Tagged: research

Bad Doctor (2) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 06, 2009

Ron Paterson, the former Health and Disability Commissioner, is going to head up a research project into “the best practice on how the public can be confident any given medical practitioner is “a good doctor”“. While this sounds superficially like a worthy undertaking, you can be assured that the conclusions arrived at will probably be [...] Related posts: … Read More

Global Warping - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 25, 2009

Now that our illustrious government has finally managed to pass, at great cost to itself and the Maori party, a badly designed Emissions Trading Scheme – that absolutely everyone else hates –  it is time to wonder why anyone bothered. This expensive waste of political capital will achieve precisely nothing for our environment nor prevent [...] Related posts: … Read More

REALLY Big Toys - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 25, 2009

I see they’ve finally got the Large Hadron Collider to work at last. And the universe did not disappear into a giant black hole. Kind of a pity, really. I was looking forward to the shorter drive to work. Apparently, the Collider is going to unlock the “secrets of the universe”. Of course, we know that [...] Related posts: … Read More

Happy Birthday, Charles - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 24, 2009

Apparently today is the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. At the time, it was considered probably the most controversial book of all time, although, today, it is probably more boring than controversial and more of a scientific curiosity than a valid scientific treatise. Most of Darwin’s theory has been [...] Related posts: … Read More

Dead Babies - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 22, 2009

Stillbirths are traumatic. I am a seasoned provider of terminal care, so the dying process does not phase me, like it phases many of my colleagues. Even so, the death of a baby is horribly unpleasant and even more so when the baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. All that expectation of happiness [...] Related posts: … Read More

Cut Short - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 21, 2009

BBC News reports on a fascinating study that demonstrates that victims of child abuse may have accelerated aging. Telomeres are relatively short sections of specialised DNA that sit at the ends of all our chromosomes.They have been compared to the plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces that prevent the laces from unravelling. Each time a cell [...] Related posts: … Read More

Just Don’t Look at My Liver - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 20, 2009

Sometimes you just shake you head in wonder at the complete pointlessness of some research… There is a prime example in the Herald today which declares Heavy drinking can cut risk of heart disease, says study. Drinking a bottle of wine a day, or half a dozen beers, cuts the risk of heart disease by more than [...] Related posts: … Read More

vending machines bugged - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 17, 2009

Small disease-carrying bugs are capable of finding their way into drink vending machines, says Japanese researchers. Researchers at Osaka Aoyama University wanted to see how many, and what kind of insects found their way into vending machines.  They set up four insect traps inside two outdoor vending machines, three indoor machines, and four traps around the outside base of a … Read More

Rats, Bad Decisions and Jelloshots - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Nov 13, 2009

It is an accepted fact of life that alcohol and good decision making have only loose a acquaintance  with one another. Like ships passing in the night, they may meet or they may not. This is true for the momentarily intoxicated but does that propensity for poor choices follow us even after the libations cease? [...] … Read More

Abortion is Maddening - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 03, 2009

This Month’s British Journal of Psychiatry carries a research paper that should make all doctors signing abortion certificates on the basis of mental health concerns, think twice. The paper elegantly demonstrates that abortion worsens mental health outcomes. Unfortunately, I can only link to this article, rather than the paper itself, which is behind a pay-wall. [...] Related posts: … Read More