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Thanks for reading my post. Former New York Times journalist David Shipler has an entire chapter devoted to the economic ramifications of... more »
Excellent series of posts as always. Although this issue is in some ways secondary to the point, part of the problem is that scientists have few... more »
Lynne Peeples had a good take on the health hazards of dust storms resulting from the drought. Dust storms spread everything from soil-borne... more »
Nathanael,  The second part of this column contains a link to Brandt's seminal paper. Medicalization is a concept and as you say, may... more »
There are some that decry the increasing "medicalization of society" in which formerly natural functions have come to be regarded as medical... more »
While banning large sugary drinks is a great public health story the flip side is when does the government turn into Big Brother? People... more »
Ms. Palumbo makes an excellent point when suggesting other scientists besides the authors should also be used as sources. This is particularly... more »
As a freelance journalist it is tough on the budget when research is behind a paywall and I won't write about it if I can't read the full paper... more »
Another good resource for understanding science papers can be found here along with tips on understanding epi data. http://www.virology.ws/2012... more »
Thank you for highlighting this situation. I think the context of this second post is indeed key in putting this particular SLAP in context.... more »

Kate Benson's Blog

A few weeks ago Slate writer Brian Palmer accused New York Times writer Jane Brody of using a red... more »
posted 08/27/13
Reporting on evidence-based medicine is tricky. Interviewing outside researchers who study the... more »
posted 02/19/13
The psychiatric world is close to receiving an updated version of their “Bible.” Officially known... more »
posted 12/19/12

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Posted by bekate | Friday, 2012-10-26, 08:30
Thanks for reading my post. Former New York Times journalist David Shipler has an entire...
Posted by bekate | Tuesday, 2012-08-28, 07:45
Excellent series of posts as always. Although this issue is in some ways secondary to the point,...
Posted by bekate | Sunday, 2012-08-19, 07:14
Lynne Peeples had a good take on the health hazards of dust storms resulting from the drought....

Kate Benson's Work

Cutting edge technology may be the game changer in controversial disease.

The association of a murine retrovirus with ME/CFS appears to be no longer viable, but many of the researchers who can't find XMRV in patients still believe that other viruses are at play.