Why You Need To Be Critical

There is much that has been said throughout the centuries in praise of critical thinking. The methodology named after Greek philosopher Socrates—the Socratic method—is one of the earliest critical thinking instruction tools known to man. Centuries later, Roman Emperor Marcus “The Philosopher” Aurelius would warn in his meditations that, “Everything we hear is an opinion, […]

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Changes to public health bodies must be based on evidence and reflection, not scapegoating

The chaos caused by coronavirus will last far beyond the discovery of effective medical treatments. Our social and political structures have been tested and, in many instances, found to be unprepared for this pandemic. It is therefore not surprising that questions have been asked of official bodies such as the World Health Organization and, in […]

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ACP, AAFP release new guideline for treatment of non-low back pain

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) today released a new clinical guideline recommending that physicians treat acute pain from non-low back musculoskeletal injuries with topical NSAIDs, with or without menthol gel, as first-line therapy. The new, evidence-based, joint guideline was published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. […]

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Social connection boosts fitness app appeal

New research led by Flinders University Ph.D. candidate Jasmine Petersen examining commercial physical activity apps has found that the social components of these apps hold great potential to increase physical activity engagement. Sharing physical activity outcomes and progress to app communities and social networking platforms provides the necessary encouragement for people to engage more enthusiastically […]

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People with autoimmune diseases: Keep taking your meds during the pandemic

People with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus often take medicines that suppress their immune system as part of their regular treatment. In a new editorial in Australian Prescriber, Associate Professor Phillip Robinson and Dr. Evan Bursle from the University of Queensland advise people with autoimmune diseases to keep taking their medicines as […]

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Differences in blood biomarkers in people with genetic risk of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have conducted the largest study to date on a wide range of common blood biomarkers and show clear differences in people at genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The research—published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and using data from nearly 400,000 people in the UK Biobank—found relatively-large associations […]

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