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There is now an argument circulating that there has never been a systematic investigation as to what forms of medical research are the most effective. That is to say, how do we know whether e.g. non-human or human or computer model approaches are more reliable for any given area of medical research. (As an extra wrinkle, sharing data apparently rather rare in medical research, leading to duplication, inconsistency, omission etc.)

In the UK, LibDem MP Bob Russell has now co-sponsored a so-called 'Early Day Motion' to the House of Commons (EDM 475):

"That this House believes that the safety of medicines should be established by the most reliable methods available in order to reduce the large and increasing toll of serious adverse drug reactions; and calls on the Government to initiate a comparison of currently required animal tests with a set of human biology-based tests, as proposed in the Safety of Medicines (Evaluation) Bill 2009, to see which is the most effective means to predict the safety of medicines for patients."

Conservative MP David Amess is sponsoring the Safety of Medicines Bill 2010-11, which aims to ensure more rigourous standards for putting medicines on the market.

If you have a UK MP, you can use this simple web site: http://www.writetothem.com/ to contact your them about EDM 475 and the Safety of Medicines Bill 2010-11.
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
I have a colleague who is an academic working on links between different forms of oppression.

Her background is researching violence against women, and working with women victims of violence.

She's interested in connecting with anyone explicitly using the experiences of movements such as the feminist and anti-racist movements as practical models for other (younger?) equality movements.

Share constructive ideas below?
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
I hear that the Mayo Clinic has news on light box being studied as a therapy for depression http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/light-therapy/MY01086 and that they have a good set of pages about light therapy in general http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/light-therapy/MY00195

[Thanks to http://vgnwtch.livejournal.com/ for the tip.]
purpletigron: In profile: Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts from Dr Who (Default)
Noise from night flying around airports disrupts the sleep of thousands of people. Research suggests that few people get enough sleep to be at their best, and that eight uninterrupted hours is the average sustainable minimum.

The Government are currently consulting on restrictions on night flights at Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow. Friends of the Earth think that the Government should:
o Cut all noise levels to WHO guidelines by 2011.
o Extend the period when night flight restrictions apply to at least eight hours.
o Apply night flying regulations to all airports.
o Work towards a European ban on night flights.

Go to http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/transport/press_for_change/night_flights_2/index.html
and tell them what you think!

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