Medescape

Skepticism, Medicine and Science News

Nanoparticles help fight cancer

A recently published study shows that nanoparticles can be effective in drug delivery and imaging of tumors.

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September 30, 2008 Posted by | Medicine | , , , , | 1 Comment

Not so light cigarettes

A new study was just published showing that there is very little difference between “light” and ordinary cigarettes in that they deliver nearly equal amounts of nicotine to the brain. 

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September 30, 2008 Posted by | Medicine | , , , , | Leave a comment

Expelled Exposed

Anybody who has not visited Expelled Exposed yet should do so. It clearly shows how Ben Stein and his minions twist and lie about the facts in his movie Expelled. In doing so, it also explains a lot of the aspects of evolution science.

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September 30, 2008 Posted by | Evolution, Creationism and ID, General Skepticism | , , , , | Leave a comment

New cancer study

A new study looking into the relationship between overexpression of epidermal growth factor receptors and pancreatic cancer was just published. The study found that a drug, called erlotinib, that effectively blocks the EGFRs, was effective in treating pancreatic cancer in mice. The drug induced apoptosis and reduced angiogenesis in tumors. The full study can be found here.

September 29, 2008 Posted by | Medicine | , , | Leave a comment

Ig Nobels

The Ig Nobels are coming up! The award ceremony will take place on next Thursday, and you can watch it live from 00:30 GMT (02:30 in Norway, be sure to have some coffee at the ready) here.

September 28, 2008 Posted by | Other | , | Leave a comment

The 13 million-digit prime

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (or GIMPS) just found a prime number with 13 million digits. Continue reading

September 28, 2008 Posted by | Math | , | Leave a comment

The Discovery Substitute

Discovery Institute is a nonpartisan public policy think tank conducting research on technology, science and culture, economics and foreign affairs.

Well, not really…. They have a fancy web site, but they don’t really give a damn about science, evidence or logic. This is exemplified by one of their bloggers Casey Luskins later posts.

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September 28, 2008 Posted by | Evolution, Creationism and ID, General Skepticism | , , , , | Leave a comment

Evolution in a nutshell

This is an old video, but I nevertheless thought I would post it here and try to explain why it is just total bs.

So, basically this guy Chuck Missler just doesn’t know the first thing about evolution or logic, and here’s why:

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September 27, 2008 Posted by | Evolution, Creationism and ID, General Skepticism | , , | Leave a comment

Welcome

Welcome to Medescape!

I’ve thought about starting a blog for some time now, and finally got around to do it. My plan is to mainly write about medicine and science news, but other stuff might slip in also if I feel like it.  I’ll try to post something every day, but since I’m currently in what I like to call the prime of my life (ie a student), I’ll have to spend a lot of time at the university library preparing for my exams… Oh, wait, did i say exam preparations? I of course meant partying like crazy…ish…ehm… 

 

So, since it’s kinda lateish, I’ll just start off with some light reading. For a first post, I imagine this is perfect. What can I say, it’s medicine, a bit of science and a lot of other stuff in one article! So basically a man having a circumcision woke up without his penis. Sounds terrible, but it turned out the doctors discovered a life-threatening tumor during his surgery, and decided to just chop it of when he was under. Still, I think that in hindsight, it might have been a better idea to wake him up and inform the guy before removing his whole thing. It all depends on how the surgeons evaluated the tumor however, but the article doesn’t really give that many details about this aspect. 

And this being in America, the guy naturally sued the doctors. At least this is a little worse than some light burns from a, go figure, hot cup of Starbucks coffee…

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Other | , | Leave a comment