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Why the Food Babe is wrong (it's not just because she's ignorant)

Why the Food Babe is wrong (it's not just because she's ignorant) | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
On the face of it, a basic message to eat less processed food and improve the nutritional content of restaurants’ menus is something that I and many other scientists and health advocates could totally get behind. (I see from a quick visit to her facebook page that several of my very rational friends “like” her). But actually Ms. Hari’s mission and tactics aggressively promote pseudoscience. Besides being anti-vaccine, and even anti-microwave oven, she campaigns against all chemicals in food, famously saying “When you look at the ingredients [in food], if you can’t spell it or pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it,” and “There is just no acceptable level of chemical to ingest, ever.”*
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Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes

Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Sometimes medical care can amount to torture.
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excerpt: "These unrealistic expectations often begin with an overestimation of modern medicine’s power to prolong life, a misconception fueled by the dramatic increase in the American life span over the past century. To hear that the average U.S. life expectancy was 47 years in 1900 and 78 years as of 2007, you might conclude that there weren’t a lot of old people in the old days — and that modern medicine invented old age. But average life expectancy is heavily skewed by childhood deaths, and infant mortality rates were high back then. In 1900, the U.S. infant mortality rate was approximately 100 infant deaths per 1,000 live births."

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Creating smarter surgical robots

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Providing surgical robots with a new kind of machine intelligence that significantly extends their capabilities and makes them much easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new grant.
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"Our goal is to establish a new concept called complementary situational awareness," said Simaan. "Complementary situational awareness refers to the robot's ability to gather sensory information as it works and to use this information to guide its actions."

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NOVA | Dilemmas of Wartime Medicine

NOVA | Dilemmas of Wartime Medicine | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
With their allegiance to both the Hippocratic Oath and military guidelines, how do combat doctors decide whom to treat?
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The article mentions a dilemma and decision making. Students may develop their critical thinking skills with discussion about this article.

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How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets a week. Surgeon Marty Makary on five simple ways the health-care system can be made safer.
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Accountability through transparency. This quote is powerful: "Transparency can also help to restore the public's trust. Many Americans feel that medicine has become an increasingly secretive, even arrogant, industry. With more transparency—and the accountability that it brings—we can address the cost crisis, deliver safer care and improve how we are seen by the communities we serve." The cases presented in the article says a lot about doctors and other medical professionals. There are implications that extend beyond the medical professions and into other knowledge work fields. 

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How do you tell someone they’re dying?

How do you tell someone they’re dying? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
How do you tell someone they’re dying?

 

If the person in front of you doesn’t have long to live, what are the right words to tell them? Chrissie Giles asks doctors how they tackle the hardest conversation.
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Medical Mysteries by Sandra G. Boodman - The Washington Post

Medical Mysteries by Sandra G. Boodman - The Washington Post | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The Washington Post's Sandra G. Boodman is looking for challenging medical cases--ones that have been resolved but in which the patient's symptoms were puzzling to doctors or suggested an immediate diagnosis that would have been wrong.
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In some ways, better than TV because they are real. Some of the tv show episodes were apparently based on one or two of these articles. Some bring to mind what Daniel Kahneman states about expert intuition in Thinking, Fast and Slow: "Intuition is nothing more and nothing less than recognition." Daniel Sivers also noted from the book "Valid intuitions develop when experts have learned to recognize familiar elements in a new situation and to act in a manner that is appropriate to it." Key ideas are experience, expertise, dignostics, and training. But trust and perseverence also come to mind.

 

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NOVA | Doctors' Diaries

NOVA | Doctors' Diaries | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Follow the lives of seven people over two decades, as they move from Harvard Medical School to midlife.
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NOVA | The Hippocratic Oath Today

NOVA | The Hippocratic Oath Today | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Read classical and modern versions of the oath and a short article about its controversial nature today.
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from the article: "Yet paradoxically, even as the modern oath's use has burgeoned, its content has tacked away from the classical oath's basic tenets. According to a 1993* survey of 150 U.S. and Canadian medical schools, for example, only 14 percent of modern oaths prohibit euthanasia, 11 percent hold convenant with a deity, 8 percent foreswear abortion, and a mere 3 percent forbid sexual contact with patients—all maxims held sacred in the classical version. The original calls for free tuition for medical students and for doctors never to "use the knife" (that is, conduct surgical procedures)—both obviously out of step with modern-day practice. Perhaps most telling, while the classical oath calls for "the opposite" of pleasure and fame for those who transgress the oath, fewer than half of oaths taken today insist the taker be held accountable for keeping the pledge."

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Medical Xpress: Physicians' brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients' pain—and their relief

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