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Sick and tired: Online activists are silencing us, scientists say
"Scientists researching treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome say they face online abuse and harassment. Some are leaving the field. It’s a ‘new normal,’ they say, and patients may lose out."
research  culture  psychology  internet  trolling  medicine 
march 2019 by pw201
Henry Marsh’s “Do No Harm” - The New Yorker
The New Yorker looks at Henry Marsh, author of "Do No Harm".
books  surgery  medicine  brain  neurosurgery 
may 2015 by pw201
A&E in crisis: a special report - Telegraph
"As the NHS faces its worst winter in years, Robert Colvile provides an in-depth, first-hand account of the pressures facing the health service." Interesting: combination of people unable to see a GP quickly enough and hospitals unable to turf old people to social care quickly enough. Targets sometimes provide perverse incentives.
nhs  health  healthcare  medicine  hospital 
january 2015 by pw201
The Right Match: A Short Documentary - YouTube
"Drs. Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry are innovative researchers who connect the complexities of mathematics with the intricacies of organ transplantation." They came up with using graph theory and integer programming to match up reciprocal kidney donors (that is, where someone wants to donate to their family member but they aren't compatible, so they swap with another incompatible pair). These guys are also swing dancers, so this came via /r/SwingDancing.
transplant  graph  lindyhop  swing  medicine  kidney  mathematics  science 
november 2013 by pw201
The Course of Their Lives - JSOnline
A fascinating series of articles on the experiences of medical students dissecting a body during their training, interspersed with the reflections of someone leaving her body to the medical school. Via Mefi.
body  anatomy  death  medical-school  dissection  medicine 
october 2013 by pw201
Who By Very Slow Decay | Slate Star Codex
More excellent, harrowing stuff on the standard of end of life care and relatives who won't let go.
death  poetry  medicine  intensive-care  aging 
july 2013 by pw201
A doctor writes about the difficulties of dealing with obesity: dealing with a social problem, and applying epidemiology to individuals. Via Metafilter.
food  fat  obesity  medicine  health 
may 2013 by pw201
How Not to Die - Jonathan Rauch - The Atlantic
Many doctors aren't good at having "the Conversation". A doctor uses film to illustrate patients' options at the end of their lives.
film  ethics  death  health  medicine  intensive-care 
april 2013 by pw201
Peter Saul: Let’s talk about dying | Video on
"We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care -- and suggests two questions for starting the conversation."
intensive-care  ted  medicine  death 
december 2012 by pw201
Is Irish Law to blame for the death of Savita?
"In December 2010, the Irish government was told by the European Court of Human Rights to deal with exactly this kind of situation, either by making legislative changes or by issuing clear guidelines which acted to remove any and all ambiguities surround the question of when doctors are required to carry out terminations in order to save women’s lives.

To date, it has done nothing, largely, it seems, because Ireland’s anti-abortion lobby, and the Roman Catholic Church (naturally) have spent the last two years or so trying to shout down any notion that an abortion may be necessary to save a woman’s life in any circumstances.

What this sad case proves, definitively, is that they are lying and the real tragedy here is not just that a woman has died because they were lying but that woman has had to die, unnecessarily and in excruciating pain, to prove them wrong."
medicine  religion  catholicism  ireland  law  abortion 
november 2012 by pw201
A Life Worth Ending
"The era of medical miracles has created a new phase of aging, as far from living as it is from dying. A son’s plea to let his mother go."
dementia  medicine  parents  dying  death  aging 
may 2012 by pw201
Cancer is just as deadly as it was 50 years ago. Here's why that's about to change.
"We spoke to cancer experts to find out why the death rate from cancer hasn't changed in the past 50 years — and we learned how genetic therapies could transform cancer treatments tomorrow."
medicine  biology  science  genetics  cancer 
february 2012 by pw201
Fat Acceptance Movement. ||
kuro5hin is still alive: who knew? Anyway, this is a recent Diary entry from HollyHopDrive who discovered a bunch of Fat Acceptance blogs while looking for fitness information. Her division of what she found into stuff she agrees with and bullshit looks sound.
medicine  health  fat 
january 2012 by pw201
Infant male circumcision is genital mutilation | Martin Robbins | Science |
"Men should have the right to choose circumcision, not have the choice forced upon them. Infant circumcision without consent or immediate medical justification is an unjustified violation of basic human rights, that shares more in common with ancient coming-of-age rituals than responsible medical practice." Seems fair enough to me: the only reason we permit this is because of the common error of "respecting" religious opinions.
circumcision  medicine  surgery  genital-mutilation  religion  science 
december 2011 by pw201
How Doctors Die « Zócalo Public Square
Doctors are better at making end of life choices for themselves than they are for their patients, as they're often hamstrung by patients, families and "the system".
death  medicine  health  healthcare  ethics  dying  doctors  medical 
december 2011 by pw201
What "socalized healthcare" is really like
Not perfect, but pretty good at treating urgent stuff.
uk  nhs  health  medicine 
february 2011 by pw201
The Last Psychiatrist: Wakefield And The Autism Fraud-- The Other Part Of The Story
Wakefield's a fraud, but that's not the end of the story: why did it take so long to spot it?
science  peer-review  journalism  autism  mmr  wakefield  vaccine  vaccination  medicine 
january 2011 by pw201
YouTube - BBC Newsnight: UK Homeopathy Update 2011
Society of Homeopaths gets spanked on Newsnight, with a well deserved opportunity for revenge by Simon Singh.
homeopathy  quackery  medicine  science  simon-singh  Newsnight 
january 2011 by pw201
'In the middle of the operation, my colleague said he had to go – it was his home time' - Telegraph
"Senior doctor Tony Strong, 37, works an 80-hour week, despite a recent European ruling that it should be no more than 48." Mr Strong is against the European working time directive, but I'm not convinced that a return to knackered junior doctors treating patients is a good thing either.
law  medicine  europe  surgery  employment 
august 2010 by pw201
A Letter to Patients With Chronic Disease
"You scare doctors... We don’t want to face things we can’t fix because it shows our limits. We want the miraculous, and you deny us that chance."
chronic  doctors  medical  illness  medicine 
july 2010 by pw201
Preventing Lesbianism and "Uppity Women" in the Womb? No. | Focal Point | Big Think
That story that's been doing the rounds about about a pill to prevent your kid being a lesbian turns out to be bullshit.
homosexuality  medicine  science 
july 2010 by pw201
GMC | Determinations
The General Medical Council ruling on Dr Andrew Wakefield, where you can read why he was actually struck off (via Ben Goldacre).
medicine  mmr  uk  wakefield  andrew-wakefield  vaccine  vaccination  gmc 
may 2010 by pw201
Odds Are, It's Wrong - Science News
What goes wrong with the 5% significance level in scientific papers.
science  mathematics  maths  statistics  biology  medicine  bayes  bayesian 
march 2010 by pw201
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Homeopathic A&E
When someone comes in with a vague sense of unease or a touch of the nerves, or even just more money than sense, we'll be there for them, bottle of basically just water in one hand, and a huge invoice in the other.
homeopathy  medicine  satire  science  humour  video  funny  youtube 
july 2009 by pw201
The media’s MMR hoax
Ben Goldacre argues that Wakefield can't take all the blame for the MMR/autism hoax: the media who stirrded it up should have known better.
science  pseudoscience  medicine  badscience  autism  mmr  wakefield  andrew-wakefield  vaccination  vaccine  ben-goldacre 
august 2008 by pw201
HOWTO: Be a homeopathic bioterrorist
I'm shocked that this sort of information is freely available on the Internet. Why do you hate America?
homeopathy  woo-woo  terrorism  funny  satire  woo  health  medicine 
november 2007 by pw201
The end of homeopathy?
Homeopathy itself works as a placebo, but the homeopaths are gits.
homeopathy  pseudoscience  badscience  science  goldacre  medicine  evidence-based  quacks  quackery 
november 2007 by pw201
Rectifying, Redux
Funny doctor stories about people who "accidentally" got things stuck up their arses. You can can't beat this sort of thing for humour.
funny  medicine  arse 
june 2007 by pw201
badscience » Heroin On Prescription
An essay arguing that heroin should be available on prescription.
medicine  politics  science  heroin  drugs  health 
november 2006 by pw201
Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials -- Smith and Pell 327 (7429): 1459 -- BMJ
"As with many interventions intended to prevent ill health, the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomised controlled trials. Advocates of evidence based medicine have criticised the adoption of intervent
funny  humour  proof  medicine  parachute 
november 2006 by pw201
Edge: THANK GOODNESS! by Daniel C Dennett
Dennett thanks the goodness of many people, rather than God, for his survival after brush with death.
christianity  atheism  dennett  medicine  goodness  religion 
november 2006 by pw201

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