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Kickstarting Your Career: Crowdfunding For Scientific Research

Kevin Hascup | | October 7, 2012

Popularized by such sites as Kickstarter, crowdfunding has become a main source of financial support for entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from clothing lines to social media.  Unfortunately, Kickstarter prohibits projects for health and medicine, making the site useless for academic researchers.  To fill this gap, Petridish, iAMscientist and MedStartr have come online in the past 6 months...
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Let’s Fight Big Pharma’s Crusade To Turn Eccentricity Into Illness

Allen Frances | Wired | May 17, 2013

Nature takes the long view, mankind the short. Nature picks diversity; we pick standardization. We are homogenizing our crops and homogenizing our people. And Big Pharma seems intent on pursuing a parallel attempt to create its own brand of human monoculture. Read More »

Longtime VA Researcher Receives Lasker-DeBakey Award

Press Release | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) | October 11, 2012

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, a long-time VA researcher often called “the father of human transplantation,” has received one of the world’s top awards for science from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. Read More »

Marin General Hospital Nurses Warn That New Computer System Is Causing Errors, Call For Time Out

Staff Writer | Health Care Renewal | May 17, 2013

Of course, the ever-present euphemism for life-threatening EHR malfunctions and defects, i.e., "glitches" are the cause... Read More »

Massively Open Online Medicine

David Harlow | The Health Care Blog | May 6, 2013

The new darling of the online educational community is Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The example which figures most prominently in the popular imagination is the Khan Academy, though its founder says otherwise, noting that MOOCs are merely online transplantations of traditional courses, while Khan Academy offers something different. Read More »

Merchants Of Meth: How Big Pharma Keeps The Cooks In Business

Jonah Engle | Mother Jones | July 1, 2013

With big profits on the line, the drug industry is pulling out campaign-style dirty tricks to keep selling the meds that cooks turn into crank. Read More »

Navy Seeks Real-time Location System for All Hospitals

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | June 7, 2012

The Navy Bureau of Medicine in May kicked off a procurement to acquire a Wi-Fi based Real-Time Locations System that will track high-value medical equipment at 19 hospitals and hundreds of medical clinics worldwide.

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No Bitter Pill: Doctors Prescribe Fruits And Veggies

Allison Aubrey | NPR | September 12, 2013

It was the Greeks who first counseled to let food be thy medicine. And, it seems, some doctors are taking this age-old advice to heart. In New York City physicians are writing prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. That's right, 'scripts for produce. Read More »

Nomination Deadline Is June 15 (12:00am PST)—The Accelerating Science Award Program

David Knutson | PLOS Blogs | June 11, 2013

There is less than a week for ASAP program award nominations.  This is an opportunity to showcase significant examples of Open Access reuse and to bestow $30,000 to three winners who will be recognized in October at an Open Access Week kickoff event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. Read More »

NYC Doctors Are Now Prescribing Fruits And Veggies

Katherine O'Marra | NPR | July 24, 2013

Doctors typically give patients prescriptions for medications. But a new program in New York City has doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables to obese or overweight patients. Read More »

Open Access To Genomics May Spur Myeloma Therapy

Ben Guarino | Clinical Oncology | December 1, 2013

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation believes a new database—the Researcher Gateway—will revolutionize precision medicine for the disease Read More »

Open Access: What Every Researcher Should Know

Staff Writer | Scholarly Commons | December 10, 2012

Recently, a movement has grown up around the issue of open access to scholarly research. It’s likely that the debate surrounding this movement will have a profound effect on how the web is used for scholarly communications in the future. Read More »

Open Source Malaria Project Head Wins Accelerating Science Award

Belinda Smith | The Conversation | October 22, 2013

Dr Matthew Todd – leader of the Open Source Malaria consortium in Sydney, senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and Conversation author – was awarded one of three Accelerating Science Awards in Washington DC yesterday. Read More »

Open Source Urban Planning

Mikiyas Hailu | archmiki | October 22, 2012

If any one go to Google and look OPEN SOURCE the first definition form Wikipedia would tell him/her that ” open source is a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details”. It is common to think that open sourcing started as a result of the Internet... Read More »

Patients As Hamburgers

Joel Cooper | | January 23, 2013

Most of the doctors I know went into medicine because they really truly wanted to help people. But medicine, long honored as a calling as well as a profession, is facing some tough new challenges... Read More »