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Abel Pharmboy

The last two days (here and here), you lovely commenters and I have been bantering about legacy media’s reluctance to use the original literature citation in print or online coverage of science, medicine, and health stories. The discussion has drawn input from working writers as well as scientists and bloggers and I also draw your…

Yesterday, we wrote and all discussed PalMD’s pet peeve about mass media outlets not using journal citations when reporting new science, health, and medicine stories. A lively comment thread ensued here and there. But, as usual, I am reminded that blogfather, Bora Zivkovic, discussed this issue several times in the past at A Blog Around…

To begin, I’m not necessarily saying these are attitudes of journalists but perhaps may be of some editors and media business decision makers. This post was stimulated by an interesting comment thread is developing over at The White Coat Underground – a fine blog written by practicing internist colleague, PalMD. Pal wrote a short post…

The Florida Keys are Oil-Free!

KEY WEST, FL – After a few days of work and research discussions here, it’s time for a couple days of true vacation. The Family Pharmboy chose to leave the 101°F of North Carolina for the cooler and breezier climes of the gorgeous and peaceful Florida Keys. We’re here to right a wrong and to…

A couple of reader questions came in this week following our interview with the inspiring African-American leader and mentor, Jason Dorsette. I had mentioned therein about first meeting Mr. Dorsette two years ago this week at a local Juneteenth celebration. A few readers, even those in the southern United States had not heard of this…

Reuters Health Executive Editor and proprietor of the excellent Embargo Watch blog, Ivan Oransky, was kind to alert me to this topical paper that appeared in Monday’s issue of Annals of Internal Medicine entitled, The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools. To the credit of the Annals, the full text of the primary…

In the 18 years from my first faculty appointment, one of the most satisfying parts of the journey has been watching students come through my life who you can tell – you just “know” – are going to make a huge difference in the world. (I previously wrote of one of these here, Arizona clinical…

The Chronicle morning round-up

Waiting for that coffee to take effect but want it to appear you are doing something scholarly? Have a look at this pair of highly-read posts at The Chronicle of Higher Education: We Must Stop the Avalanche of Low-Quality Research The most-viewed article of the last two days at the online presence of the nation’s…

Was just checking the old SiteMeter stats before foraging for dinner and saw a surge in search hits for “Amy Bishop.” Yup. Lo and behold she has been charged with murder – for the 1986 death of her brother. From an article an hour ago by Donovan Slack and Shelley Murphy at the Boston Globe:…

In continuing our discussion of the Centennial HBCU Symposium held June 3-4 in Research Triangle Park, NC, I wanted to briefly follow up a theme that emerged several times across the diverse talks. Outside of a high dropout rate, a major challenge to African-American students succeeding in universities is poor preparation in math skills from…