Archive for 'Academia' Category

Safety in second place?

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The safety of newly marketed drugs is always provisional, based on the relatively limited population the drugs are used in prior to marketing. The number of subjects who take a drug in clinical trials is large enough to detect efficacy, but too small to detect rare, but serious, adverse events. In addition, the patients are […]

Who should write medical news stories?

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

An interesting paper in PLOS Medicine on media reporting of medical news. Wilson et al examined medical news stories written by specialist and non-specialist journalists in Australia from 2004–08. They found specialist health reporters produced higher quality articles than general reporters, and broad sheets performed better than tabloids. They suggest: It does matter who writes […]

Drug metabolism – How drug metabolism influences treatment outcomes

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, April 6, 2009

On Friday 17th April 2009 you could attend a one day course at Aston University on drug metabolism. Drug metabolism exerts a powerful influence on drug action – from complete failure of a drug’s effectiveness to life-threatening toxicity. This course focuses on the aims, responses and processes of human drug biotransformation systems. As a result, […]

Medical and science blogging

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

There are two papers out on science and medical blogging. The first is concerned with medical blogging, and I vaguely remember filling in the questionnaire some time ago. It is also reported on the blog of one of the authors, who also makes good use of lecture slides. There’s some interesting findings although the relatively […]

Referencing Software on multiple operating systems

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I currently have a large reference database (with associated PDFs) running on Endnote 9.0 on my Macbook, which integrates nicely with Word 2004. I have the disc for Word 2008, but am holding off installing it, because it does not operate even with the most recent version of Endnote. Neither does it work with Pages. […]

Powerpoint Ninja Doug Zongker

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Nothing provokes debate amongst lecturers more than Powerpoint. When I was a student I attended lectures, even if doing so involved heroic attempts to fight a hangover. I also had to write copious notes, many of which included complicated molecular structures. Talking to lecturers from various universities you hear of students turning up without pens, […]