By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Less is Better: Taking Heat for Cancer Screening Advice – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has taken a lot of heat lately. “For much of its 27-year history, it helped convince millions of Americans to get screened early for disease. Now the panel of primary care doctors, nurses and academics has reviewed a growing body of research that shows some early screening harms more people than it helps. But it has struggled to convince patients and doctors.” A great article on how the wrong wording and public confusion can swamp a solid scientific message. (By Alina Selyukh via Reuters)
President’s Bioethics Commission Concludes – A Presidential Commission has concluded that current US regulations provide adequate protection for human subjects in government-funded research. Unethical research such as the Public Health Service’s experiments in Guatamala in the 1940s could never be replicated today. “However, the…investigation covers only federally funded research. Issues relating to research funded by the pharmaceutical or other industries, or by non-governmental organisations, were not considered at all.” Given that the most dangerous research (clinical trials) are often funded by industry and have an inherent conflict of interest, this could be a significant oversight, says Emma Veitch on the Speaking of Medicine blog.
Greener commute routes could significantly cut emissions – In detailed, computer simulations of traffic in upstate New Yorks Buffalo Niagara region, University of Buffalo researchers Adel Sadek and Liya Guo found that green routing could reduce overall emissions of carbon monoxide by 27 percent for area drivers, while increasing the length of trips by an average of just 11 percent. (By Charlotte Hsu via Futurity.org)
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