"From 2000 to 2020, the grabbiest new role is that of zombie. This popularity raises a disquieting, not to say humiliating, question: Why should we let TV producers play a role in our self-formation? After all, we know TV shows exist to sell products or subscriptions to Netflix. But if not from television or the movies, where are we supposed to get the roles we play to fill the fleeting days of our lives? Are we expected to be able just to tear them out of our brains, like zombies?"
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative; with intimate stories about contemporary patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, to the brink of lasting cures.
BJU Int. 2015 Apr 24. doi: 10.1111/bju.13157. [Epub ahead of print]
Physical activity as a risk factor for prostate cancer diagnosis: a prospective biopsy cohort analysis.
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In the pursuit of scientific discovery, where is the line between alternative therapies and "quackademic" medicine?
- ALAN LEVINOVITZ
- APR 23, 2015
"One need not even look beyond the walls of Oz’s own university. Woodson C. Merrell, an assistant professor at Columbia Medical School and executive director of Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Center for Health and Healing, lists homeopathy as one of his clinical interests—despite a scientific consensus that homeopathy is inconsistent with some of the basic laws of chemistry and physics.
Indeed, a vocal minority of physicians and scientists have long claimed that Dr. Oz is a symptom, not the problem. Most prominent among them are the Yale neurologist Steven Novella and the Wayne State University surgical oncologistDavid Gorski, who refer to the problem as “quackademic medicine.” For Novella and Gorski, the concern is not merely that people will waste money on homeopathic sugar pills or fruitless miracle diets. They emphasize that Dr. Oz and universities alike endanger public health by legitimating alternative medical traditions such as naturopathy and chiropractic. This, in turn, can lead people to reject standard medical care. Vaccination is a classic case: Though most people are unaware of it, the official position of the American Chiropractic Association supports “providing an alternative elective course of action regarding vaccination.” Similarly, the New York University medical ethicist Arthur Caplan expresses concern that naturopaths—who practice an unstandardized mix of therapies including traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, iridology, and reiki— routinely grant vaccine exemptions, and are licensed to do so in 17 states."
"But the ride-hailing companies, which use smartphone apps to connect passengers and drivers, have avoided doing fingerprint checks of drivers, and that rankles officials like Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, sponsor of HB 225, which came to be known as the "Uber" bill even though it applies to all companies.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Apr 24;9(4):e0003748. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003748. eCollection 2015.
Feasey NA1, Gaskell K2, Wong V3, Msefula C4, Selemani G2, Kumwenda S5, Allain TJ6, Mallewa J4, Kennedy N6, Bennett A7, Nyirongo JO6, Nyondo PA6, Zulu MD6, Parkhill J3, Dougan G3, Gordon MA8, Heyderman RS9.
Fam Med. 2015 May;47(5):378-82.
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PLoS One. 2015 Apr 24;10(4):e0124043. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124043.
Clinical outcomes in patients with a diagnosis of "indefinite for dysplasia" in Barrett's esophagus: a multicenter cohort study
Endoscopy. 2015 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print]
Clinical outcomes in patients with a diagnosis of "indefinite for dysplasia" in Barrett's esophagus: a multicenter cohort study.
Sinh P1, Anaparthy R1, Young PE2, Gaddam S3, Thota P4, Balasubramanian G1, Singh M1, Higbee AD1, Wani S5, Gupta N6, Rastogi A1, Mathur SC7, Bansal A1,Horwhat JD8, Cash BD2, Falk GW4, Lieberman DA9, Vargo JJ4, Sampliner RE10, Sharma P1.
"This is interesting from Paul Krugman. He describes Chris Christie’s idea of raising the qualifying age for Social Security as a “zombie idea.” Something that is, or at least should be, long dead but one that still stalks the night. This is something I find fascinating as I was originally convinced of the merits of the idea by Krugman’s sometime collaborator Brad Delong. Delong’s explanation of why we should raise the Social Security qualifying age seeming to me to be very good economics indeed."
Int J Health Policy Manag. 2015 Apr 17;4(5):265-6. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2015.85.
Perceiving Political Polarization in the United States: Party Identity Strength and Attitude Extremity Exacerbate the Perceived Partisan Divide
Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar;10(2):145-158.