Thursday, February 16, 2012

Snot Funny

Awesome nose image found here. 

So this little item is not even remotely Sjogren's related but was too good not to share.

I'm sure y'all know that I receive regular updates about ongoing and published health studies. I find research topics fascinating, irregardless of their relationship to autoimmunity.

Call me weird. It's true.

So I was reading the results of this study, published in JAMA conducted by Jane M. Garbutt, MBChB; Christina Banister, BA; Edward Spitznagel, PhD; and Jay F. Piccirillo, MD; and which looked at treatments for sinusitis.

MedPage Today Primary Care had this to say about the study:

Antibiotics won't chase away patients' sniffles any faster than watchful waiting, researchers found.
In a randomized trial, patients with acute rhinosinusitis had no differences in symptoms or quality of life three days after starting on amoxicillin compared with patients who received a placebo instead, Jay Piccirillo, MD, of Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"It provides further evidence for what we've really suspected for a long time -- that in the management of patients with acute sinusitis, antibiotics do not convey any additional benefit," Piccirillo said in The JAMA Report

Nothing earth shattering there. But read this:
Patients were given either a 10-day course of amoxicillin (1,500 mg/day) or placebo at three doses per day. Their symptoms and disease-specific quality of life -- as measured by the Sinonasal Outcome Test (SNOT-16) -- were assessed during their 10 days of treatment.
Are you kidding me? The SNOT-16 OUTCOME assessment? Of sinus and nasal drainage? (among other indicators, but still...)

I had to think, Wait. Is it April Fool's day? Nope. Did I read this correctly? Yup. SNOT? SNOT?


I cannot believe that some researcher actually came up with this acronym without snorting and giggling. "Har har....just wait 'till they read this... snicker snicker snicker."

Yuk it up, guys. Good one.

Now get back to work.


Laura said...

LOVE IT! Someone had a great sense of humor to come up with that one.

annie said...

Funny coincidence...this article appeared in my local newspaper today. I concur with Laura...someone has a great sense of humor..SNOT??

Anonymous said...

Clearly you're not very familiar with medical research since TONS of studies come up with clever acronyms, especially in the title--helps make them more memorable.

Julia Oleinik said...

Pshaw, Anonymous. I've been reading medical studies with a fair amount of comprehension ever since I sat for my Registered Nurse boards back in 1978.

Instead of deleting your snide little comment, which I -- being the POWERFUL blog author that I am, mwahahahahah -- could do with one keystroke, I will issue you a challenge.

Clever, yep. Seen them. Memorable? A zillion. But belly-laugh hilarious?

Not many, in my opinion.

So. Put up or shut up, c'mon, I dare you, Anonymous. Post one funnier than SNOT - 16 in the comments. AND a link that proves it's authenticity to a reputable source.

Funny - ness judge will be me and the judge's results will be final.

stephanie said...

Seriously, anonymous? Be nice to our Julia, for pete's sake. "Clearly" you don't know her well enough.