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In which I become an expert on global technology because I have an email address

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erolsThere are all sorts of ways to be recognized as an expert. Courts typically certify those who’ve published peer-reviewed literature, or who have years of experience, or who fulfill some other criteria. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t take that much.

From an email solicitation I received today:

I am calling on behalf of [redacted] an independent global research consultancy. We are conducting a survey of Opinion Leaders such as yourself to understand your views on a number of important issues related to how global technology companies are viewed and how they might better meet stakeholder expectations. You do not have to be actively involved in technology (ie : – IT/programming/Manufacture etc ) so long as you have some views on the subject such as ethically sourced materials for manufacture, energy efficiency & responsibilities to workforces.

Well, as many of my friends and family would agree, I certainly have some views on any number of subjects, so I should be OK here. I have views on proper capitalization, for example, and that would appear to be helpful in this case.

But it’s the next paragraph that really cements my status as an expert: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm

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Initial studies

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jcdrI’m going to refer to this as an initial study. It is, after all, by six people who seem to only have initials:

J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Jun;7(6):1099-101. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/5290.3056. Epub 2013 Jun 1.

Role of TSH on Urinary Calcium Excretion In Post Menopausal Women of South Indian Population.
G N, P V A, A R S, R R, M S, R S.
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September 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

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How do — and should — reporters use

with 4 comments have the privilege of speaking at a Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) workshop on public access to clinical trials in a few weeks. I’ve been asked to discuss how reporters can use, the NLM-run registry and results database, how they might use it better, and what sorts of improvements might help make the resources available there easier to use.

I’d like to hear, in comments or by email to ivan-oransky [at], ideas from my readers. I’m starting with just a few of my own: Read the rest of this entry »

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May 28, 2013 at 10:06 am

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Disease-mongering, vaseline, and cocaine: The medical journal penis news for February 4, 2013

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j sex medOh, the things you learn in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Here’s a sampling of recent studies.

The authors of “Fournier’s Gangrene Associated with Intradermal Injection of Cocaine” explain:

We sought to highlight the effects of cocaine use within the penis and emphasize the different effects that may ensue.

Disease-mongering comes to masturbation in “Impaired Masturbation-Induced Erections: A New Cardiovascular Risk Factor for Male Subjects with Sexual Dysfunction:” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ivanoransky

February 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

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September 11, 2001: A day in my life, 11 years later

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A 9/11/12 memorial to those Rescue One firefighters who died on 9/11. Their station is a few doors from my apartment building.

I’m not sure what prompted me to write this today, as opposed to the other ten September 11ths that we’ve observed since 2001. Mine was not even a minor September 11 story. I did not lose any close friends or family in the attacks. It’s the stories of those who died, those of their families — such as this one in yesterday’s Stamford Advocate, just to highlight one example — are the ones to pay attention to, as are those of the first responders who sacrificed everything. In contrast, this is my personal blog, and this was an opportunity to put down my thoughts. I’m planning to treat this as a work-in-progress, filling in and correcting details as needed, and doing some rewrites, so I look forward to feedback.

On the night of September 11, 2001, we got to the front of the line at Mama Buddha, on Hudson Street in Greenwich Village, just as they were taping a sign to their window saying they needed to close for a while. They seemed to be the only restaurant open for blocks. They’d been jammed with customers for hours, and the staff needed a break.

They looked at me, sweaty and wearing hospital scrubs, and then quietly asked how many in my party. I didn’t really think about why they were letting us in despite the sign, just said it was four or five. It was only as we were being seated that I realized I was being faced with an Ethicist-worthy question. Do I tell the hostess that I hadn’t actually been working at the hospital, as the staff obviously assumed from my scrubs, but had shown up only to be gratefully told I wasn’t needed?

We decided to stay. We were hungry, we weren’t taking food away from legitimate rescuers – the crowd looked to be locals who didn’t want to sit in their apartments – and I had tried to volunteer, after all. We figured we’d leave a big tip.

We did, and then we dispersed to various parts of Manhattan, me to Hell’s Kitchen, my friend Gady and the others to their hotels. We weren’t sure what was in store the next day, but we knew we’d need some rest. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

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Penis amputation and self-castration from marijuana-induced psychosis: Really?

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In February, I covered a case report about a transsexual woman who castrated herself when her insurance company wouldn’t pay for the procedure. Today, I have a sort of follow-up, about two self-mutilation cases that doctors are ascribing to a completely different reason: Pot-induced psychosis.

In one case, titled “A case of self amputation of penis by cannabis induced psychosis,” a group of doctors at Aligarh Muslim University in India

…present a case of a 35-year-old male who self mutilated his penis due to dependence on cannabis for the past few years that led to a condition called cannabis induced psychosis.

Here’s the authors’ evidence for why marijuana was to blame: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ivanoransky

August 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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Wanted for a clinical trial: Women who can urinate while lying on their backs

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I’ve brought you news of a woman giving birth in an MRI for science, which followed a description of an orgasm in an MRI and a couple having sex in such a device. (These studies, it should be noted, all involved different people.) Today I bring you the story of researchers who filled an obvious void in this research: A study of women peeing while in an MRI.

The study, “A Preliminary Report on the Use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Simultaneous Urodynamics to Record Brain Activity During Micturition,” was published last week in the Journal of Urology. Micturition, as you probably guessed, is a synonym for urination. What caught my eye was this, from the abstract: Read the rest of this entry »

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June 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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