Health and Medicine

Second Life and the future of education - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 07, 2009

The 2009 conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (#ASCILITE09) is currently taking place in Auckland New Zealand. Scott Diener, from the University of Auckland IT services delivered a great Keynote address centered around Second Life. A guided tour through the long white cloud island Diener took us through a tour of the [...] … Read More

[Open] Science Sunday — 6.12.09 - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Dec 06, 2009

These are some of the fun (and more serious) stuff I found around the magic world of the internet and Open Access. I give my favourite tweet this week to @MsBehaviour (again) for pointing her tweeps to the Manchester Manifesto. Her tweet links to a great post on the University of Manchester that summarises the issues [...] … Read More

Steve Thoms' points against naturopathy - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 02, 2009

Science-based medics and researchers baulk at many of the claims of naturopathic remedies. While reading an article on Science-Based Medicine about the battle against  legislating the naturopathic industry in Ontario, Canada, a comment pointed to a comment by Steve Thoms, Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic North in another blog which listed points against naturopathy.  (See steveisgood … Read More

Neti pots now validated as sound science? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 02, 2009

There are many “home” remedies for clearing nasal congestion and sinusitis through cleaning the nasal passages, usually involving passing a saline solution through them, e.g. Pouring a neti pot (Image from Science-based Medicine article.) A recent Cochrane review, Nasal saline irrigations for the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis, supports use of this technique originating from an … Read More

Persistent Vegetative States and the Problem with Facilitated Communication - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 25, 2009

If you read the print version of the NZ Herald today you would have seen featured on the front page a miraculous case of a man [Rom Houben] recovering from a persistent vegetative state and communicating with the world through a touch screen with the help of a carer. The topic of persistent vegetative state [...] … Read More