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Medicine

Submission + - Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "H. Gilbert Welch writes in the LA Times that the threshold for diagnosis has fallen too low with physicians making diagnoses in individuals who wouldn't have been considered sick in the past, raising healthcare costs for everyone. Welch, a a practicing physician and professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, says that part of the explanation is technological: diagnostic tests able to detect biochemical and anatomic abnormalities that were undetectable in the past. "But part of the explanation is behavioral: We look harder for things to be wrong. We test more often, we are more likely to test people who have no symptoms, and we have changed the rules about what degree of abnormality constitutes disease (a fasting blood sugar of 130 was not considered to be diabetes before 1997; now it is)." Welch says that the problem is that low thresholds have a way of leading to treatments that are worse than the disease and while clinicians are sued for failure to diagnose or failure to treat, there are few corresponding penalties for overdiagnosis or overtreatment so doctors view low thresholds as the safest strategy to avoid a courtroom appearance. "We are trained to focus on the few we might be able to help, even if it's only 1 out of 100 (the benefit of lowering cholesterol in those with normal cholesterol but elevated C-reactive protein) or 1 out of 1,000 (the benefit of breast and prostate cancer screening)," writes Welch. "But it's time for everyone to start caring about what happens to the other 999.""
Open Source

Submission + - Eclipse Foundation has much to lose in the Hudson (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: "InfoWorld columnist Savio Rodrigues notes that Oracle's hand-off — or perhaps dumping — of the open source Hudson project could be bad for the Eclipse Foundation by making Eclipse appear to be merely a dumping ground for unwanted open source projects, rather than as the central location for vibrant open source activities."

Submission + - Last major US record label is sold (google.com) 1

jmanforever writes: "Several sites are reporting that Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik has agreed to buy Warner Music Group for $3.3 billion. The deal means that every one of the big four record label groups will be foreign owned.
Can the RIAA explain again why it is in the best interest of the United States to collect performance royalties from American radio stations and internet streaming sites, then send the money to Tokyo, Paris, London and now Moscow?"

Submission + - Is Sugar Toxic? (nytimes.com)

a_hanso writes: From the NY Times: On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology.
Sony

Submission + - Sony Stores closed due to Anonymous protest. (psgroove.com)

j0ey2069 writes: "Today is the day of the "Sony Boycott" that was organized by the underground online group known as "Anonymous". However, the photographs below suggest that Sony is not taking the demonstrations lightly.
Reports are coming in that Sony stores across Europe are closed for the day and it can be speculated that the closings are in anticipation of the demonstrations. Shoppers are being greeted with signs which state: "We are sorry the Sony Centre is closed" "We will be open as soon as possible" and "CLOSED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES". Some of the stores are even being guarded by local Police and security guards. One can only imagine the amount of lost revenue due to these store closings."

Submission + - Judge Reveals Secret Righthaven Copyright Contract

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Joe Mullin writes in Paid Content that US District Judge Roger Hunt has unsealed the confidential agreement between Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal that has allowed Righthaven to sue over more than 250 charities, impoverished hobby bloggers, reporters, and the newspaper’s own sources for $150,000 each in damages and forfeiture of the sites' domain names, and the contents of the agreement could end up being ruinous for Righthaven’s campaign of copyright lawsuits. The problem is that Stephens Media, the company that owns the Las Vegas Review-Journal, didn’t actually assign any of the rights related to copyright to Righthaven except the right to sue—and that has been found in Silvers vs. Sony Pictures to be illegal under case law. In other words, none the important things that come with a copyright—such as the right to make copies of a work, or distribute it, or make “derivative works”—were handed off to Righthaven. Only the right to sue was given, and that makes the copyright transfer bogus, argue lawyers for the Democratic Underground who are being sued for one of its website users posting the first four paragraphs of a 34 paragraph story. “There is an old adage in the law that, if the facts are on your side, you pound on the facts. If the law is on your side, you pound on the law," says Judge Hunt who joins District Judge John Kane in becoming angry at Righthaven’s litigation behavior. "If neither the facts nor the law is on your side, you pound on the table. It appears there is a lot of table pounding going on here.”"
Intel

Submission + - Intel will support USB 3 alongside Thunderbolt (edibleapple.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Intel doesn’t see Thunderbolt, the blazingly fast transfer technology first introduced on the MacBook Pro back in February, as an exclusive competitor to USB 3. Rather, the company views the technologies as being complementary, according to Kirk Skaugen, the VP of Intel’s Architecture Group who relayed the message at Intel’s developer conference in Beijing this past Wednesday.

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