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Ethics and goals: always a challenge

My formal ethical training began in medical school with an introduction to the basic concepts of medical ethics. This training continued as I encountered difficult cases and thought through them, often with the help of the hospital ethics committee. While I haven’t continued my formal education in ethics, I’ve continued my own reading, and I…

Important reads you may be missing

Since the Pepsipocalypse, several excellent science writers (some of the best, really) have sought out new homes online. You really shouldn’t miss them. SciCurious: special shout out to Sci who is one of the best pseudonymous science writers out there, and if she were under her real name would probably be one of the best…

Update on Pepsipocalypse

The crack SEED management team has made some significant changes on the new Pepsi nutrition blog. They have placed a small, grey band on the banner that says “Advertorial” (a word I abhor, but whatever). They have also placed the Pepsi logo everywhere and made it fairly clear that it is Pepsi content. This is…

Rethinking blog networks and ethics

One of the wonderful things about blogs is their independence. Most are hosted by wordpress or blogger and there isn’t much advertising or sponsorship. Notable exceptions are blog collectives, such as ScienceBlogs and the Discover Magazine blog network. These networks have significant advantages, including technical support, increased reach, and collegiality (your results may vary). One…

Blogkeeping

I’m off to watch my daughter march in some sort of neo-fascist parade (Daisy scouts) and then off to the hospital, but first some quick housekeeping issues: You can subscribe to WCU’s feed here. You can have updates delivered by email. There is a facebook page on which updates are posted. The PalCast is on permanent…

A little help, please

Next week I’m going to be giving a talk at the 2010 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference & Expo. The title of the talk will be “Medical Blogs: An Under-Recognized Resource for Public Health Awareness and Communication”, but I’ll probably speak more broadly about web 2.0. In preparation for the talk, I’d like you…

Coming up at WCU

For some reason I’m really excited about tomorrow’s post. I don’t usually write very far ahead of time, but this one took a little bit of extra research. You see, I got this letter from a PR firm hyping some altmed doc, and it was much more interesting than the usual similar things I get.…

You should be reading…

One of the best blogs out there, Terra Sigillata, seemed to have gone on a bit of a hiatus for a while, but Abel Pharmboy is back and better than ever. His posts over the last 8 weeks or so are all must-reads. Go, read, discuss.

Happy Blogiversary to Orac!

One of the blogosphere’s best known skeptics hit a milestone today. Orac at Respectful Insolence has now been fighting ignorance for five years. That’s like, oh, about 30 in blog years. Why don’t you go over there and wish him a happy blogiversary. He deserves it. Folks like Orac who publicly call out quacks get…

Those of you who gave to DonorsChoose will find an email in your inbox with a gift card. This is free money for you to donate to any project you wish. It represents matching funds from Hewlett-Packard, so don’t let it go to waste. Next, commenting. I keep a very open comment policy, since dialog…