http://xkcd.com/1526/ via xkcd.com
But first!!! Email from the CMO of UUH: Procalcitonin now available for ED testing to evaluate for Sepsis/SIRS. Essential Evidence Plus What sort of article are we reading - how should we prepare? JAMA Site - Rational Clinical Examination Series Physical Examination and Lab Tests as Diagnostic Tests Systematic Review Validity …
A great review of expertise and its relationship to evidence.
An interesting oral history of evidence-based medicine by the folks who started it all. http://ebm.jamanetwork.com/
While reading over an analysis of decades-old studies of LSD as a treatment for alcoholism last week, I found that the so-called number needed to treat was 6 to prevent alcohol misuse. In other words, treat six people and one would benefit. via http://www.npr.org Golly - it's only taken...what...20 years to make headlines?
A great video on the American Healthcare System. Huge, illogical variation of care - we've been saying it for years... http://video.pbs.org/video/2198039605
What's the Big Idea? via bigthink.com A great quote from the cognitive researcher interviewed in this article: "We can study cars and all their physical relationships and know exactly how they work. It in no way prepares us to understand traffic when they all get together and start interacting." Co-opted: "We can understand leptin and …