Author: vulgavis

Research into wellness for refugees (and the rest of us)

This blog was crossposted from SpringerOpen blog In step with the UN’s solidarity theme, the investigative focus of the papers below extends to the wellbeing of other people in humanitarian crises, as well as the aid workers who may walk alongside displaced people and who face a constellation of complex issues. Here are synopses of several important papers with links to full texts, always free to read. Palliative care amid crisis Ten authors joined forces to augment our understanding of a topic that’s vastly important, though often difficult to think about. First comes a systematic review of the literature...

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Reasons to be resolute but optimistic on World Refugee Day 2018

Two rescued refugees anticipating arrival in Italy. Dr Craig Spencer. Recently, Italian Foreign Minister Matteo Salvini went to the docks of Sicily and spoke to 158 refugees disembarking from an MSF rescue ship. He said to them, “The good times for illegals are over” and “get ready to pack your bags.” One of my former students was working on that ship and wrote me that day. He had spoken to a refugee woman who had been trafficked and raped uncountable times. He had seen signs of torture on many of these people, and was very upset by the behavior...

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When real-time looks more benign: Fouls in slo-mo are penalized more severely by soccer referees

This blog was written by Stephan Lewandowsky and crossposted from the Psychonomic Society’s blog. Those of you who are soccer fans may find the following passage easy to follow: “In a new age for football, AZ had a goal against Cambuur disallowed for a foul on the keeper after the decision was reviewed. Stijn Wuytens thought he had won the game for his side only to be called back after replays showed a foul by Levi Garcia on Leonard Nienhuis.” Translation to follow, but let’s first look at the video that captured this event: [embedded content] Now to the translation:...

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Using social media in medicine to your advantage, with care!

Personal learning networks, remote learning and early access Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) has the power to facilitate global conversations about the latest medical practice and literature. It allows anyone to follow conferences remotely (but in real time), helps users develop professional networks and friendships and can consolidate information with colleagues at home and abroad. There are enumerate conferences and symposia to choose from these days, and that choice often becomes impossible due to the sheer diversity. Following attendees using meeting hashtags permits in real-time remote access to the meeting, viewed through their interest / opinion spectrum. Such...

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Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM): the new way to keep up-to-date

Old versus new media With the rapid expansion of digital media worldwide, it is unsurprising that the medical literature has followed suit. Although similarities exist, there are inherent differences between traditional, printed media and the new digital platform. The quality of traditional media is mediated by publishers, with peer reviewers selected from a pool of ‘experts’. Publishing via this route is expensive and access is limited to those paying the necessary subscription fees (limited receivers). Another aspect regularly debated and often objected to, is the time taken for information to reach readers. Once published and printed, articles available remain...

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