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The Quest: How To Get A Medical Librarian To Do Your Search For Free

In my last blog post, I said one of the things I like so much about MedlinePlus (a service of the National Library of Medicine, or NLM) is that "the medical librarians at the NLM have already done a lot of the heavy lifting for you." I thought I'd give more detail about what I [...]..

March 31, 2014 — Christine Gorman
Fighting Cholera With Mass Vaccination

Fighting Cholera With Mass Vaccination

When studying bacteria it is quite easy to get fascinated with them as a laboratory specimen while forgetting the huge impact they can have in real life societies.

March 30, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Science, Comics, and Adventure!

Science, Comics, and Adventure!

When I was a science teacher, I was always on the lookout for narrative stories that revolve around science. Our brains are wired to learn from stories, after all, so I was always astounded by the scarcity of good science-y stories...

March 28, 2014 — Katie McKissick
Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

I get tired, now and then, of being such a sourpuss–a Debbie Downer, as my girlfriend calls me, always complaining about something. The wrongness of drone strikes and neuro-weapons research, the downside of psychiatric drugs and tests for cancer, hype about optogenetics and deep brain stimulation and theories of cosmic creation...

March 28, 2014 — John Horgan
Statistical Flaw Punctuates Brain Research in Elite Journals

Statistical Flaw Punctuates Brain Research in Elite Journals

Neuroscientists need a statistics refresher. That is the message of a new analysis in Nature Neuroscience that shows that more than half of 314 articles on neuroscience in elite journals   during an 18-month period failed to take adequate measures to ensure that statistically significant study results were not, in fact, erroneous...

March 27, 2014 — Gary Stix

China-India Smog Rivalry a Sign of Global Menace

Air pollution kills around 7 million people every year, accounting for one in eight deaths worldwide, according to a report from the World Heath Organization (WHO) released March 25.

March 26, 2014 — Angel Hsu & Jason Schwartz
Serving size swaps: a research perspective

Serving size swaps: a research perspective

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration proposed changing Nutrition Facts labels to make serving sizes reflect what people actually eat.

March 24, 2014 — Julianne Wyrick

The Disease Prevention Illusion: A Tragedy in Five Parts

Act I: An ounce of “prevention.” “Prevention is better than cure.” Aphorisms like this go back a long way. And most of our dramatic triumphs against disease come from prevention: clean water, making roads and workplaces safer, antiseptic routines in hospital, reducing smoking, immunization, stemming the spread of HIV...

March 23, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Why the new NIH guidelines for psychiatric drug testing worry me

Psychiatric drugs have always been a black box. The complexity of the brain has meant that most successful drugs for treating disorders like depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder were discovered by accident and trial and error rather than rational design...

March 21, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
A Tired Game of Telephone: Scientists, Reporters, Pundits and Politics

A Tired Game of Telephone: Scientists, Reporters, Pundits and Politics

  In going after CDC study, Reuters report misrepresents WIC experts, their research. The Press Release That Started it All In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association on obesity prevalence that concluded: "Overall, there have been no significant changes in obesity [...]..

March 20, 2014 — Patrick Mustain
My TED Talk is Live! The Birds and the Bees are Just the Beginning…

My TED Talk is Live! The Birds and the Bees are Just the Beginning…

I was invited to speak at TED Global in Edinburgh last June based on a web series that I wrote and starred in called `Wild Sex'. The series took a bold and unapologetic approach to the topic of the evolutionary biology of sex, and our vision was very well received...

March 20, 2014 — Carin Bondar
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