Health and Medicine

Recreational drugs and the technology of pill testing - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 17, 2018

by Dr Jez Weston Drug policy is slowly starting to move from ineffective moralising to the adoption of effective and evidence-based approaches. KnowYourStuffNZ provides drug-related harm reduction at events and music festivals, which in practice means a constant stream of people coming to our tent to get their drugs checked. The need is clear. This summer, for instance, … Read More

The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 16, 2018

Richard Gunderman, Indiana University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were … Read More

Investigation raises concerns over animals trials - News

Jean Balchin Jan 12, 2018

An investigation conducted by THE BMJ has revealed significant concern about how researchers misrepresents the results of animal studies to obtain funding and approval for human trials to test a new tuberculosis vaccine. Tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. According to Mayo Clinic, … Read More

It’s time for academics to stand up against bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 12, 2018

Shocking revelations around a clinical trial of a new tuberculosis vaccine are just the tip of the iceberg. Maintaining public trust in science depends on open science. Ten years ago, Dr Ben Goldacre published Bad Science, a book described by The Economist as “a fine lesson in how to skewer the enemies of reason … Read More

No Pain, No Gain: A History of Beauty Practices throughout the Ages - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 12, 2018

It wasn’t until I felt the sharp sting of lemon juice trickling down into my eye made me realise I had made a terrible mistake. Inelegantly slumped over the bathroom sink, I squinted through my tears at the woebegone girl in the mirror and vowed never to bleach my freckles again. Although only twelve years old, I … Read More

Young doctors struggle to learn robotic surgery – so they are practicing in the shadows - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 11, 2018

Matt Beane, University of California, Santa Barbara.  This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Artificial intelligence and robotics spell massive changes to the world of work. These technologies can automate new tasks, and we are making more of them, faster, better and cheaper than ever before. Surgery was early to the robotics … Read More

Sleepwalking, Sex, and Murder: Part Three - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 10, 2018

Parts One and Two can be read here… On a warm summer evening in July 2008, retiree Brian Thomas and his wife Christine sat their campervan, watching the sun sink into the sea. The couple spent their retirement watching rugby together and traveling the countryside. After heading to bed, Brian and Christine were awoken at … Read More

Sleepwalking, Sex, and Murder: Part Two - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 09, 2018

Part One in this Sleepwalking Saga can be read here. The Sleep Centre Thinking I’d benefit from a hands-on experience of sleep studies, I contacted a sleep clinic. According to their website, the clinic staff perform a “wide range of home sleep tests for snoring, sleep apnoea, sleep/wake cycles, restless legs, and other sleep disorders.” … Read More