Archive for March, 2009

Red meat consumption increases the risk of early death

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Results from a huge study published in Archives of Internal Medicine have shown that consumption of a high level of red and processed meat is associated with a raised risk of early death. Men who ate the most red meat – roughly equivalent to a quarter pounder burger a day – were 31% more likely […]

British pharmacy offers morning after pill online

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Lloyds Pharmacy has become the first high-street chemist to offer the ‘morning after’ pill emergency contraception online. The pharmacy’s website gives the option to buy between one and three emergency contraception pills online, so women can be prepared prior to any accident. Users need to complete a confidential health questionnaire before completing an order, which […]

Religious people are just as reluctant to die as the rest of us

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

You’d think people with strong religious beliefs – which generally include belief in an afterlife – would be less perturbed about slipping of this mortal coil than the rest of us. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, however, has found that cancer patients who rely on their religion for […]

Connotea: Saving References Made Simple

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The Next Generation Science blog has just put up a guest post I wrote for them about the online reference management service Connotea.  Here’s an extract: Surfing the web, you come across a great journal article that you don’t have time to read immediately or think might come in useful when you’re writing your next […]

Women judged on their appearance are considered less competent

Friday, March 6th, 2009

A study published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology has found that women judged solely on their appearance are marked out as less competent than those judged on a broader basis. In this research, 133 undergraduates – 96 women and 37 men – were asked to judge either Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin […]