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  • February 14, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Article Review: Generational differences in academic EM

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus.By learning about our differences, we can learn to appreciate and better communicate with those who are different from us.The same falls true for working with residents and faculty from different "generations", as defined as traditionalists, baby boomers, generation Xers, and millennials.This literature review and consensus document is quite extensive and even comes in 2 parts in Academic Emergency Medicine. There is a great summary table of the gener........ Read more »

Mohr NM, Moreno-Walton L, Mills AM, et al. (2011) Generational Influences in Academic Emergency Medicine: Teaching and Learning, Mentoring, and Technology (Part I). Academic Emergency Medicine, 190-199. info:/10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00985.x

  • February 11, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Paucis Verbis: First-Line Treatment for Hypertension

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

A 50 year-old woman, who presented to the ENT clinic for followup check of a facial fracture, has a blood pressure of 210/100. She is asymptomatic and in no pain. She gets referred immediately to the ED for care.Now you see her in your ED. What next? There is a lot of controversy whether you should treat or not treat asymptomatic hypertension in the ED. The ACEP Clinical Policy says that there is no need to immediately reduce an asymptomatic patient's blood pressure. With "close followup", ........ Read more »

Quynh Bui. (2010) Cochrane for clinicians. First-line treatment for hypertension. American Family Physician, 81(11), 1333-1335. info:/

  • February 10, 2011
  • 12:16 PM

Synthetic Biology, or Science Fiction?

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

Craig Venter describes synthetic biology as a process of ‘digitizing’ life, where the possibility for designing new life forms is limited only “by biological reality and our imagination.”... Read more »

Gibson, D., Glass, J., Lartigue, C., Noskov, V., Chuang, R., Algire, M., Benders, G., Montague, M., Ma, L., Moodie, M.... (2010) Creation of a Bacterial Cell Controlled by a Chemically Synthesized Genome. Science, 329(5987), 52-56. DOI: 10.1126/science.1190719  

  • February 10, 2011
  • 10:58 AM

Thesising ~ Feeling Stuck?

by Linda Lin in Oz Blog No. 159

(Or worse blocked? *gasp. this sort of fits in with two other posts on thesising I've had) Ever feel like everyday is the same? Like some song stuck on repeat? Or part of the lyrics of some familiar song? Or...... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 03:21 AM

It’s Criminal – Press Release Misrepresentation

by Ben Good in B Good Science

  You are sat at a table in a dark room, handcuffed. One police officer is shouting in your face, swearing and appears very angry. The other is stood in the corner watching and interjects saying that maybe a cup of tea is in order. Who is more likely to make you talk? Well, new … Read more... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 12:19 AM

Warming Associated Range Shifts – King Crabs in Antarctica

by John Carroll in Chronicles of Zostera

Well I haven’t done a Research Blogging post in a very long time.  But I was inspired by this news release I read today about crabs spilling onto the Antarctic peninsula with warming waters.   On a recent voyage to Antarctica, marine biologists collected digital images of these deep water predators moving closer to shallow coastal . . . → Read More: Warming Associated Range Shifts – King Crabs in Antarctica... Read more »

Aronson, R., Thatje, S., Clarke, A., Peck, L., Blake, D., Wilga, C., & Seibel, B. (2007) Climate Change and Invasibility of the Antarctic Benthos. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 38(1), 129-154. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095525  

Aronson RB, Moody RM, Ivany LC, Blake DB, Werner JE, & Glass A. (2009) Climate change and trophic response of the Antarctic bottom fauna. PloS one, 4(2). PMID: 19194490  

Thatje, S., Anger, K., Calcagno, J., Lovrich, G., Pörtner, H., & Arntz, W. (2005) CHALLENGING THE COLD: CRABS RECONQUER THE ANTARCTIC. Ecology, 86(3), 619-625. DOI: 10.1890/04-0620  

  • February 9, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Competence, Participation, Opportunity in Science Communication

by Janet Krenn in Talking Winston

“…the main concern of community activities is now increasingly about public participation, rather than public competence [of science].”

A recent study in Public Understanding of Science reveals that individuals that report “high” interest in science and technology make up a majority of the members of the general public who participate in science/policy decision making. Yet some that are very interested actually may lack a basic science competence, and what good is any discussion w........ Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 02:29 AM

Transitioning from Trainee to Faculty

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Wish I had know this before when starting in Academia. Really starting your career after all the training you’ve been through, a real challenge. How to start of on the new job.
Important strategies from the medical literature, management practices and hands on experience for “on-boarding”:

Start early, meaning getting toknow your organisation before your start date. [...]

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  • February 8, 2011
  • 10:16 PM

Much Ado About ADHD-Research: Is there a Misrepresentation of ADHD in Scientific Journals?

by Laika in Laika's Medliblog

The reliability of science is increasingly under fire. We all know that media often gives a distorted picture of scientific findings (i.e. Hot news: Curry, Curcumin, Cancer & cure). But there is also an ever growing number of scientific misreports or even fraud (see bmj editorial announcing retraction of the Wakefield paper about causal relation beteen MMR vaccination [...]... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 09:25 PM

Choice vs Gender Discrimination in Math-Intensive Science

by Michael Long in Phased

Choice, not direct discrimination, explains the current low representation of women in tenure-track, math-intensive, research-based faculty positions.... Read more »

Stephen J. Ceci, & Wendy M. Williams. (2011) Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1014871108

  • February 7, 2011
  • 10:54 AM

Adopt Your Scientific Testimony to Jurors' Skeptical Ears

by Persuasion Strategies in Persuasive Litigator

By: Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm - In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama followed the common pattern of giving attention and applause lines to nearly every issue on the national agenda. But there was one issue that received no mention at all: climate change. The absence, noted by many commentators, extended even to areas where it would have been natural to mention the environment. The President's "clean energy" initiative, for example, was touted based on its ability to create jobs and........ Read more »

William R. L. Anderegga, James W. Prallb, Jacob Haroldc, and Stephen H. Schneidera. (2010) Expert credibility in climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. info:/

  • February 7, 2011
  • 06:42 AM

BMC Research Notes launches a new thematic series on data standardization, sharing and publication

by Tara Cronin in BioMed Central Blog

Following our call for contributions to BMC Research Notes on data standards, sharing and publication, the journal and this initiative have received considerable attention from the research community. Today we launch this series of educational articles, as we publish the first of the numerous manuscripts we have received since September.
This new article by Tony Mathys and Maged Boulos gives an overview of the geospatial resources available for the health research community and public health s........ Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Article review: How competent do trainees feel?

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

It is 2 a.m. You, the resident, have just spoken to your staff/attending, who told you to do a task. You have seen one, but don't feel comfortable doing one independently.Will you tell your staff/attending about how you feel? What if the patient did poorly after that?This study examines the perception of EM trainees of their competence and adverse events and how they feel about reporting them.MethodsAnonymous web-based survey sent to all trainees from 9 EM programs in Canada outside Quebe........ Read more »

  • February 6, 2011
  • 09:00 PM

Misrepresentation of ADHD in scientific journals and in the mass media

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

The scientific community often discusses the misrepresentation of health news by the media. A less discussed subject is misrepresentation of data in the scientific literature. Gonon, Bezard and Boraud used their knowledge about ADHD to find misrepresentations of data in scientific literature and mass media, and found that the misrepresentation problem often begins in the scientific literature. 1. Internal inconsistenciesThe good news is that only 2 out of about 360 papers (Barbaresi et al and V........ Read more »

  • February 6, 2011
  • 04:11 PM

It isn’t just students: Medical researchers aren’t citing previous work either

by bjms1002 in the Undergraduate Science Librarian

One of the things that faculty often complain about is that students don’t adequately track down and cite enough relevant material for their term papers and projects.  This problem isn’t confined to undergraduates.  A study in the January 4, 2011 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine by Karen Robinson and Steven Goodman finds that [...]... Read more »

  • February 1, 2011
  • 01:50 AM

Managing the demands of professional life

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

This is the title of an article recently published and written by a psychiatrist and a cardiac surgeon. It’s about an important question not only for physicians but also for other professionals. I found their answer recognizable for most of their concepts.
In short, it’s about five concepts that can be helpful in the work of [...]

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Dickey, J., & Ungerleider, R. (2007) Managing the demands of professional life. Cardiology in the Young, 17(S2). DOI: 10.1017/S1047951107001242  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 09:35 PM

Role of Scientists and the Media in Propagating ADHD Misconceptions

by Michael Long in Phased

Both scientists and the media are to blame for extreme misrepresentations of ADHD neurobiology in the scientific literature and the lay press.... Read more »

  • January 31, 2011
  • 03:54 PM

How to be a neuroscientist

by Bradley Voytek in Oscillatory Thoughts

In this post, I will teach you all how to be proper, skeptical neuroscientists. By the end of this post, not only will you be able to spot "neuro nonsense" statements, but you'll also be able to spot nonsense neuroscience questions.I implore my journalist friends to take note of what I say in this post.Much has already been said on the topic of modern neuroimaging masquerading as "new phrenology". A lot of these arguments and conversations are hidden from the lay public, however, so I'm going to........ Read more »

Barres, B. (2010) Neuro Nonsense. PLoS Biology, 8(12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001005  

Racine E, Bar-Ilan O, & Illes J. (2005) fMRI in the public eye. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6(2), 159-64. PMID: 15685221  

Editors. (2004) Brain scam?. Nature Neuroscience, 7(7), 683-683. DOI: 10.1038/nn0704-683  

Weisberg, D., Keil, F., Goodstein, J., Rawson, E., & Gray, J. (2008) The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(3), 470-477. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2008.20040  

Young, M., Hilgetag, C., & Scannell, J. (2000) On imputing function to structure from the behavioural effects of brain lesions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 355(1393), 147-161. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2000.0555  

  • January 31, 2011
  • 06:00 AM

Article Review: Morbidity and Mortality Conferences in EM

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

Residency training programs are required to have Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conferences, as mandated by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). These conferences were originally designed to look at medical errors and unforeseen complications in patient care.Traditionally, Surgery programs focus on medical error and complications in their conferences. In contrast, Internal Medicine programs tend to focus more on cases because of their intrinsic learning value. Erro........ Read more »

Seigel, T., McGillicuddy, D., Barkin, A., & Rosen, C. (2010) Morbidity and Mortality Conference in Emergency Medicine. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 38(4), 507-511. DOI: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2008.09.018  

  • January 30, 2011
  • 09:05 AM

Writerly scientist derided scientist-writer?

by Jeremy Yoder in Denim and Tweed

Following up on the recent discovery that novelist and lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov correctly supposed that Polyommatus blue butterflies colonized the New World in stages, Jessica Palmer points out that none other than Stephen Jay Gould dismissed Nabokov's scientific work as not up to the same standards of genius exhibited in his novels. She suggests that Nabokov's work may have been dismissed by his contemporaries because his scientific papers were a little too colorfully written.Roger Vila, ........ Read more »

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