Math as Mass Hypnosis: On Mortgage-Backed Securities, Maritime Warfare, and Medical Research (MedScape Today)

The problems with the mathematical models started when banks started offering mortgages without knowing a borrower’s assets or income. (These were called “NINjA” loans, as in “No Income? No Assets?
Here is a loan anyway.”) Models don’t generally run very well unless you have good data to plug into the model; therefore, analysts were forced to make what amounted to an educated guess as to the
chance that a NINjA loan would end in default. …

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Individual Interventions May Be More Effective Than Family-Based Therapy in Reducing Teen Alcohol Abuse (MedScape CME)

According to the study, alcohol is the most frequently used substance among adolescents. Previous research shows that less than 50% of 8th graders have used alcohol, whereas 50% of 12th graders
reported ever being drunk, 30% reported participating in binge drinking, and 3% drank daily.

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What Should We Do About Medical Marijuana? (Medcape International Medicine)

Philosophically, I agree that further research and easier access for medical use are good things if marijuana can help alleviate patient suffering. As a primary care physician and a mother,
however, I worry that becoming too lax with restrictions might make it easier to obtain for nonmedical use. The AMA report also reminds us that “whether or not cannabis is a gateway drug to other
substance misuse is controversial.” That’s what makes this issue hit close to my home and my office.

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European Parliament to Investigate WHO and “Pandemic” Scandal

The Parliamentary inquiry will look into the issue of „falsified
pandemic“ that was declared by WHO in June 2009 on the advice of its
group of academic experts, SAGE, many of whose members have been
documented to have intense financial ties to the same pharmaceutical
giants such as GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Novartis, who benefit from the
production of drugs and untested H1N1 vaccines. …

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