Showing Polio the Finger: A Lesson in Public Health

As students of Public Health, we, in India, are witnessing history in the making. It is not often that one gets to see, and be a part of a revolution that is the eradication of a disease. I know that global polio eradication is still under threat because of multiple issues. And with countries in which eradication had been achieved falling prey to re-emergence of … Continue reading Showing Polio the Finger: A Lesson in Public Health

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Predatory Open Access: Part 3 – Research Spoofs and Publication Faux-Pas

Ever since the Science paper came out earlier this week, the world of academia has been a-flutter with excitement and controlled outrage. In the midst of all this, I decided to do a series of posts examining the situation at hand. This is the third and concluding portion of the series and prior to this: Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 3 – Research Spoofs and Publication Faux-Pas

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Predatory Open Access: Part 2 – Peer Review in OA and Ethics of “Sting Op Research”

Ever since the Science article about a sting operation to reveal the murky business that goes on in the name of Open Access journals came out, the academic world has been thrown into a tizzy. I decided to do a series of posts exploring the issue of predatory open access and the issues surrounding them. The first post in this series can be found here: Predatory Open Access: … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 2 – Peer Review in OA and Ethics of “Sting Op Research”

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Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of the OA Model

In the last couple of days, an article from Science has literally gone viral in the scientific circles. It is yet another indictment of what Jeffrey Beall has termed as Predatory Open Access. In a series of posts, I shall comment on this issue. In the first post of this series, I talk about briefly regarding the Science article that is making such waves. In the subsequent posts, … Continue reading Predatory Open Access: Part 1 – A Sting Op and Indictment of the OA Model

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[Warning: NSFW] Sex and the CT (MRI, Actually)

Disclaimer: This post contains a lot of explicit images and one explicit video as well. The language is also not suited for the run of the mill blog, but in the spirit of writing unhindered, I have edited myself as little as possible. If there is a possibility that graphic references to (human) sexual activities offend your sensibility then please turn back here. Do not read … Continue reading [Warning: NSFW] Sex and the CT (MRI, Actually)

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US Budget FY 2014: Did the US Govt Make USMLE Tougher for IMGs?

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. However, I have always studied the US Medical Education system … Continue reading US Budget FY 2014: Did the US Govt Make USMLE Tougher for IMGs?

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