Democratizing Science & Medicine

Overview The advent of advanced digital technologies is a feature of our global landscape that could facilitate the democratic distribution of opportunities for scientific exploration, knowledge production, and consumption in ways that were once thought to be impossible. However, the universal human right to participate in science and engineering is an idea that is understated …

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), Prescribing & Dispensing Policies | Do they function to mediate help or harm?

“Overall, opiod prescribing rates have been shown to decrease in some states after implementation of PDMPs, but no significant changes have been found in others. Studies on the effects of PDMPs on opiod overdoses have similarly been mixed with some studies finding no chance in overdose following PDMP implementation, and others finding an increase in overdose. In addition, there has been considerable concern among researchers that the rise in heroin use and overdose starting in 2010 may have been an unintended consequence of policies like the PDMP that reduced the supply of prescription opioids for non-medical use.

Friston et al; The Disconnection Hypothesis (2016)

doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2016.07.014  SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH 2016 Karl Friston, Harriet R. Brown, Jakob Siemerkus, Klaas E. Stephan Twenty years have passed since the dysconnection hypothesis was first proposed (Friston and Frith, 1995; Weinberger, 1993). In that time, neuroscience has witnessed tremendous advances: we now live in a world of non-invasive neuroanatomy, computational neuroimaging and the Bayesian brain. …

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