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December 4, 2008

12:58
ScienceBlog's Millionth Comment Winner has Arrived in NYC! at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

I am sure you've all wondered what happened to ScienceBlogs' Millionth comment contest, you know, like who won and did she get to visit NYC and all that. So I am here to tell you that Peggy Kolm, our millionth comment winner, recently arrived in NYC and is

The Millionth Comment Contest Winner has landed at A Blog Around The Clock : Remember the Millionth Comment Contest? Remember that Peggy Kolm won it?Well, she is in NYCity now on her winner's trip and blogging about it. Stay tuned over there, as this is just the first of four days...Read the comments on this post...

11:02
My Beautiful Cervix, a cervical photo diary at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

A 25-year old doula and student midwife takes a picture of her cervix every day at 10pm for one month.Fascinating, and dare I say, it takes some kind of dedication to complete a project like this. (via Women's Health News)

The doula's cervix : above and beyond the call of duty at NHS Blog Doctor : The always reliable KevinMD recommends I visit a website entitled My beautiful cervix written by a Californian doula and student midwife. Im always game for a laugh and, without more, the word doulamakes me start to giggle. A "Californian doula..." well, too

09:30
No Such RUC - The New England Journal Takes on the Primary Care Crisis, Sort Of at Health Care Renewal

The vast amounts spent globally on health care do not seem to translate into access for many patients, quality care, and improved outcomes. The US, in particular, spends huge amounts, now more than $2 trillion a year, without getting universal access, or superb

New Options for Treating Low Libido in Post-Menopausal Women at GNIF Brain Blogger : Testosterone levels in women decline with age, beginning in the late reproductive years. This can lead to a decrease in sexual desire and satisfaction. However, to date, there are few treatment options for this condition. Most studies and treatment options

Salt and Lead at The Frontal Cortex : Nicholas Kristof has an important column on the link between iodized salt and IQ in developing countries:Almost one-third of the world's people don't get enough iodine from food and water. The result in extreme cases is large goiters that swell their necks,

08:59
MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 at Emergiblog

MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

Carnivalia at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) : Wow, this is a truly unexpected honor: one of my essays was chosen by the "MetaCarnival." This blog carnival seeks to bring together the best of the blogosphere by sampling the diverse topics collected in the carnival format. Read the comments on this post...

vadlo at ScienceRoll : Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2009 (Digital Pathology Blog): For the third year in a row, Cleveland Clinic doctors and consultants have picked the medical innovations they think will rise to the top next year.MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 (Emergiblog):

Today's carnivals at A Blog Around The Clock : MetaCarnival: Volume One, Number 2 is up on EmergiblogRead the comments on this post...

08:49
Choose Java for Speed at Depth-First

O'Boyle and Hutchison offer some interesting comparisons between Open Source cheminformatics toolkits in a recent Chemistry Central article. One of them is contained in the table above, in which the Java cheminformatics library CDK outperforms both the natively-compiled

Who says Java is not fast?!? at chem-bla-ics : While performance tests actually show that for even core numerical calculations Java is at par with C in terms of speeds, and sometimes even hits Fortran-like speeds, people keep think that Java is not fast. I only invite you to test that yourself.Meanwhile,

08:25
Marketing Causes Death: the Link Between Black Friday and Black Boxes at Pharma Marketing Blog

AdvertisingAge reports: "Security should have been better, but advertising also helped kill a temporary worker at Wal-Mart, according to a lawsuit filed by the estate and relatives of the 34-year-old man trampled by a pre-dawn Black Friday crowd at a Valley

Is faster better? at PharmaGossip : There are concerns that pressures on regulators to approve new drugs more quickly have reduced the focus on patient safety, and this problem is exacerbated by new efficiencies in drug marketing which can quickly expose large numbers of patients to unknown risks,

08:14
Freaks of Nature and Bridgeless Gaps at The Panda's Thumb

Readers from waaaay back may recall an event I helped out with a few years ago, bringing together scientists, philosophers, and our resident IDist to discuss evolution and intelligent design. One of the speakers was University of Iowa professor Mark Blumberg,

Freaks of Nature and Bridgeless Gaps at Aetiology : Readers from waaaay back may recall an event I helped out with a few years ago, bringing together scientists, philosophers, and our resident IDist to discuss evolution and intelligent design. One of the speakers was University of Iowa professor Mark Blumberg,

08:02
Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008 at Slashdot: Science

krou writes "The Big Picture blog is running a Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar, where for the 25 days (it started on the 1st of December), a new photo will be revealed from the Hubble Space Telescope."Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Hubble’s Advent on The Big Picture at Bad Astronomy Blog : The Big Picture (the Boston Globe’s high-res photo feature) has a new idea: an advent calendar using Hubble pictures! Every day, TBP will post a new Hubble image with a brief explanation, leading up to Christmas.TBP’s proprietor, Alan Taylor, had

08:00
Doctor Performs Amputation By Text Message at Slashdot: Science

Peace Corps Online writes "Vascular surgeon David Nott performed a life-saving amputation on a boy in DR Congo following instructions sent by text message from a colleague in London. The boy's left arm had been ripped off and was badly infected and gangrenous;

Shoulder amputation, instructions via text message at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Incredible story of a British surgeon in Africa.Not having amputated a shoulder before, the surgeon in the Republic of Congo was advised by his UK-based colleague via text message while carrying out the dangerous procedure.The situation was dire indeed: "We

07:59
Going (pro)Rogue at Bayblab

With a recent election overshadowed by Obamamania to our south, the Canadian government decided to draw some attention to itself with a recent parliamentary crisis. In that election, the Conservative Party earned more seats than any other single party, but

Kill Him, Kill Him Dead at Sandwalk : These are interesting times in Canada. We recently re-elected the Conservative Party as the party with the most seats in Parliamentbut not a majority. That means Stephen Harper becomes Prime Minister of a minority government. What this normally means is that

07:49
BAKE FOR A CHANGE 2008: GAME ON! at The Science Creative Quarterly

Or can I just call it BFAC2008? Anyway, for those of you who have an annual tradition of putting together a gingerbread house, why not do it this year with a sustainability twist? That's right! Bake for a Change is a contest where you, as the submission details

Bake for a Change 2008: Game on! at The World's Fair : Or can I just call it BFAC2008? Anyway, for those of you who have an annual tradition of putting together a gingerbread house, why not do it this year with a sustainability twist? That's right! Bake for a Change is a contest where you, as the submission details

06:45
CNN screws the pooch at Pharyngula

As part of an ongoing program of reducing their relevance and demolishing their credibility, CNN has just completely shut down their Science, Space and Technology unit. Who needs good science coverage, after all, since nothing important happens in that area…and

Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry : CNN is shutting down their science-and-technology unit. Not that it was much of a unit considering there was only one reporter:CNN has decided to shutter its science and technology unit -- a move that will result in the loss of seven jobs including veteran

05:52
Praying for Economic Recovery at Dispatches from the Culture Wars

Yes, it's another one of those Worldnutdaily "exclusives," which as always means the article is so stupid no one else would consider publishing it:Internet evangelist and host of LivePrayer Bill Keller is petitioning President Bush and Congress to designate

Pray for the economy at Rev. BigDumbChimp : Oh yeah this will work.Internet evangelist and host of LivePrayer Bill Keller is petitioning President Bush and Congress to designate Dec. 18 as a national day of prayer and fasting for the economy. Despite several government attempts to revive a slumping national

05:00
Thanks for the memories HM at Mind Hacks

The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

Seeya H.M.! at Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog : Arguably the most important and certainly the most famous single case study patient in Psychology and Neuroscience passed away on Tuesday December 2nd. H.M. as he was known to probably every student of Psychology can now be revealed as Henry G. Molaison, 82,

We Won't Forget You at The Neurocritic : The famous amnesic patient H.M. has died. From Dr. Suzanne Corkin (MIT):Henry G. Molaison, 82, of Windsor Locks, CT died on Tuesday. He is known in the medical and scientific literatures as "the amnesic patient, H.M." He was born in Manchester, CT and graduated

03:50
Dyson spheres and Fermi paradox at Lubo Motl's reference frame

Let me postpone the serious part of this posting. ;-)As you know, we are surrounded by extraterrestrial aliens. The Drake equation proves that the intelligent life must arise almost everywhere. However, we haven't seen any extraterrestrial friends yet. The

No Dyson Spheres Found Yet at Cosmic Variance : In 1960, Freeman Dyson proposed an audacious form that future technology might take: the Dyson Sphere. It’s a simple idea, once you stop thinking in terms of “I wonder how that could be done?” and start thinking along the lines of “I

If Wishes Were Horses We'd All Be Eatin' Steak at Uncertain Principles : There's a kind of tradition in theoretical physics of wacky "what if" papers. The whole "wormhole" thing is an example of this in action-- somebody noticed that the structure of General Relativity would allow you to make tunnel-like structures between points

03:39
You = a bloom of fertilizer runoff at Gene Expression

An interesting paper published today examines the intestinal flora of twins who are either obese or lean in an effort to learn something about the contribution of microbes to human weight. One finding is that obese people tend to have less diverse "microbiomes",

Nibbles: Wikiforts, Super-rape, Gut microbiome, Soybeans, Golf courses, Chestnuts, Rice, Yeast at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog : Wiki for African forest information. Go, make it multilingual, fill in the gaps, use it.Canola (rape) desalinates, gives fuel and enriched fodder. Jeremy comments: “I’m a tad skeptical.” Diversity of intestinal flora good for your figure.

02:22
Send us your diversity at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Rather than just complaining about how the rest of the natural world fails to give agricultural biodiversity due respect, I decided to bring them all here to see for themselves. My cracking wheeze: host Linnaeus’ Legacy, “A monthly carnival celebrating

Linnaeus' Legacy for December at Catalogue of Organisms : Yeep - what with one thing and another, I haven't gotten around to putting up notice of the upcoming Linnaeus' Legacy carnival. Thankfully, Jeremy, who is hosting the carnival, is a lot more on the ball than I am. So get your posts in to him via jcherfas at

00:12
Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled at Slashdot: Science

via Medgadget I was made aware of the PalmPistol, a single-shot 9mm weapon apparently intended for contact-wound distance self defense.  One of their marketing focuses is for the disabled, with amputations, arthritis, etc.Images from the PalmPistol website. The

PalmPistol is now an FDA recognized medical device at GruntDoc : via Medgadget I was made aware of the PalmPistol, a single-shot 9mm weapon apparently intended for contact-wound distance self defense.  One of their marketing focuses is for the disabled, with amputations, arthritis, etc.Images from the PalmPistol website. The

December 3, 2008

22:00
More rest for the weary residents at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Getty ImagesLess work for residents would mean higher quality care. Less work for residents would mean higher quality care. Today’s medical residents are still too tried and need more breaks.“The science is clear - long hours without the opportunity

Resident work hours at DB's Medical Rants :  One of the first hot issues on Medrants (over 6 years ago) was the change in residency work hours.  Recently the IOM has had a committee looking further at this issue.  The report is out with some surprises and some new problems.  Expert

Hospitalists and the importance of the patient-doctor interaction at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : With the advent of hospitalists, patients have to interact with more doctors than ever. This means physicians may be unfamiliar with their patients. Too often however, doctors look past this fact and rush the initial visit, especially in the hospital.Moreso,

Medical residents need more sleep at Science Blog - Think. It's not illegal yet. : A new report from the Institute of Medicine proposes revisions to medical residents' duty hours and workloads to decrease the chances of fatigue-related medical errors and to enhance the learning environment for these doctors in training.read more

Medical Residents Need More Breaks To Prevent Errors at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Getty ImagesLess work for residents would mean higher quality care. Less work for residents would mean higher quality care. Today’s medical residents are still too tried and need more breaks.“The science is clear - long hours without the opportunity

21:00
Health Care at Home and Abroad at Andrew Jaffe: Leaves on the Line

By far the best article I've read about the British healthcare system, appeared this morning... in the New York Times. It discussed the NHS's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the organization that rations pharmaceuticals in the

links for 2008-12-04 at Uncertain Principles : Back to Reality - Olivia Judson Blog - NYTimes.com"President-elect Obama already has a long to-do list. But here's another item for it: to restore science in government."(tags: science politics us blogs)Built on Facts : Gas in a (very small) box.Air