More and more colleges and universities are treating students as customers, showing them how to push a button or fill in a formula without teaching them how to think and solve problems. I might be old school, but I'd rather train and mentor my future colleagues instead of just showing students how to push a button.
When dealing with screening tests that are susceptible to giving false positives and false negatives, you need to take into account a number of different things. Most importantly, you need to put your findings into context.
One of the best ways to learn is through visualization of the terms you are trying to understand. This Kickstarter project by "Medcomic.com" is aiming to help you learn medical terms in much the same way as those Saturday morning cartoons taught you about standing up to bullies, if you're a rabbit. Gorgeous visuals and bright colors will help you remember these terms, and more. Check out the Kickstarter campaign linked in the blog post.
I started telling you about the upcoming lecture, and how I probably ruined a kid's dreams of being a physician in the United States. But then I somehow went on to tell you about what I'll do to retire... Oh, and about microscopes and telescopes.
I've long been a fan of Io9.com, a blog about science fiction and other things to do with science. The writers of that blog have been, for the most part, very reasonable in their approaches to things having to do with science. They've come out against antivaxxers and all their nonsense. But I guess the [...]
There's a discussion online on this article about a group of homeopaths who wanted to go to West Africa and treat people sick with Ebola with homeopathy. For those of you who don't know what homeopathy is, homeopathy basically boils down to magic. Homeopaths claim that water has "memory" and that you can dilute something [...]
If there is one thing that I like to think I am is flexible. I don't like to be set in my ways because I could be wrong and have no way of correcting myself. As Moriarty said in the season finale of the first season of "Sherlock", "I'm so changeable. It is a weakness [...]
What happens when two parents with type A blood give birth to a blood type B baby? Chaos. That's what. Type A parents cannot give birth to a type B baby, because genetics. But this seemed to have happened one night when I was working the lab all by myself. Was the father the baby's real father? Was the mother the baby's real mother? Did I make a mistake in typing the baby's blood? The answer probably won't surprise you, so this is more of a cautionary tale.
So my wife and a friend got into a discussion on Twitter about the benefits and non-benefits of acupuncture as it relates to fibromyalgia. Whose side do you think I take?
Most studies carried out in the research of diseases and medications is carried out at the population level. But the findings of such studies may not always apply to the individual in front of you. So you need to take a few things into account.