“Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Author Appearance ~ February 26

The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research presents an evening with Rebecca Skloot, author of the award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, who will present a lecture and discussion about her book. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m. on February 26, at Hill Auditorium. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. There has been a tremendous initial response to this event, so register today.

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Initial Comment on the Reporting of the Organic Farming Meta-Analysis

A meta-analysis about the health benefits of organic farming was reported through various media news sites (such as The New York Times) and commented on by a skeptical websites and social media outlets.  For example, Steve Novella wrote about it in Science Based Medicine and concluded:

The recent review of organic vs conventional produce agrees with previous systematic reviews that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that organic produce is healthier or more nutritious that conventional produce. Despite the scientific evidence, the alleged health benefits of organic produce is the number one reason given by consumers for buying organic. This likely represents the triumph of marketing over scientific reality.

As many of you know, we had a meet-up back in February to discuss organic farming.  We had UM Professor, Dr. Catherine Badgley, help foster a conversation that consisted of a Q & A about the science behind organic farming practices.  You can listen to our conversation here.

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Download Now – Dr. Simon Lunn “Stem Cell Research”

This is the audio recording of the 06/16 meetup with Dr. Simon Lunn.  The topic for the get-together was about stem cell research, and in particular how it’s being studied for therapeutic treatments for neurological diseases like ALS.

In this casual group conversation, Dr. Lunn provided a really thorough overview of the topic, particularly about the types of stem cells, how they grow in the lab, are extracted and injected into patients.

Meet-Up (06/16) – “Stem Cell Research”

The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are having a meet-up on Saturday, June 16th from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

Our special guest will be Dr. Simon Lunn, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lunn’s research interests focus on the mechanisms of neurological disease, such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”  Dr. Lunn is part of the Stem Cell Initiative.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we’ll start the informal Q & A at approximately 5:30pm.

RSVP here.

Museum of Natural History: “Eye Dissection: A Hands-On Demonstration”

This weekend, the Museum of Natural History is hosting a lecture and demonstration about the human eye.  This event will feature hands-on demonstrations and is suitable for adults and children, ages 5 and up!

From the website:

Have you ever wondered what makes our eyes work or how we see? We’ll dissect a cow’s eye to take a closer look at the organ that helps us see the world. How is it similar to and different from our eyes, and those of other animals? Learn the parts of the eye and how they work together to illuminate our sight. While exploring the lens, we’ll also talk about why some of us need glasses and how we can keep our eyes and our vision healthy.

There are three presentations:

REVIEW: Ask the Podcast Doctor

I know that with over a billion podcasts to choose from, and only a few spare hours a week to listen to them, the last thing you need is a podcast recommendation.

However, the good news is that the podcast that I’m recommending to you is only a weekly 5 to 7 minute podcast, and the ‘even better news’ is that I don’t think you need to listen to every episode.

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