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This week in medicine

September 25th, 2008

Welcome to my as-yet-unnamed weekly podcast on what's happening in the world of medicine. This is still in the development phase, so any and all comments appreciated.

Links to the stories covered in this podcast are as follows:

PSA testing and prostate cancer incidence

http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/articles/e8/0c05a0e8.asp

http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/189_06_150908/smi11458_fm.html

Chlamydia vaccine and calls for screening

http://www.6minutes.com.au/dirplus/images/6minutes/newspluspharma/16_09_2008.pdf

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/09/15/2364820.htm?site=science&topic=latest

Lifestyle factors affect mortality in middle-aged women

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/337/sep16_2/a1440

Acupuncture as good as conventional therapy in reducing side effects of breast cancer treatment

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/544330/?sc=sphr

Maternal flu vaccine good for newborns

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0708630?query=TOC

The Art of Persuasion

May 12th, 2008

Persuasion is an art. Some people are masters of it – no matter what the odds against them getting their way, they somehow manage to always pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. Others are not so good – they flounder around and hit brick walls at every turn.

So what makes the difference between success and failure in the practice of persuasion? A lot of research has gone into this question – a good proportion of it conducted or sponsored by marketing companies. New Scientist has pulled together a quick guide on how to influence people and get what you want.

Hormones on the trading floor

April 20th, 2008

The fortunes of world markets are dictated not by interest rates or the rise and fall of businesses ... it's all about hormones.

My first podcast

April 20th, 2008

Just testing, so don't hold the the lack of polish against me.