As any reader of Ben Goldacre’s blog and books will know, open data is the big debate. And the bigger the diagnostic or therapeutic implications of the data concerned, the bigger need to keep it open (or closed, depending on your proclivities). Genes and genetic studies have long been touted as the final frontier for […]
There was a small island kingdom, inhabited by a peaceful race of people who prospered through the advances they had made in agriculture. One day, they were visited by a shipful of traders from a faraway and exotic country. However, unknown to them, stowed away in the holds of the ship, came a few rats. […]
- Predatory Open Access: Part 3 – Research Spoofs and Publication Faux-Pas
- Predatory Open Access: Part 2 – Peer Review in OA and Ethics of “Sting Op Research”
- Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of the OA Model
- Exhibitionism in Medical Education: The Brindley Lecture – Heralding A Sexual Revolution
- Longitudinal Data Analysis: A Brief Introduction
Disclaimer: Contains strong language, sexually explicit in nature in order to explain bodily functions in a non-jargon manner. Maybe NSFW. This week we had a fabulous case presentation in the department. The patient was suffering from Atypical Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome, as evidenced by the absence of the uterus and cervix, with only the distal part of […]
As big a fan of the House MD show I am, let me start off with the disclaimer that I consider this to be one of the worst ever episodes of House MD to come on air. EVER! And that is not just because of the sucky medical mystery, but also because of the very […]
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people […]
This was the FIRST ever Mediquiz I conducted and fittingly, it was conducted with none other than Parijat Sen, the master quizzer himself. Along with Parijat (who will soon be leaving for an Internal Medicine residency in the US of A) and Shibojit Talukdar (who is doing his Surgery residency at the prestigious Post Graduate […]
Hello. It is World Toilet Day today! I have made it a point to regularly blog about it every year since I started blogging: Have A Shitty Day: World Toilet Day World Toilet Day: Give A Shit In each of these posts I have talked about the importance of sanitation in health and the prevention of infectious […]
- IEC in Public Health: What can Public Health Learn from Steve Jobs?
- Protected: RAT-PISS: Social Exclusion and HIV/AIDS in India
- Protected: RAT-PISS: Newer Vaccines
- Anti-Bloomberg Bill in the Soda Wars: Two Wrongs do not Make a Right!
- New York Soda Rule: Raising the Debate on Paternalism in Public Health
First up, I cannot believe the numbers! This is awe-inspiring. I read the abstract three times in order to convince myself that I was not seeing things. More than the results of the study itself what intrigues me no ends is how the researchers got the participants to open up about screwing with Billy. Billy […]
The news in Twitterville and Facebookland is the US Government Shutdown. It seems pretty complicated if you ask me, with a lot of financial considerations being taken into account to understand why the government is shutting down, so, I will use internet memes that have been doing the rounds, in an effort to clarify my […]
As a part of the academic program for the residents in the Department of Community Medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, we have to give didactic seminars on different topics for the faculty members and the other residents. This is a great exercise not only in speaking and countering, but also, […]
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Right at the outset, I shall admit that this is a topic that is a little beyond my “safety net” of knowledge and hence, I may be slightly off-target with some of the assertions. I am reaching out a bit with this topic, but I have tried to do adequate reading up on this matter. […]
This has been one of the most raucous Junes yet. Tons of fun, including a 7-cake birthday celebration (almost a week long event, where I ended up cutting into seven cakes!), lot of letting the (proverbial) hair down, and fooling around in general. Life’s been good. This series of celebrations started with Jitendra sir’s birthday […]
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This is a guest post written by Ms. Deepali Kaul. I have made slight grammatical and syntactical edits and otherwise, left it untouched. This article and its opinions and contents are not due to me, but to Ms. Kaul. Any links are not endorsements and are meant for informational purposes only. If you want to […]
From Aaron’s last blog post: Thus Master Wayne is left without solutions. Out of options, it’s no wonder the series ends with his staged suicide. A year younger to me, and yet, he’s achieved ore than I could imagine achieving in my whole life, and at the untimely age of 26 years, he has gone […]
Merry Christmas, dear readers. Unfortunately, this season of festivities, which has turned secular in India and is celebrated by Christians and non-Christians (like me) alike, has been jarred by a series of unfortunate events, one of which is an exhibition of insipid, uninspiring leadership by the world’s largest democracy. I am not a political person. […]
Reblogged from my previous post on the Community Medicine Education Blog, as a part of the new series where I go about de-mystifying stuff that confuses… mainly me! Of late, in all our Journal Clubs, design effect seems to get a lot of attention, so much so, that there has been talks of having a […]