Scepticemia: Nominated for the Indibloggers Award 2017

After seven years of blogging, and once winning the Indiblogger of the Year award for medical blogs, here I am again, back in reckoning! Although I am not too hopeful considering that I have not really blogged much in the past year, I take this excuse to show off the blogging nomination!

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Demonization of Doctors: #jesuisasur

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The Durga Puja is not just a religious ceremony for Bengalis. To them, it is a cultural extravaganza, a carnival, and a riot of happiness that knows no caste, creed, color, religion or political affiliations. So, naturally, this has become an extremely lucrative opportunity to be exploited for economic gains by multiple stakeholders. The norm…

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Cochrane Presents Interactive Learning Courses

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Cochrane is a British non-profit, non-governmental organization formed to organize medical research findings so as to facilitate evidence-based choices about health interventions faced by health professionals, patients, and policy makers. They have recently circulated a press release outlining their new interactive learning courses which seem very interesting to me. Check out the details of the…

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Research Mentorship for MBBS/MD Students in India: The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Program

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There are very limited opportunities for Indian medical students and even residency trainees, to engage in high quality mentorship program focusing on development of research skills. The newly launched DIPS program is one such. I am reproducing the content from the India Alliance website below. You can check their site out here. Rapid developments in…

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My first Postcrossing Postcard receipt, from the Netherlands

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I loved collecting stamps when I was a kid! I had three albums chock-full of stamps. But then, life happened, and somehow, I kind of drifted away, and ended up not visiting the albums forever. But, I guess the nerdy liking of stamps never really went away. So, when I was in Europe last year,…

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Condemning Predatory Journals/Publishers: Nature

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This week’s Nature has run yet another publication condemning the evil of predatory publication. However, there is a twist in the tale as the authors have found that authors from high-income countries also publish in these journals quite often! A group of authors spent a whole year combing through 2000 articles published in 200 potentially…

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Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics

As the news trickles in about the raging cholera outbreak in Yemen, and an emerging outbreak is being dealt with urgently in North-Eastern Nigeria, we are more frequently being confronted with the uncomfortable question of leveraging these situations to conduct clinical research activities. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have come out…

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Moving Home: From WordPress.com to Self-Hosted WordPress.org

I know I have not been very active on the blog, but the few remaining readers may have noted that the looks of this blog has changed significantly over the last week or so. That is because I have decided to shift bases. After almost seven years of blogging on the free, hosted WordPress.com platform,…

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