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Offline: Touch—the first language – The Lancet (free)

Related: Of Slide Rules and Stethoscopes: AI and the Future of Doctoring – The Hastings Center Report (free)


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Are zombie doctors taking over America? – TEDMED (free)

Source: MedPage Today

“Physician Zubin Damania, Director of Healthcare Development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, has a plan to fight back against a system that can dehumanize doctors and patients alike.”


The Future of OA: A large-scale Analysis Projecting Open Access Publication and Readership – bioRxiv (free PDF)

News Release: The Future of OA: A large-scale analysis projecting Open Access publication and readership – Our Research Blog (free)


“In 2019:

31% of all journal articles are available as OA

52% of all article views are to OA articles


Given existing trends, we estimate that by 2025:

44% of all journal articles will be available as OA

70% of all article views will be to OA articles”


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The Folly of Big Science Awards – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)


Podcast: In-Flight Emergencies

8 Oct, 2019 | 10:06h | UTC

I’ve noticed a change in my colleague’s behaviour. What should I do? – The BMJ (free) (via @brhospitalist)


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There’s a reason we don’t know much about AI – Politico (free)


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Poetry and Medicine: Dysthanasia

18 Sep, 2019 | 02:28h | UTC

Dysthanasia – JAMA (free for a limited period)


World Health Organization Campaign on World Patient Safety Day (free resources)

News Release: WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare (free)

See also: Patient Safety Fact Sheet (free) 10 facts on patient safety (free) AND The Lancet Editorial: Patient safety: too little, but not too late (free)


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2019 Ig Nobels Award Study That Found Surgeons Are Trained Better When Treated Like Dogs – (free)

See also: Training surgeons like dogs, icky money win 2019 Ig Nobels – Associated Press (free)

2018 Ig Nobel Awards: Ig Nobel Win for Kidney Stone Removing Roller-coaster (free commentaries)

Source: Training surgeons with clickers and warm scrotum studies win Ig Nobel awards – The BMJ ($)

“The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.” (from About the Ig Nobel Prizes, in Improbable Research)


Lazarus in asystole: a case report of autoresuscitation after prolonged cardiac arrest – European Heart Journal Case Reports (free)


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Key Concepts for Making Informed Choices

15 Aug, 2019 | 07:47h | UTC

Too Much Medicine: Not Enough trust?

11 Aug, 2019 | 22:18h | UTC

Too Much Medicine: Not Enough trust? – Journal of Medical Ethics (free)


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Doctors: How Job Stress Can Age Us

31 Jul, 2019 | 01:59h | UTC

Opinion: Mandate Vaccination with Care

29 Jul, 2019 | 20:01h | UTC

Harms from Uninformative Clinical Trials – JAMA (free)

“An uninformative trial is one that provides results that are not of meaningful use for a patient, clinician, researcher, or policy maker.”


How a data detective exposed suspicious medical trials – Nature (free)

Related: Dozens of recent clinical trials may contain wrong or falsified data (free study by John Carlisle)

“Anaesthetist John Carlisle has spotted problems in hundreds of research papers — and spurred a leading medical journal to change its practice.”


Korean Alcohol Guidelines for Moderate Drinking Based on Facial Flushing – Korean Journal of Family Medicine (free PDF)

“individuals with flushing reaction should maintain an alcohol consumption level half of that for non-flushers.”


For the sake of doctors and patients, we must fix hospital culture – The BMJ Opinion (free)

Related: Speaking up to prevent harm: A systematic review of the safety voice literature – Safety Science (free)

“When hospitals fail to create a culture where doctors and nurses can speak up patients pay the price.”


Viewpoint: Redefining the Physician’s Role in Cost-Conscious Care: The Potential Role of the Electronic Health Record – JAMA (free for a limited period)

“Displaying price information in EHRs could mark the next step in the transformation of the practice of medicine… The next generation of EHRs should include prices for the majority of medical products and services: medications, laboratory testing, surgical procedures, and physician visits.”


Physician Burnout: A Global Crisis

12 Jul, 2019 | 07:57h | UTC

To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over – NPR (free)

Related Video: How to create a better research poster in less time (including templates) (free)


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Meta-Research: A comprehensive review of randomized clinical trials in three medical journals reveals 396 medical reversals – eLife (free)

Commentaries: Almost 400 medical practices found ineffective in analysis of 3,000 studies – eLIFE (free) AND Hundreds of current medical practices may be ineffective – Medical News Today (free)


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Editorial: ICD 11

11 Jun, 2019 | 03:13h | UTC

ICD 11 – The Lancet (free)

Related: WHO: ICD-11 is Here! (free resources)


Perspective: The War to Free Science

11 Jun, 2019 | 03:11h | UTC

The war to free science – Vox (free)

Related: Plan S: Making Full and Immediate Open Access a Reality (free) AND Open Access 2018: A Year of Funders and Universities Drawing Lines in the Sand (free)

“How librarians, pirates, and funders are liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls.”


Opinion: The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“One resource seems infinite and free: the professionalism of caregivers.”


New preprint server for medical research – The BMJ (free)

See also: New preprint server for the health sciences announced today – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) (free) AND How to bring preprints to the charged field of medicine – Nature News (free)


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Does the news reflect what we die from? – Our World in Data (free)

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At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever – NPR (free)

See also: No Miracle Drug Should Cost $2.1 Million – Bloomberg Opinion (free) AND This New Treatment Could Save the Lives of Babies. But It Costs $2.1 Million. – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“The price set by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis may be the world’s highest for a single treatment — prompting renewed debate about how society will pay for gene-therapy breakthroughs.” (from the New York Times)


A Contrarian View of Digital Health – Quillette (free)


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Prevalence of Burnout in Medical and Surgical Residents: A Meta-Analysis – International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (free)

The aggregate prevalence of burnout was 51.0% among residents. Subgroup analysis by specialty showed that radiology (77.16%), neurology (71.93%), and general surgery (58.39%) were the top three specialties with the highest prevalence of burnout.


Here’s why moderate drinking is probably not good for you – The Guardian (free)

“The problem is that moderate drinking isn’t an isolated behavior. You can’t easily separate moderate drinking from the people who drink moderately, which means that you can’t easily identify whether it’s actually the alcohol that’s improving people’s health or something more complex.”


Opinion: How to Make Doctors Think About Death – The New York Times (10 articles per month are free)

“End-of-life treatment guidelines would help families, physicians and nurses confront the inevitable with care and compassion.”


What Are Polygenic Scores and Why Are They Important? – JAMA (free for a limited period)

Related: How Scientists are Learning to Predict Your Future with Your Genes (free)

“Before polygenic scores can be translated into clinical practice they will need to be extensively validated in clinical and population-based cohorts for their ability to predict meaningful outcomes that can be modified with intervention.”


Global expansion and redistribution of Aedes-borne virus transmission risk with climate change – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (free)

Commentaries: CHART: Where Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Will Go In The Future – NPR (free) AND Mosquito-spread diseases may endanger millions in new places due to climate change – The Guardian (free)

Related: Climate Change — A Health Emergency (free reports and commentaries on the subject)


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3 Ways AI is Already Changing Medicine

17 Mar, 2019 | 18:16h | UTC

The Case for Being a Medical Conservative – The American Journal of Medicine (free for a limited period)


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Comparative Accuracy of Diagnosis by Collective Intelligence of Multiple Physicians vs Individual Physicians – JAMA Network Open (free)

Editorial: Collective Intelligence for Clinical Diagnosis—Are 2 (or 3) Heads Better Than 1? (free)


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