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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

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English

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393

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January 28, 2010

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥淭he story of modern medicine and bioethics鈥攁nd, indeed, race relations鈥攊s refracted beautifully, and movingly.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM HBO廬聽STARRING OPRAH WINFREY AND ROSE BYRNE聽鈥?ONE OF THE 鈥淢OST INFLUENTIAL鈥?(CNN), 鈥淒EFINING鈥?(<i>LITHUB</i>), AND 鈥淏EST鈥?(<i>THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER</i>) BOOKS OF THE DECADE 鈥?WINNER OF THE <i>CHICAGO TRIBUNE </i>HEARTLAND PRIZE FOR NONFICTION </b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>The New York Times Book Review聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>O: The Oprah Magazine聽</i>鈥⒙燦PR 鈥⒙?lt;i>Financial Times聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>New York聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Independent聽</i>(U.K.) 鈥⒙?lt;i>Times聽</i>(U.K.) 鈥⒙?lt;i>Publishers Weekly聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Library Journal聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Booklist聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Globe and Mail</i></b><br /><br />Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells鈥攖aken without her knowledge鈥攂ecame one of the most important tools in medicine: The first 鈥渋mmortal鈥?human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb鈥檚 effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.聽<br /><br />Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.<br /><br />Henrietta鈥檚 family did not learn of her 鈥渋mmortality鈥?until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family鈥攑ast and present鈥攊s inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.聽<br /><br />Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family鈥攅specially Henrietta鈥檚 daughter Deborah. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn鈥檛 her children afford health insurance?聽<br /><br />Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down,聽<i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i>聽captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

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423

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May 15, 2018

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<b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence</b><b><br /></b>"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs <i>The Book of Why</i>.<br /><br /><br />
Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Hu...
by Eric Topol

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English

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341

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March 12, 2019

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<b>A <i>Science Friday </i>pick for book of the year, 2019</b><b><br /></b><b>One of America's top doctors reveals how AI will empower physicians and revolutionize patient care </b> <br /> Medicine has become inhuman, to disastrous effect. The doctor-patient relationship--the heart of medicine--is broken: doctors are too distracted and overwhelmed to truly connect with their patients, and medical errors and misdiagnoses abound. In <i>Deep Medicine</i>, leading physician Eric Topol reveals how artificial intelligence can help. AI has the potential to transform everything doctors do, from notetaking and medical scans to diagnosis and treatment, greatly cutting down the cost of medicine and reducing human mortality. By freeing physicians from the tasks that interfere with human connection, AI will create space for the real healing that takes place between a doctor who can listen and a patient who needs to be heard. <br /> Innovative, provocative, and hopeful, <i>Deep Medicine</i> shows us how the awesome power of AI can make medicine better, for all the humans involved.
Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Wo...
by , Carol Tavris

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English

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249

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September 04, 2018

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<b><b>A compelling defense of hormone replacement therapy, exposing the faulty science behind its fall from prominence and empowering women to make informed decisions about their health. <br /><br /></b></b>For years, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was hailed as a miracle. Study after study showed that HRT, if initiated at the onset of menopause, could ease symptoms ranging from hot flashes to memory loss; reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, and some cancers; and even extend a woman's overall life expectancy. But when a large study by the Women's Health Initiative announced results showing an uptick in breast cancer among women taking HRT, the winds shifted abruptly, and HRT, officially deemed a carcinogen, was abandoned.<br /><br />Now, sixteen years after HRT was left for dead, Dr. Bluming, a medical oncologist, and Dr. Tavris, a social psychologist, track its strange history and present a compelling case for its resurrection. They investigate what led the public -- and much of the medical establishment -- to accept the Women's Health Initiative's often exaggerated claims, while also providing a fuller picture of the science that supports HRT. <br /><br />A sobering and revelatory read, <i>Estrogen Matters</i> sets the record straight on this beneficial treatment and provides an empowering path to wellness for women everywhere.<br /><br />
The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong--and How Eating Mo...
by James DiNicolantonio

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English

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274

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June 06, 2017

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<b>What if everything you know about聽salt聽is wrong? A leading cardiovascular research scientist explains how this vital crystal got a negative reputation, and shows聽how to lower blood pressure聽and experience聽weight loss聽using salt.聽<i>The Salt Fix聽</i>is essential reading for everyone on the keto diet!</b> <br /><b>聽</b> <br />We鈥檝e all heard the recommendation: eat no more than a teaspoon of salt a day for a healthy heart. Health-conscious Americans have hewn to the conventional wisdom that your salt shaker can put you on the fast track to a heart attack, and have suffered through bland but 鈥渉eart-healthy鈥?dinners as a result.聽 <br />聽 <br />What if the low-salt dogma is wrong?聽 <br />聽 <br />Dr. James DiNicolantonio has reviewed more than five hundred publications to unravel the impact of salt on blood pressure and heart disease. He鈥檚 reached a startling conclusion: The vast majority of us don鈥檛 need to watch our salt intake. In fact, for most of us, more salt would be advantageous to our聽nutrition鈥攅specially for those of us on the聽keto diet, as聽keto聽depletes this important mineral from our bodies.聽<i>The Salt Fix</i>聽tells the remarkable story of how salt became unfairly demonized鈥攁 never-before-told drama of competing egos and interests鈥攁nd took the fall for another white crystal:聽sugar. <br />聽 <br />According to聽<i>The Salt Fix,聽</i>too little salt can: <br />鈥?Make you crave sugar and refined carbs聽 <br />鈥?Send the body into semistarvation mode聽 <br />鈥?Lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and increased blood pressure and heart rate <br />聽 <br />But eating the salt you desire can improve everything, from your sleep, energy, and mental focus to your fitness, fertility, and sexual performance. It can even stave off common chronic illnesses, including heart disease. <br />聽 <br /><i>The Salt Fix</i>聽shows the best ways to add salt back into your聽diet, offering his transformative five-step program for recalibrating your salt thermostat to achieve your unique, ideal salt intake.聽Science聽has moved on from the low-salt dogma, and so should you鈥攜our life may depend on it.
The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for Yo...
by Scott E. Page

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English

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398

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November 27, 2018

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<b>How anyone can become a data ninja</b><br /><br /> From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In <i>The Model Thinker</i>, social scientist Scott E. Page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational models--from linear regression to random walks and far beyond--that can turn anyone into a genius. At the core of the book is Page's "many-model paradigm," which shows the reader how to apply multiple models to organize the data, leading to wiser choices, more accurate predictions, and more robust designs. <i>The Model Thinker </i>provides a toolkit for business people, students, scientists, pollsters, and bloggers to make them better, clearer thinkers, able to leverage data and information to their advantage.<br /><br />
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
by Nic Sheff

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English

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340

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April 24, 2009

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<b>The story that inspired the major motion picture <i>Beautiful Boy</i> featuring Steve Carell and Timoth茅e Chalamet<i>.</i></b><br /> <br /><b>This <i>New York Times </i>bestselling memoir of a young man鈥檚 addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery.</b><br /><br />Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait鈥攂ut not one without hope.
Medical Statistics Made Easy
by , Gordon Taylor

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English

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131

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June 16, 2014

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<p><b><i>Medical Statistics Made Easy</i></b> has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published in 2003 (#1 bestseller in medical statistics on Amazon). It is widely recommend on a variety of courses and programmes, from undergraduate medicine, through to professional medical qualifications.</p><br /><p>It is a book of key statistics principles for anyone studying or working in medicine and healthcare who needs a basic overview of the subject.聽</p><br /><p>Using a consistent format, the authors describe the most common statistical methods in turn and then rate them on how difficult they are to understand and how common they are.聽</p><br /><p>The worked examples that demonstrate the statistical method in action have been updated to include current articles from the medical literature and now feature a much wider range of medical journals.</p><br /><p>This third edition continues with the same structure as the previous editions and also features a completely revised "Statistics at work" section.</p><br /><p><br /><br /></p><br /><p>Medical Statistics Made Easy 3e scores 99/100 and 5 stars on Doody's (Sept 2014)! Here's what the reviewer said:</p><br /><p>"This is a practical guide to the use of statistics in medical literature and their application in clinical practice. The numerous examples help make the conceptualization of complex ideas easy. It is a great resource for healthcare students and clinicians in the field."</p>
Getting Started with R: An Introduction for Biologists
by , Owen L. Petchey

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English

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258

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February 23, 2017

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R is rapidly becoming the standard software for statistical analyses, graphical presentation of data, and programming in the natural, physical, social, and engineering sciences. Getting Started with R is now the go-to introductory guide for biologists wanting to learn how to use R in their research. It teaches readers how to import, explore, graph, and analyse data, while keeping them focused on their ultimate goals: clearly communicating their data in oral<br />presentations, posters, papers, and reports. It provides a consistent workflow for using R that is simple, efficient, reliable, and reproducible.<br /><br />This second edition has been updated and expanded while retaining the concise and engaging nature of its predecessor, offering an accessible and fun introduction to the packages dplyr and ggplot2 for data manipulation and graphing. It expands the set of basic statistics considered in the first edition to include new examples of a simple regression, a one-way and a two-way ANOVA. Finally, it introduces a new chapter on the generalised linear model.<br /><br />Getting Started with R is suitable for undergraduates, graduate students, professional researchers, and practitioners in the biological sciences.
Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic
by Matt McCarthy

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English

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304

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May 21, 2019

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<b><b>"An amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future."</b><br /><b>--Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> bestselling author of </b><b><i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i></b><b></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>A </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> bestselling author shares this exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs.</b></b><br /><br />Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable <i>Superbugs</i>, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity.<br /><br />Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources of innovative new medicines (often found in soil samples), to the cutting-edge DNA manipulation known as CRISPR, bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability. We also meet the patients whose lives are hanging in the balance, from Remy, a teenager with a dangerous and rare infection, to Donny, a retired New York City firefighter with a compromised immune system, and many more.<br /><br />The proverbial ticking clock will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Can Dr. McCarthy save the lives of his patients infected with the deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope?

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