before Death's YouTube channel for other video clips from their full-length film.

The Royal Institution's Advent Calendar: Explore the Human Genome

Geneticist Aoife Mclysaght introduces the Ri advent calendar 2013, a video journey through the human genome. Starting with the largest human chromosome - chromosome 1 - Aoife explores how genes are organised and how genetic information is passed from one generation to the next.

A team led by Brent Ponce, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, performed one of the first surgeries using virtual augmented reality technology, developed at UAB, and Google Glass—a giant leap for practical telemedicine. 

Climate Change: the State of Science by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.

I generally do not post beyond the field of medicine but this video is an important reminder about our responsibility towards not only population health but also planetary health. We all have a place on this Earth and to make our impact on this planet sustainable. As we enter the anthropocene era, where human influence directly affects and shapes the course of the planet, our health outcomes will become intertwined together. 

Resection of an Oligodendroglioma. (Not Safe for Work)

Charles Trippy, a YouTube personality recently underwent brain surgery to resect an oligodendroglioma, a type of brain cancer. While there is not a step-by-step explanation of the process, it is a worthwhile video to observe what the process of surgery looks like. In this case, part of the surgery is done while conscious to ensure that neurological, motor, and sensory function is preserved.