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Comment Re:Stockholm is an outlier? (Score 1) 159

The article says:

The “core” typically sits beneath the city’s center, and its stations usually form a ring shape.

Note that it doesn't say "loop" anywhere. So I gather they don't mean a central loop line like the moscow subway system. If you think of it more like a geographical grouping of the core stations in a ring shape, I'd say (squinting my eyes a bit) there's an embryo of it in Stockholm city between Slussen, Fridhemsplan and Östermalmstorg with T-centralen in the middle. Here's the map, btw...

Comment Re:A doctor's opinion (Score 1) 211

Correct, that is pretty much how it works here too. So in practice it is for the most part an issue of availability anyway. I don't know yet how they specifically plan to go about in the cases where access actually could be expected to harm the patient (really only an issue in psychiatry settings, I imagine)

Comment A doctor's opinion (Score 1) 211

I am a doctor (although currently in a very junior position), and my employer, the local public health care provider, is planning on making patient records public in the very near future. (Link in Swedish, use google translate) For this reason, I have given this a bit of thought. From the larger perspective, I am all for empowering patients to access their records. The main argument against it, as I see it, is that there is a certain group of patients, maybe 1-2 %, where this hypothetically might become a problem. These are the patients who come from a position where they already have established a mistrust of healthcare providers, often (but not always) because of real or perceived mistreatments. There is a tendency among these patients to interpret everything said and done during their dealings with health care professionals in the worst possible way, reinforcing their distrust of health care in general. Having these people access their medical records, with all the latin, medical lingo and outright physician slang therein, could, I imagine, further fuel a feeling that something is going on behind their backs, which I believe is what is often at heart of the problem. On the other hand, you could also argue that it would have the opposite effect, reinstating a feeling of control in these patients when they realize that their doctor didn't write such horrible things in the journal about them as they might have imagined.

As for being a game changer, as some other people has suggested, I personally think this will have little impact on the whole. Really, as a doctor, believe me: we don't habitually hide things from our patients, as some people seem to believe! The kind of people who would use the info from their records to surf the web to find alternative treatments for their diseases etc., know all the meaningful facts even today from just discussing with their doctor. Knowing exactly how high their hemoglobin count was two months ago, and what exact differential diagnoses their doctor considered and decided to document last week, is hardly going to change that -- they would already have asked the right questions. Furthermore, the people who are overly respectful of white coats, have language issues and so forth, who could be considered most in need of information empowerment, is probably those who will make the least use of this service.

Comment The headline is somewhat misleading (Score 4, Informative) 68

The headline is somewhat misleading, it should say: "Synthetic Skin Could Replace Animal Subjects IN COSMETICS TESTING, SPECIFICALLY DERMATOLOGICAL PRODUCTS". For medical applications we are very far from such a breakthrough, owing mostly to the immense complexity of large biological systems, such as a living animal or human being. For the vast majority of animal testing, this might at best result in a reduced need for small pieces of skin tissue for basic research in laboratory settings, which is hardly the problem anyway.


Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones" 106

timothy writes "As places to study what happens to corpses, the Atlantic Ocean is both much larger and much more specialized than the famous 'body farm' in Knoxville, TN. But for all kinds of good reasons, sending human bodies into Davy Jones' locker just to see where they float and how they bloat is unpopular. Pigs don't pay taxes, and more importantly, they don't vote. So Canadian scientists have taken to using them as human-body proxies, to study what happens when creatures of similar size and hairlessness (aka, us) end up 86ed and in the drink."
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Duke Nukem Forever Not Dead? (Yes, This Again) 195

kaychoro writes "There may be hope for Duke Nukem Forever (again). 'Jon St. John, better known as the voice of Duke Nukem, said some interesting words during a panel discussion at the Music and Games Festival (MAGFest) that took place January 1 – 4 in Alexandria, Virginia, according to Pixel Enemy. Answering a question from the crowd regarding DNF, St. John said: "... let me go ahead and tell you right now that I'm not allowed to talk about Duke Nukem Forever. No, no, don't be disappointed, read between the lines — why am I not allowed to talk about it?"'"

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