11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine – Some parts of this article are a little unnecessarily alarmist in favor of old remedies, but it’s still neat to see how our medicine cabinets and doctors offices have evolved.
Humans aren’t so special after all: The fuzzy evolutionary boundaries of Homo sapiens – “Ever since Darwin, the researchers who study human evolution have been preoccupied with the characteristics that set humans apart from the other great apes: our large brains, bipedalism, hunting, abstract thought, and the use of technology. It’s long been assumed that these features came bundled together, according to William Kimbel, Director of Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins. Kimbel conducts fieldwork studies in East Africa in search of the origins of our species, and he thinks that shedding the assumption of the ‘package deal’ can open up new clues about the origin of our lineage.” From CriticalDragon1177.
A Physician Asks: Is Being Black Bad For Your Health? – “As a medical student, Damon Tweedy noticed that many of the diseases he learned about in class were more prevalent among black people than white people, and that the black patients often fared worse than their white counterparts. Tweedy, now a psychiatrist and the author of the memoir Black Man in a White Coat, theorizes that those differences spring from the fact that many black patients feel shut out and distrustful of a health care system that has a history of mistreating them.”
If Only One-third of Published Psychology Research is Reliable, Now What? – “Journals prefer to publish novel, cutting-edge research. And professional advancement is determined by making new discoveries, not painstakingly confirming claims that are already on the books. As one of our colleagues recently put it, ‘Running replications is fine for other people, but I have better ways to spend my precious time.’ “