Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tall Tale America

Tall Tale America gives a legendary history of our humorous heroes.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Teaching a Pig to Sing

Urban folklore in the workplace, documenting office memoranda, parodies, cartoons, and poems that daily make their way through copy machines, interoffice mail systems, and fax machines and are affixed to bulletin boards and water coolers.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

What is the Turing Test?

The Turing test is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. It is the gold standard test to see if robots or chatbox machines are able to pose as human through their conversation. This test was first introduced by Alan Turing in 1950.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Adverse Effects of Statins - Myths and Reality.

BACKGROUND: Statins reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity as well as cardiovascular events in moderate to high risk patients. However, there are many concerns that their adverse effects might compromise their proven beneficial effects.

QUESTION: are statins more harmful than beneficial?

RESULTS: this review article concludes the following:

    • myopathy
    • rhabdomyolysis
    • reversible increased activity of liver function tests
    • small increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus
    • adverse renal effects
    • decrease cardiovascular events
    • can improve hepatic steatosis
    • protect against renal dysfunction
    • possible beneficial effect on cancer
    • possible beneficial effect in preventing dementia

    • Systematic reviews and clinical guidelines suggest that the cardiovascular benefits of statins by far out-weight non-cardiovascular harms in patients with cardiovascular risk.

Curr Pharm Des. 2014 Oct 13;