The U.S. and the World’s Recession
Roberto Rigobon somehow makes his audience laugh while summarizing preliminary research on worldwide inflation and recession, data that bring some grim tidings about our global economic state of health. (NB: Argentina and France get knocked about a bit in this talk.)
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Mission Control Operations
Chris Kraft manages to present in a single event the ultimate in engineering case studies, as well as an insider’s history of 20th century space missions and a pep talk for AeroAstro students. This blunt raconteur describes the challenges of the earliest space pioneers. His story begins with Project Mercury in the 19
The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution to the Healthcare Crisis
Don’t believe everything you learn in business school, cautions Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen. “It’s the principles of good management we teach that cause successful companies to fail.” In this meaty lecture, Christensen distills several books’ worth of research describing ho
Decline of infant mortality in England and Wales, 1871-1948 : a medical conundrum
This is a Web page detailing the context, range and availability of the 'Decline of Infant Mortality in England and Wales, 1871-1948: a Medical Conundrum' dataset hosted by the History Data Service (HDS), based at the UK Data Archive University of Essex (formerly part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service - AHDS). The data is available to order from the HDS as an excel file. From this Web page you may download a PDF of images of the study documentation. To make use of this dataset you must fir
Implementation of new EU regulations on GMO's
On the 30th March 2004, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) submitted a written consultation in order to gather stakeholders views on the compulsory implementation of two EU regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMO's). The two regulations were (EC) 1830/2003 on the Traceability and labelling of GMO's (the 'Traceability and Labelling Regulation') and (EC) 1829/2003 on Genetically Modified (GM) Food and Feed (the 'Food and Feed R
The PAZAR database unites independently created and maintained data collections of transcription factor and regulatory sequence annotation. PAZAR permits the representation of diverse information derived from experiments ranging from biochemical proteinDNA binding to cellular reporter gene assays. Data collections can be made available to the public, or restricted to specific system users. The system facilitates the analysis of genomics data and the creation of predictive models of gene regula
UK stem cell tool kit
The UK Stem Cell Tool Kit is a reference tool for those who wish to develop a programme of human stem cell research and manufacture, including clinical applications. Provided by the Medical Research Council (MRC) the Tool Kit can be viewed by regulatory routes in three different ways, either by map view, question view, or project view. Users can navigate their way through the regulations by responding to a series of key questions and building their own route map. Also available are s
Understanding Animal Research
Understanding Animal Research is a member organisation, founded in 2008 by bringing together two UK organisations, Research Defence Society and the Coalition for Medical Progress.‘Understanding Animal Research’ aims to “achieve understanding and acceptance of the need for humane animal research in the UK, by maintaining and building informed public support and a favourable policy climate for animal research.” This site provides information on the member organisations,
Small and Special
The Small and Special website provides free access to the results of a project into the early development of The Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, in London, which was England's first in-patient hospital for children. The project to analyse the patient registers of the hospital from 1852 to 1914 has been carried out in partnership with Kingston University and funded partly by the Wellcome Trust. Through this easy to use site it is possible to trace patients or members of staff a
Delta classic public health texts
This web site provides free access to full text PDFs of key works in the History of Public Health made possible by Delta Omega - the Honorary Society for graduate studies in Public Health, governed by the National Council. They are generally out of print, or not widely available in libraries. Included from the Nineteenth Century are On the mode of communication of cholera by John Snow, the Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Wendell Holmes, Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale as well as Re
Benefits and financial support
The benefits and financial support page of the UK government's Directgov website gives access to information on a range of benefits and how to claim them. The page includes details of: low income; bereavement; retirement; caring; workseekers; bringing up children; illness and injury; and disability benefits. A link is provided to the 'benefits adviser' which can be used to calculate entitlement to benefits by answering questions anonymously online.
Nursing & Midwifery Council : annual reports and statutory accounts
This page of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) website provides access to their annual reports and statutory accounts, which are available to download in PDF format. Included are: annual reports and accounts (2002-2003 onwards); the current NMC business plan (2009-2012) and previous business plans from 2004-2005 onwards. The Fitness to Practise annual reports which include statistics about fitness to practise hearings are only available via a login.
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee - Fourth Report : evidence check 2 : homeopathy
This publication House of Commons Science and Technology Committee - Fourth Report Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy was published in February 2010. Published by the Stationery Office, this is the second Evidence Check report and it examines the Governments policies on the provision of homeopathy through the National Health Service (NHS) and the licensing of homeopathic products by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This site provides access to the full-text rep
Vulnerable patients, safe doctors : good practice in our clinical relationships
This document is one in a series of College Reports (previously known as Council Reports) prepared and made available on the Web by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych). Published in 2007, this report focuses on the therapeutic relationship and places emphasis on the vulnerability of the patient and on the corresponding responsibility of the doctor to the patient. It sets out the principles that should underlie any therapeutic relationship, whether working with families, couples or indiv
Standards on the use of Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007) : version for England
This document is one in a series of College Reports (previously known as Council Reports) prepared and made available on the Web by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych). Published in 2008, this 66-page report was produced by a multi-agency group led by the RCPsych. It provides a set of standards giving guidance on the use of Section 136 (the only civil detention under the Mental Health Act) which gives the police powers to remove a person who appears to be suffering from mental disorder
Management of unerupted maxillary incisors
This guideline Management of unerupted maxillary incisors was published in April 2010 by the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England. This guideline considers diagnosis and management, incidence/prevalence, detection of causes of failure of eruption, examination, and management principles. References are provided.
American Academy of Ophthalmology : preferred practice patterns (PPPs)
Preferred Practice Patterns (PPPs) of quality eye care are developed by a panel of ophthalmologists and made available on the Web by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The PPPs can currently (June 2010) be browsed by the following subspecialties, cataract/anterior segment; glaucoma; cornea/external disease; comprehensive ophthalmology; retina/vitreous; refractive management/intervention; and paediatric ophthalmology/strabismus. PPPs are reviewed annually and are valid for five years from
Heatwave plan for England : protecting health and reducing harm from extreme heat and heatwaves
This Department of Health (DH) publication Heatwave plan for England: protecting health and reducing harm from extreme heat and heatwaves was published in March 2010. The plan aims to enhance resilience in the event of a heatwave. Additional DH documents on the topic of heatwave are also available from this site.
Management of patients with stroke : identification and management of dysphagia
Management of patients with stroke: identification and management of dysphagia is the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN's) 119th national clinical guideline, published in June 2010. This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the identification and management of dysphagia after stroke. The full-text guideline is available (49 pages) and there is a quick reference guide.
The great plant hunt
The Wellcome Trust commissioned and funded the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to create the Great Plant Hunt to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwins birth and to inspire young people about Darwins scientific ideas and their impact. The Great Plant Hunt is aimed at primary school children encouraging them to explore the natural world and collaborate with other schools in the largest ever school science project. Schools are tasked with setting up walks around their school grounds so that t