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December 9, 2008

01:13
BLOGSCAN - Insuring the Right to Buy Health Insurance at Health Care Renewal

On the Covert Rationing Blog, DrRich discussed the latest amazing product from our friends at UnitedHealth. Called Continuity, it allows people who are currently healthy to buy the right to buy health insurance in the future, presumably at a time when they

Freelancers Union Takes Health Insurance In-House at WSJ.com: Health Blog : For years, Freelancers Union has provided health coverage to thousands of self-employed workers, particularly in New York, where you can’t ride the subway for long without seeing one of the group’s clever ads. The nonprofit organization has wielded

December 8, 2008

22:00
Further thoughts on work hours at DB's Medical Rants

 I too did not like staying up all night.  During my residency I became very good at getting at least 2 hours of sleep while on call.  I have always encouraged my housestaff to take naps.I could live with 16 hour shifts, but we would need more

Would you want a tired doctor who knows you, or a rested one that doesn't? at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : That's question the work-hour restrictions are forcing patients to face.Internist Robert Centor brings up some good points about the simplistic way about how residents are forced to rest.Are hospitals going to step up to the plate and pay for the extra staff

19:04
Immaculate perception at Mind Hacks

Oh pareidolia. I mean I understand seeing something that maybe looks like something else in the clouds or one time I accidentally peeled an orange that looked like a penis. But thinking that there is something actually significant and spiritually meaningful

Pareidolia at The Neurocritic : First, there was the Jesus toast and the Virgin Mary grilled cheese.1Then there was the Virgin Mary rock.The Virgin Mary Tree.The Jesus x-ray.And now Our Blessed Lady of the Cerebellum (originally reported by Mind Hacks).Pareidolia is the phenomenon of perceiving

Religion on the brain - literally at Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog : Oh pareidolia. I mean I understand seeing something that maybe looks like something else in the clouds or one time I accidentally peeled an orange that looked like a penis. But thinking that there is something actually significant and spiritually meaningful

14:39
How different are gene expression levels between Europeans and Africans? at Gene Expression

Effects of cis and trans Genetic Ancestry on Gene Expression in African Americans:ariation in gene expression is a fundamental aspect of human phenotypic variation, and understanding how this variation is apportioned among human populations is an important

A visual display of biological and social race at Dienekes' Anthropology Blog : This is as clear display of the difference between biological and social race.Populations from the three major human biological races (European Americans from Caucasoids, Yoruba from Negroids, Japanese/Chinese from Mongoloids) are clearly separable, with no

Gene expression, African Americans & Europeans at Gene Expression : Effects of cis and trans Genetic Ancestry on Gene Expression in African Americans:ariation in gene expression is a fundamental aspect of human phenotypic variation, and understanding how this variation is apportioned among human populations is an important

14:00
Should hospitals use Twitter to follow patients? at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Many U.S. hospitals are already on Twitter but most of them use it as a one-way channel. They just "push" updates to the followers without replying or making favorites to share with others.Is this the best way to use Twitter?Is it "creepy" if a hospital follows

tripanswers at ScienceRoll : Twitter is a microblogging tool that allows us to post 140 charachter-long messages and we do have a huge medical community there so it’s quite easy to ask medical questions and get relevant answers from doctors from around the world.TripAnswers is a

How Should Hospitals Use Twitter? at Clinical Cases and Images - Blog : Many U.S. hospitals are already on Twitter but most of them use it as a one-way channel. They just "push" updates to the followers without replying or making favorites to share with others.Is this the best way to use Twitter?Is it "creepy" if a hospital follows

13:58
2008-12-05 Spike activity at Mind Hacks

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:Neurophilosophy discusses a newly discovered form of synaesthesia - touch-emotion synaesthesia.Psychological highlights from the most recent Society for Neuroscience conference are collected by the BPS Research

The fate of an honest intellectual at Information Processing : Good thing I am not as courageous as Norman Finkelstein. I do remember the Sokal hoax, though :-) See academic trends in pictures for more fun! The basic lesson deserves emphasis: most people -- even intellectuals, professors and, yes, scientists -- are not

13:55
Year-in-review meme 2008. at Adventures in Ethics and Science

It's that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. Here is last year's entry. Rules are simple - post the first line of the first post for every month. I've omitted my Monday Mustelid, Today In Science and Friday Poem (semi-)regular

Twelve Months of A Blog Around The Clock at A Blog Around The Clock : Thanks to DrugMonkey for the reminder. We do this meme every year in December - the only rule is to "post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year." Here we go (ClockQuotes are usually the first post of the day and

Twelve months of Terra Sig (2008) at Terra Sigillata : Brothers Bora and Drug reminded me that it is time for the early December traditional meme of recording one's first sentence of each month's first post.Just as an aside, on my visit with this week with Anton and Bora to Ernie Hood's Radio In Vivo show to promote

Oh December-meme, December-meme... at Laelaps : All the cool kids were doing it, so I had to join in, too. [For those playing the home game, select the first sentence from the first post of each month and post the lot. I decided to include the first photo of each month, too.]January - "I have a secret"I

End of Year Roundup at Stranger Fruit : It's that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. Here is last year's entry. Rules are simple - post the first line of the first post for every month. I've omitted my Monday Mustelid, Today In Science and Friday Poem (semi-)regular

13:55
Month first line meme at Evolving Thoughts

It's that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. Here is last year's entry. Rules are simple - post the first line of the first post for every month. I've omitted my Monday Mustelid, Today In Science and Friday Poem (semi-)regular

Oh December-meme, December-meme... at Laelaps : All the cool kids were doing it, so I had to join in, too. [For those playing the home game, select the first sentence from the first post of each month and post the lot. I decided to include the first photo of each month, too.]January - "I have a secret"I

End of Year Roundup at Stranger Fruit : It's that time of the year again, the time to complete the end of year blog meme. Here is last year's entry. Rules are simple - post the first line of the first post for every month. I've omitted my Monday Mustelid, Today In Science and Friday Poem (semi-)regular

13:12
Science Commons - Making the web work for science at business|bytes|genes|molecules

“Scientists are the ultimate remixers”Those are words in a new video released by Science Commons. The video aims to highlight the Science Commons mission and why a scientific commons is important. The video is pretty slick, and comes from Jesse

ouroboros at Ouroboros : Science Commons has just released its first informational video, as part of the Creative Commons Annual Fundraising Campaign. It’s pretty slick — directed by Jesse Dylan (of Obama campaign video fame) and with music from will.i.am of the Black Eyed

Science Commons - Making the web work for science at business|bytes|genes|molecules : “Scientists are the ultimate remixers”Those are words in a new video released by Science Commons. The video aims to highlight the Science Commons mission and why a scientific commons is important. The video is pretty slick, and comes from Jesse

Video profile of Science Commons at Open Access News : Jesse Dylan has made a two-minute OA video about Science Commons.  From today's announcement:Today, we are proud to announce the release of Science Commons first informational video. The video was directed by renowned director Jesse Dylan, the director

13:12
Science Commons - Making the web work for science at business|bytes|genes|molecules

“Scientists are the ultimate remixers”Those are words in a new video released by Science Commons. The video aims to highlight the Science Commons mission and why a scientific commons is important. The video is pretty slick, and comes from Jesse

ouroboros at Ouroboros : Science Commons has just released its first informational video, as part of the Creative Commons Annual Fundraising Campaign. It’s pretty slick — directed by Jesse Dylan (of Obama campaign video fame) and with music from will.i.am of the Black Eyed

Video profile of Science Commons at Open Access News : Jesse Dylan has made a two-minute OA video about Science Commons.  From today's announcement:Today, we are proud to announce the release of Science Commons first informational video. The video was directed by renowned director Jesse Dylan, the director

13:11
Waxman Maps Health Agenda for Next Congress at WSJ.com: Health Blog

Rep. Henry Waxman, incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has started laying out his health-care priorities in the new role. High on the list after Congress comes back next year: more scrutiny of drug marketing. Waxman, long a critic

Go Peter Go! at PharmaGossip : Former Pfizer VP Rost finds support for jobBy Lee HowardPublished on 12/6/2008The Day, CTIf Pfizer Inc. were to describe its worst nightmare, it might very well be seeing former company whistleblower Peter Rost become commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug

13:10
Is there any other cool way to put "there are Carnivals"? at Neurotopia (version 2.0)

GrrlScientist talks about Carnivalia, Greg Laden has pictures of the scantily clad, how can I distinguish myself when I post about the Carnivals that are out there? I will gladly accept any ideas out there. But anyway, December Scientiae is up, the HOT version,

December Scientiae Carnival: Totally Hot! at Women in Science : Howdy readers. I'm back from my trip to New York and ready to blog again. Actually I have been blogging on my (usually infrequently-updated) personal blog, so if you'd like to see some photos from my trip you can check them out over there.Dr. Isis has posted

13:00
Keep Your Clients, I Have Patients at Emergiblog

Apparently, there's a shift to calling patients "clients" in community nursing publications.Kim at Emergiblog takes exception to that, saying that although medical care is rapidly becoming a commodity, "it is the only service in which people expose themselves

Why patients should not be called clients at Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog : Apparently, there's a shift to calling patients "clients" in community nursing publications.Kim at Emergiblog takes exception to that, saying that although medical care is rapidly becoming a commodity, "it is the only service in which people expose themselves

12:41
The Case for Legal Cognitive Enhancement by the Healthy at Brain Waves

Depending on what news sources you follow, you may have heard a lot about it already: taking cognition-enhancing drugs to improve normal brain function. An editorial in Nature has just come out in favor of it, so although I wrote about this back in April, its

Mainstreaming cognitive enhancement at Mind Hacks : Nature has just published an article arguing that the use cognition enhancing drugs by healthy individuals should be by accepted by society and appropriately regulated.The authors are an interesting mix. They consist of several cognitive neuroscientists, a

Brain Drugs: This is Your Brain on Adderall at Pharma Marketing Blog : "We should welcome new methods of improving our brain function. In a world in which human workspans and lifespans are increasing, cognitive enhancement tools including the pharmacological will be increasingly useful for improved quality of life and extended

Enhancing the Brain: Here We Go at In the Pipeline : Depending on what news sources you follow, you may have heard a lot about it already: taking cognition-enhancing drugs to improve normal brain function. An editorial in Nature has just come out in favor of it, so although I wrote about this back in April, its

12:05
Scientists a step closer to understanding AIDS immunity at My Biotech Life

I don’t usually get my science news from the Portuguese paper but this article caught my eye. Amazingly I didn’t pick this up in the huge amount of science and immunology feeds I subscribe to but I digress.It seems that researchers are a step closer

BBC NEWS | Africa | Getting high on HIV drugs in S Africa at GruntDoc : BBC NEWS | Africa | Getting high on HIV drugs in S Africa Anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV/Aids are being bought and smoked by teenagers in South Africa to get high.What? That’s odd, and it’s doubly odd it asn’t described in the US

Scientists a step closer to understanding AIDS immunity at My Biotech Life : I don’t usually get my science news from the Portuguese paper but this article caught my eye. Amazingly I didn’t pick this up in the huge amount of science and immunology feeds I subscribe to but I digress.It seems that researchers are a step closer

12:05
Scientists a step closer to understanding AIDS immunity at My Biotech Life

I don’t usually get my science news from the Portuguese paper but this article caught my eye. Amazingly I didn’t pick this up in the huge amount of science and immunology feeds I subscribe to but I digress.It seems that researchers are a step closer

BBC NEWS | Africa | Getting high on HIV drugs in S Africa at GruntDoc : BBC NEWS | Africa | Getting high on HIV drugs in S Africa Anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV/Aids are being bought and smoked by teenagers in South Africa to get high.What? That’s odd, and it’s doubly odd it asn’t described in the US

09:22
Arent steroids illegal? at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Karl, from Inoculated Mind, describes Nature magazine’s selection of plant scientist Richard Sayre (as one of five crop scientists who could change the world) as “a good pick.” Sayre’s pet project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates

Global informatics training funding at Informaticopia : Neil Versel has reported on his Healthcare IT Blog that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing a $1.2 million grant to promote health informatics and biomedical education and training worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Although I can't

09:11
Boo on you, CNN at Pure Pedantry

Around this time last year the New York Times listed 100 "Notable Books of 2007." Chad was upset that there were no science books on the list, and so was I. I penned a rant about this sad state of affairs, but Carl Zimmer (an occasional contributor to the NYT)

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

Another one bites the dust: CNN axes science team at The Island of Doubt : So last month its was the Forecast Earth gang at the Weather Channel. This week it's the science and technology team at CNN that gets the axe.I know that times are tough all over. I know it's hard to sell ads for science sections and programs. But it sure would

No more science on CNN! at A Blog Around The Clock : Oh, there was before? Anyway, the story that everyone on science blogs is talking about these days is that CNN has ditched their science and tech team. I was going to comment on it, but Chad puts it the best and there is no way I can best it. So go on over

Announcing Unscientific America at The Intersection : Yesterday, many among us were aghast to learn that yet another major news outlet is eliminating its science coverage. In this case it was CNN, which decided to nix its seven-person unit on science, the environment, and technology--including six producers and

Science Is Interested in You at Uncertain Principles : A few days ago, I complained again about the relative lack of science books in the New York Times "Notable Books of 2008" list. Yesterday, one of the big stories was CNN axing its entire science unit, such as it was, which drew comments from lots of blogs (and

CNN catches the stupid at Bad Astronomy Blog : For some reason beyond my ken, CNN is shutting down its science/space/tech division and absorbing it into their general editorial unit. This means less science coverage for sure, since it has to compete with the lowest common denominator of news (if it bleeds…).

Why a broad-based knowledge base is good for the media at The Questionable Authority : You could call this a follow-up to the recent stories about CNN's spectacularly stupid decision to kill its science and technology unit, I suppose. I'm watching MSNBC right now, watching them cover the crash of a Marine FA-18 Hornet in a residential neighborhood

Best Science Books 2008: No Love for Science at Confessions of a Science Librarian : Here's some more from the Fimoculus list, these ones notable for not having any science books mentioned when you would think that they could find at least one:New York MagazineSalonThe AtlanticNew York Times 10 BestPublisher's WeeklyAs I see more science-free

Publishers Weekly Snubs Science at Uncertain Principles : Carl Zimmer sent me a message via Facebook, which made me think I might owe the New York Times an apology for last week's ranting. Publishers Weekly has come out with their list of the best books of the year, and they do even worse than the Times: not one of

News that no longer fits into CNN at The Post-Normal Times : As a blogger on environmental science and policy who has actually worked in this field for over 20 years, I have done my share of grumbling about the quality of coverage of this complex subject, but have also come to appreciate just how time consuming it is

CNN Shuts Down its Science Journalism Department at The Daily Transcript : CNN, like most other MSM outfits have been sacrificing reporters, foreign correspondents in favor of pundits (aka political operatives), fancy gizmos (verging on a reenactment of Star Wars) and fluff. The canceling of their science journalism department is

Do people just not care about science and technology? at nanoscale views : CNN seems to think that's the case. As others have pointed out (1, 2), they've decided to close down their science and technology division and fold that reporting back into their general news category. So, what is the message here? That the ad revenue CNN can

Where's the science? at Laelaps : Around this time last year the New York Times listed 100 "Notable Books of 2007." Chad was upset that there were no science books on the list, and so was I. I penned a rant about this sad state of affairs, but Carl Zimmer (an occasional contributor to the NYT)

08:27
A Virtual Brainstorming Session for You to Give Obama Health-care Reform Input at Pharma Marketing Blog

Associate PressTom Daschle wants you to party like it’s 1992. What will be the main topic of conversation at your holiday party this year? If you take the advice of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President-elect Barack Obamas choice for Health and Human Services

Rost's FDA push makes PharmaTimes at PharmaGossip : A leading US politician has told President-elect Barack Obama that a complete change is needed in the leadership of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agencys current senior staff are too close with the industries they regulate, creating a question

Will stem cell research have a good time in new administration? at Stem Cell Research Blog : Stem cell research is likely to start afresh with the new administration in the USA. It seems stem cell research is a high priority in the upcoming administration. Moreover, President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to invest in the physical and life sciences

Ted Kennedy Drops Judiciary Post to Focus on Health Reform at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Sen. Ted Kennedy is giving up his perch on the powerful Judiciary Committee to concentrate on overhauling health care.Associated PressHealth honchos, from left, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Edward Kennedy,

Memo to Barack Obama at Responsible Nanotechnology : Shortages are not in short supply these days, here in the USA: we have a shortage of credit, a shortage of jobs, a shortage of budget revenue, and a shortage of good will from around the world. But one thing not in shortage is advice for the incoming President.

Daschle Suggests Decking Halls With Health Reform at WSJ.com: Health Blog : Associate PressTom Daschle wants you to party like it’s 1992. What will be the main topic of conversation at your holiday party this year? If you take the advice of former Sen. Tom Daschle, President-elect Barack Obamas choice for Health and Human Services

06:19
Calling fellow bloggers! at Genomicron

Calling fellow bio bloggers -- help get the word out for the special issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach all about eye evolution. The content is free to access online and the authors include many of the world's top eye evolution researchers. A handy

Evolution for everyone at Gene Expression : T. Ryan Gregory is getting the word out that the latest issue of Evolution is free online.Read the comments on this post...