Here groups of researchers, faculty members, and trainees go through a paper and dissect every aspect from the rationale to the methodology and ultimately the data analysis and conclusions. Again this is very time-consuming work, even for experts. So how can an individual, who is not a trained scientist, possibly hope to truly digest the ramifications of a scientific study? This is particularly true when the popular science press, generally the source of the link to the paper, in an understandable attempt to abstract the work to create a fundamental take-home message useful and interesting to the reader, might not place the work in the appropriate context, or view it with sufficient skepticism. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research
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These shocking results came from a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry which demonstrated that, using statistical and comparison techniques, it was possible to confirm that the economic downturn had contributed to a raised suicide rate. The study entitled ‘Economic suicides in the Great Recession in Europe and North America', also figured out what number of the additional suicides were linked to the recession. … [Read more...] about Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19
There are a few very simple things that we all know we can do that would hopefully prevent transmission in the above example—wear a mask or face covering, stay away from people outside the home as much as possible, regularly clean high-touch surfaces, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and don't touch your face, mouth, or eyes. These are the things that everyone should be doing. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 and Security Theater
Typically, a paper submitted to a journal is screened by its editors to determine if it meets formalistic technical requirements, and then it is forwarded to so-called “thought-leaders,” who have a few weeks to provide comments. Their feedback allows editors to make a preliminary decision about a paper's potential value. The authors may be given a chance to revise the paper, with the revisions again reviewed again by the external experts. Under optimal circumstances, the peer-review process takes several weeks. However, depending on the demands made by the reviewers, this could take much longer. … [Read more...] about Gargling Marijuana?
“I was riding my bicycle home from the swimming pool where I swam almost daily, and a car coming from the other direction turned left in front of me and cut me off. I do not remember what happened next, but I fell to the ground hitting my head on the curb of the sidewalk. I was not wearing a helmet, so the impact of my head on the cement must have been considerable. I was able to get up, but the paramedics noticed that one of my eyes had started blinking erratically, so they decided to take me to a local hospital. The MRI showed that a hematoma had developed in my brain; I underwent surgery to remove it, but a second MRI showed that I had another hematoma developing deeper in my brain, so I underwent another brain surgery. After that second surgery, I was in a coma for six weeks.” … [Read more...] about Living Purposefully After Trauma