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On his website, Brian Nosek posts this quote:
‘All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have.” – Albert Einstein
Improving science is precious to Nosek and the Center for Open Science at the University of Virginia that he leads.
I interviewed him recently at the “Improving Biomedical Research 2015” conference at Stanford, hosted by METRICS, run by John Ioannidis and Steven Goodman. Here is our podcast episode with that interview:
The BMJ called him “the scourge of sloppy science.”
Asked to summarize his personality in 3 words, he used: “Uncompromising…gentle…maniac.”
He’s Dr. John Ioannidis. He’s made a career out of doing science about science. Doing good science about bad science, about flawed science, about irreproducible science, about science that lacks transparency – to other scientists and certainly to the general public.
With article headlines such as “Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes,” Dr. Teppo Järvinen appears on the international “Too Much Medicine” stage with his concerns about the way osteoporosis is diagnosed and treated.
This week, the National Physician Alliance co-authored a new report, “Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat.” The authors state that it “looks at state laws that intrude into exam rooms in the areas of toxic chemical exposures, women’s reproductive health, and gun violence prevention, jeopardizing the quality of medical care available to pati
To foster conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary, the AAOS recently released a list of five specific tests or procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary. The effort is part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.
Despite many advances in studying cancer, we still use a definition of cancer from the 1850s. That’s what Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, told the recent Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015 conference at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Laura Esserman is a surgeon and breast cancer specialist who works at the University of California San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle last year called her a rock star. She told the newspaper that she is driven by “Passion, persistence and energy. I want to drive efforts to completion: change the way we run clinical trials.”
Professional definition: Radiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound.
Our new podcast features an important topic: Is there overdiagnosis of diabetes? Is the creation of the term and the diagnosis of “pre-diabetes” another form of over diagnosis?
I started in radio news 42 years ago in Milwaukee. Finally, I’m getting back into it – in a way – by introducing our first podcast on HealthNewsReview.org.
The first episode features Dr. Hanna Bloomfield, who had a Howard Beale “mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” moment when she received a piece of direct mail marketing that promoted cardiovascular screening tests that she knew she didn’t need. Listen to hear her story.
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