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Comment: Re:NAFLD?! (Score 1) 76

by xanthines-R-yummy (#49148691) Attached to: Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes

Well, NAFLD is a real thing and related to NASH.

One issue I have, is that the very first sentence of the abstract is probably incorrect. NAFLD doesn't lead to diabetes, it's the other way around. In the full article, they back away from saying NAFLD causes diabetes and merely says they are related. The biggest problem, is that they used rats, and rats just don't get diabetes, NASH, or NAFLD (or heart disease either, for that fact), so they have to heavily heavily manipulate the rats' genetic background, as well as a ludicrous diet. I'm not saying their study is bad, but just that in a heavily modified animal model system, well... let's not break out the champagne and Noble prizes just yet. What might be more interesting is the chemistry involved to make a "safe" form of DNP. Don't tell the high school girls, they'll all want it!

The title of the Slashdot summary should really be edited to end with "... in rats."

Comment: Statistical lies and damned lies? (Score 2) 200

by xanthines-R-yummy (#48980685) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

The error range for the strenuous jogging group is absolutely huge and only represents 2 deaths out 36 (or 40, depending on which plot you're looking at). Yeah, the differences between strenuous jogging and sitting on your ass might be technically statistically significant, but are the numbers in these groups sufficient to tell if there's a difference, ie is the study sufficiently powered?

Comment: Re:FUD and kneejerk reactions (Score 4, Informative) 209

Yes, the National Institutes of Health already has an anonymized database of the health records from patients in their clinical trials and a company called Explorys (no, I don't work for them, either), is doing something similar on a larger scale across multiple hospital systems. Having CMS and HHS involved to add more data is definitely a good thing, if done correctly. Links below.

Comment: Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (Score 1) 1007

You obviously aren't aware of a tool called rhetoric. Using facts, logic, and argument are useful for rhetoric but not necessary. These people are using rhetoric (shockingly well, in some cases) and not interested in using facts, logic, and argument at all.

+ - Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Software development and IT remain common jobs among those in the higher brackets, although not the topmost one, according to a new study (with graph) commissioned by NPR. Among those earning between $58,000 and $72,000, IT was the sixth-most-popular job, while software developers came in tenth place. In the next bracket up (earning between $72,000 and $103,000), IT rose to third, with software development just behind in fourth place. As incomes increased another level ($103,000 to $207,000), software developers did even better, coming in second behind managers, although IT dropped off the list entirely. In the top percentile ($207,000 and above), neither software developers nor IT staff managed to place; this is a segment chiefly occupied by physicians (in first place), managers, chief executives, lawyers, and salespeople who are really good at their jobs. In other words, it seems like a good time to be in IT, provided you have a particular skillset."
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+ - Driven by care needs, will it be seniors who drive wider acceptance of robots?->

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel (2948665) writes "Tony Prescott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Sheffield Center of Robotics believes that the medical industry could be at the forefront of changing the public perception of robotics. Why? Because this is an industry that already understands how paramount it is, when dealing with the elderly, disabled and ill, to provide a service that is helpful, friendly and nonthreatening."
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