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Healthy scholarship: 'Half the medical literature suffers from statistical flaws'

(tribune.com.pk): Almost 50 per cent of medical literature published today in medical journals around the world has statistical flaws, ultimately misleading people," Prof John Biggs, the former Cambridge University postgraduate medical education dean said on Tuesday.Prof Biggs was visiting the University of Health Sciences (UHS), where he gave a lecture during a seminar on Biological Data Analysis with Hands-on Training in Statistical Software.
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The rejected Google e-books settlement: What it means and what comes next

(latimesblogs.latimes.com): More than a year after giving it preliminary approval, U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin on Tuesday rejected the Google Books Amendment Settlement Agreement, yet left a door open for the parties to try for a revision. "The motion for final approval of the ASA is denied, without prejudice to renewal in the event the parties negotiate a revised settlement agreement," he wrote.
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Global awareness of tablets and e-readers rising fast

(siliconindia.com): According to a BCG survey of more than 14,000 consumers in 16 markets including China, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S., the initial consumer interest in these devices, which reached a crescendo in April 2010 with the release of Apple's iPad, remains strong. Apple sold 3 million iPads in the U.S. in the first 80 days after its release.
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Publishers Remain Committed to Expanding Online Access to Books And Upholding Copyright Despite Court Decision

(publishers.org): While the March 22 decision of U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin on the Google Book Settlement Agreement that was filed on November 13, 2009 is not the final approval, it provides clear guidance to all parties as to what modifications are necessary for its approval. The publisher plaintiffs are prepared to enter into a narrower Settlement along those lines to take advantage of its groundbreaking opportunities. The Settlement has the potential to unlock online access to millions of out-of-print books in the U.S. and expand it for titles in-print while acknowledging and compensating the rights and interests of authors and copyright owners and enhancing our ability to distribute our content online.
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Research Practices Must Be Changed to Minimize Fraud, Deception

(prnewswire.com): Scientists, journals, the media and public need to reassess how studies are conducted, published and promoted, say U-M physicians in JAMA commentary. In 1998, a study linking the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism in children appeared in a respected medical journal. For a decade, the study grabbed headlines worldwide.
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