Category Archives: Health

Links to 13th June

 

The week in links
Education resources, open access, copyright, bad research and lobbying, life without newspapers- insight from the1940s, Twitter hype vs the numbers, browser innovation, Digital Britain, life without broadband, French anti-filesharing law overturned.

The week in links

Education resources, open access, copyright, bad research and lobbying, life without newspapers- insight from the1940s, Twitter hype vs the numbers, browser innovation, Digital Britain, life without broadband, French anti-filesharing law overturned.

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Facebook, cancer, miracle cure

Update on the social-networking-causes-health-risks story. Previous post here

Ben Goldacre and Dr Aric Sigman on BBC Newsnight discuss Sigman’s paper with Jeremy Paxman. Also featured, the views of Professor Susan Greenfield, source of The Daily Mail story:

Social websites harm children’s brains: Chilling warning to parents from top neuroscientist

‘Social networking websites are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users, an eminent scientist has warned.’

Lots of fun. Best bit is when Goldacre, having pointed out that Sigman has ignored all research evidence which contradicts his theory, says ‘there are several research papers which contradict your theory and I’m going to post them on Badscience.net’.

Which he did. He also has a link to Sigman’s full paper.

At Badscience.net you can now watch the extract from Newsnight, look up the references and read the comments thread.

Which allows you to be better informed than people who rely only on newspapers and TV.

www.badscience.net

Dore on R4, transcripts available

Face the Facts: The Dore Programme: controversial treatment for
dyslexia has gone bust.’ Broadcast on Friday 15th August.

In which we learned that:

Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at Oxford University has a colleague who uses the Dore Balsall Common study as a training exercise for undergraduate students. This was also the primary purpose of looking at the Dore research for the course I teach. Then it became a news story.

Kenny Logan, who has frequently endorsed the Dore programme as helping with his dyslexia, is a director of Dore’s parent company – Camden Holdings Limited.

Transcript of the John Waite’s investigation now available from this link. BBC Radio 4

Transcript of You and Yours 19.05.2008 interview with Kenny Logan.

From the archive

“On Friday 23.05.2008 the Dore company, based in Kenilworth Warwickshire, closed it’s UK operation with the loss of 50 jobs and placed the company in the hands of advisors.”

Dore on R4

‘Fri 15th August You and Yours, 12.00-1.00pm
12.30: Face the Facts: The Dore Programme: controversial treatment for
dyslexia has gone bust.’

On BBC Radio 4

and listen again for 7 days

via

Brainduck

Given  their previous reporting on Dore, which was just embarrassing for an investigative consumer affairs programme, it’s to be hoped You and Yours ‘fess up, Face the Facts and decently credit the Dore bloggers for reporting this story.

Previous Dore coverage and links on this site grouped under Categories

Mapping, GIS, disease

“A system of electronic mapping which allows many different types of data to be layered onto a single image is being used to improve healthcare across Rwanda.

The digital maps, called Geographic Information Systems (GIS), are designed to compile information from numerous databases and use it to both track and predict outbreaks of disease.

This can then be used to help developing countries best utilise their limited resources. For example, GIS is used to organise data on clusters of disease and the availability of drinking water.”

BBC technology

See also, data mapping, point maps, John Snow, cholera, London 1854

Wikipedia link

Time Management

Randy Pausch on time management. Lecture at University of Virginia November 2007. Video 1hour 16 mins.

Why? Time management is vital to study, especially part-time study.

What do I get for over an hour of my time? Enough tips to save hours a week of wasted time, for the rest of your life.

Some important lessons for life. Like? To focus on the important objectives, forget the things that don’t matter. And then advice on how to put this into practice.

Available from ‘iTunes University’ as a video podcast from Carnegie Mellon University.
I’ve asked the class to try iTunes U to consider the interface and podcast subscription model. Where people face restrictions on installing software, or have objections to using iTunes, there are several alternatives.

Youtube. Search term: Randy Pausch time management. (This is quicker than looking for it on iTunes, but subscribing may offer other benefits.)

A page of links celebrating the legacy of Randy Pausch’s work, lectures and presentations is maintained by Dr. Gabriel Robins at
http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Randy/
Read this first if you need more context. Once you have watched the video, if you wish to re-cap the lecture slides are available as a PDF (12Mb) from there.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Pausch