Thursday, February 3, 2011

Editor's Selections: Iron Deficiencies, the Slave Trade, Waste Management, and Neuroscience for Beginners

It's still snowy in the north--but it seems that it's now snowy in much of the country as well! Stay safe and warm with these social sciences selections:
  • As Kate Clancy of Context and Variation informs female readers: if your doctor is telling you that you have an iron-deficiency as a result of your menses without having tested you, get a second opinion. The problem may be a gastrointestinal disease that may go untreated as a result of gender bias in medicine.
  • Dirk Hanson traces smoking and the slave trade at Addiction Inbox. Dirk neatly summarizes the ways that tobacco found its way into this economic system.
  • At An Ecological Oratorio, David Buss explores the the outcomes of waste management in Brazil. David describes the assorted afflictions reported by Brazilian scavengers, who comb the open dumps daily as a means of employment.
  • Bradley Voytek of Oscillatory Thoughts has some handy pointers for dissecting science in the media, as well as how to think about science when you pose questions. Bradley's post is an excellent exercise in thinking through the meanings underlying the information shared by the science-oriented media.
I'll be back next Thursday with more research from the social sciences.

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