Philosophy of Medicine Workshop, Bristol, 28.x.09

This looks like it could be interesting… Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol This is an informal workshop on topics in the philosophy of medicine. Everyone is welcome. •09.45–11.00 Kevin Brosnan (Cambridge) “Does nothing in medicine make sense except in light of evolution?” •11.15–12.30 Jeremy Howick (UCL) “Defining a role for mechanistic reasoning in EBM” […]

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A Big Week for Little Cells

Stem cells have been in the news rather a lot lately.  President Obama has, it’s currently being widely reported, lifted Dubya’s restrictions on human embryonic stem-cell research, much to the chagrin of some, and the delight of others.  (Interestingly enough, among the worriers we find a surprisingly large number of British commentators who point out […]

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Chip off the Old Block

It would appear that games like Tetris may help in the treatment of PTSD – there’s apparently a six-hour period in which traumatic memories become consolidated, so something like Tetris, in effect, allows the brain to be distracted for a time, thus reducing the consolidation.  Hence [p]laying “Tetris” after viewing traumatic material reduces unwanted, involuntary […]

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A fishy affair

Writing in his usual uncompromising style Ben Goldacre describes the latest carry-ons in the “trial” carried out in Durham by the Council on whether fish oils improve GCSE performance: You’ll remember the Durham fish oil “trial” story, possibly the greatest example of scientific incompetence ever documented from a local authority. Initially they said – to […]

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The good old but somewhat cold days

Chris Bertram of Crooked Timber links to this 1958 piece of research on how children behaved when locked inside fridges… Using a specially designed enclosure, 201 children 2 to 5 years of age took part in tests in which six devices were used, including two developed in the course of this experiment as the result […]

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