Tagged: medicine

Book review: Buried Alive - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 26, 2009

I have to join the latest trend at sciblogs: morbid book reviews. Ya gotta love 'em... [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Buried Alive - Bondeson"][/caption] Seriously, our forensic science sciblog, Anna Sandiford, has a couple of book reviews out recently, one of which I've read (and enjoyed) and one I … 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

Genetic tests and personalised medicine, some science communication issues - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 24, 2009

Following on my initial post on Genetic tests and personalised medicine, I'd like to offer some loose thoughts on science communication issues associated with genetic tests. [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="394" caption="Ibn Sina (Avicenna) whose Canon of Medicine (1025) is one of the earliest examples of communication of disease risk. Image source: wikipedia (Statue in … Read More

Genetic tests and personalised medicine - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 20, 2009

How will genomes and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests affect medicine? [caption id="attachment_619" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="The Doctor, Luke Fildes (source: wikipedia)"][/caption] Recently I wrote about an up-coming roundtable meeting to be held in Wellington looking at aspects of genomics, medicine and law. Over the next few days I will direct a few posts at the subject … Read More

The 100-year-old doctor still on a mission - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 16, 2009

Using medical treatment as his atonement has kept a 100-year-old Japanese doctor working since World War II. Dr Hiroshi Yamasaki received this year’s Prime Minister’s award (senior catergory) for treating people in Jinan, in Shandong province, China, for almost 70 years, reports the Mainichi.jp news. On the day the award winner was announced, November 13,he had been reported to be … Read More

Natural Health Expo(sed)? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 15, 2009

Driving around Hamilton the past few weeks I couldn’t help but notice the signs sprinkled around the city for the “Natural Health Expo” which is to take place here this week end. As I perused the website for this event yesterday I was disturbed by the large number of anti-scientific “treatments” that will be showcased. [...] … Read More