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Science Policy Around the Web – May 31, 2012

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By: Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

Young Scientists Embrace Crowdfunding – Can’t get a small grant to do your research?  Some researchers are bypassing the government funding system and asking for money right from the source:  the public.  And it’s working.  Welcome to the world of “crowdfunding”, where personal letters of thanks, progress videos, and other small thank-you gifts are funding scientific research.  (By Kelly Slivka via the New York Times)

Health System Measurement Project – A new (and surprisingly fun and easy-to-use) database has come online with detailed, quantitative info on the US health care system, patients, and money spent.  “HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has developed the Health System Measurement Project to ensure a robust monitoring system through which people inside and outside government can assess how the system is doing and identify areas that need improvement.”

When Is It Ethical To Prescribe Placebos? – Is it ethical to give some patients medication that has no pharmacological effect but which might make the patient feel better?  Anne Barnhill suggests that the American Medical Association’s current guidelines on prescribing placebos prevent physicians from best serving their patients.  “If the best available treatment is sometimes an undisclosed placebo,” she writes, “then the AMA’s policy prohibits physicians from offering the best available treatment in some cases.”  The full article can be found online here. (via the Hastings Center Report)

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May 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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