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Radu Chirvasuta
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ICU Dr starting Anaesthetics; cycling is one of the closest ways I get to flying; did I mention I love smoked salmon with sesame crispbread?
ICU Dr starting Anaesthetics; cycling is one of the closest ways I get to flying; did I mention I love smoked salmon with sesame crispbread?

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The importance of health methods for infection prevention, such as vaccination, is also highlighted by the fact that one in about 6 cancers is caused by infectious agents.

Later edit: this article by Ed Yong shows the flaws of population attributable fractions (PAF), which are calculated in the study: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/05/10/what-does-it-mean-to-say-that-something-causes-16-of-cancers/

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A good bird's-eye view of the issues at stake in the debate on access to research can be found in this article from +The Guardian.
via +Sara Chirvasuta

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The tools offered by the National Health System (the publicly funded healthcare system in the UK) are great!
For instance this one: Couch to 5K - A running plan for complete beginners. I don't need it for myself, but I've downloaded one of the mp3s to see if it's good enough to recommend it to others. And it definitely is! :)

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Inspiring story on creativity, perseverance and cost reduction in health care - a case study on "the ultra low-cost, high-quality prostheses innovation of Dr. Therdchai Jivacate and the Prostheses Foundation of Thailand".

Great read from the Harvard Business Review Blog Network via +Sara Chirvasuta!

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New and old stuff on dietary supplements and cancer risk!

To examine the potential role of dietary supplements and cancer risk, Maria Elena Martinez, Ph.D., of the University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center and colleagues, looked at observational studies of several supplements, including anti-oxidants, folic acid, vitamin D, and calcium. several observational studies that found diets high in fruits and vegetables associated with lower risk of certain cancers, including respiratory and gastrointestinal. Specifically, with respect to anti-oxidant supplements, the authors found that: “The importance of oxidative stress for carcinogenesis does not establish that the administration of supplemental antioxidants will protect against the carcinogenesis that oxidative stress may induce.” Furthermore, they write, “Supplementation by exogenous antioxidants may well be a two-edged sword; these compounds could, in vivo, serve as pro-oxidants or interfere with any of a number of protective processes such as apoptosis induction.”

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http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/04/24/jnci.djs242.full

Original full version of the review article can be found via http://extremelongevity.net/wp-content/uploads/cancer-supple.pdf
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The traditional research publishing model is outrageous!

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Some basic things about research papers for students.

"The world is awash with scientific papers. Even if we restricted a survey to research within biological sciences, I guestimate that there are more papers published each month than your average academic could be expected to read in a lifetime. In these rich fields of information, how are students unfamiliar with the genre to develop the ability to discern the wheat from the chaff (let alone the weeds)?"

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Este la ordinea zilei ca +Robert Ancuceanu sa reuseasca sa descrie si sa analizeze in mod adecvat chestiuni de interes, dar acum se vede ca a fost in mare verva, astfel incat - daca-mi permite sa fac apel la trusa de unelte pe care a adus-o in scena - he has hit the nail on the head! ;)

{pentru un plus de precizie: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/hit+the+nail+on+the+head}
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