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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Language

English

Pages

393

Publication Date

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 Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the ...
by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

January 21, 2020

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<b>A thrilling聽story of scientific detective work and medical potential that illuminates the newly understood role of microglia鈥攁n elusive type of brain cell that is vitally relevant to our everyday lives.</b><br />聽<br /><b>鈥淭he rarest of books: a combination of page-turning discovery and remarkably readable science journalism.鈥濃€擬ark Hyman, MD, #1聽<i>New York Times</i>聽bestselling author of聽<i>Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?</i></b> <br /><br /> Until recently, microglia were thought to be merely the brain鈥檚 housekeepers, helpfully removing damaged cells. But a recent groundbreaking discovery revealed them to be capable of terrifying Jekyll and Hyde behavior. When triggered鈥攁nd anything that stirs up the immune system in the body can activate microglia鈥攖hey can morph into destroyers, impacting a wide range of issues from memory problems and anxiety to depression and Alzheimer鈥檚. Under the right circumstances, however, microglia can be coaxed back into being angelic healers, able to repair the brain in ways that help alleviate symptoms and hold the promise to one day prevent disease.<br /><br /> A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of this cutting-edge science, <i>The Angel and the Assassin</i> also explores the medical implications of these game-changing discoveries. Award-winning journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa began her investigation with a personal interest鈥攚hen diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder years ago, she was convinced there was something physical going on in her brain as well as her body, though no doctor she consulted could explain how the two could be interacting in this way. With the compassion born of her own experience, she follows practitioners and patients on the front lines of treatments that help to 鈥渞eboot鈥?microglia鈥攆rom neurofeedback and intermittent fasting to transcranial magnetic stimulation and gamma light flicker therapy. She witnesses patients finding significant relief from pressing symptoms鈥攁nd at least one stunning recovery鈥攐ffering new hope to the tens of millions who suffer from mental, cognitive, and physical health issues.<br /><br /> Proving once and for all the biological basis for the mind-body connection, the discovery of the true role of microglia stands to rewrite psychiatric and medical texts as we know them. Hailed as 鈥渞iveting,鈥?鈥渟tunning,鈥?and 鈥渧isionary,鈥?<i>The Angel and the Assassin</i> offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health and promises to change everything we thought we knew about how to heal ourselves.
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

Pages

423

Publication Date

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

Pages

341

Publication Date

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.
The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for Yo...
by Scott E. Page

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English

Pages

398

Publication Date

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 />
New Developments in Classification and Data Analysis: Proceedings...
by Springer

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

March 30, 2006

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This volume contains revised versions of selected papers presented during the biannual meeting of the Classification and Data Analysis Group of SocietA Italiana di Statistica, which was held in Bologna, September 22-24, 2003. The scientific program of the conference included 80 contributed papers. Moreover it was possible to recruit six internationally renowned invited spe- ers for plenary talks on their current research works regarding the core topics of IFCS (the International Federation of Classification Societies) and Wo- gang Gaul and the colleagues of the GfKl organized a session. Thus, the conference provided a large number of scientists and experts from home and abroad with an attractive forum for discussions and mutual exchange of knowledge. The talks in the different sessions focused on methodological developments in supervised and unsupervised classification and in data analysis, also p- viding relevant contributions in the context of applications. This suggested the presentation of the 43 selected papers in three parts as follows: CLASSIFICATION AND CLUSTERING Non parametric classification Clustering and dissimilarities MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS APPLIED MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS Environmental data Microarray data Behavioural and text data Financial data We wish to express our gratitude to the authors whose enthusiastic p- ticipation made the meeting possible. We are very grateful to the reviewers for the time spent in their professional reviewing work. We would also like to extend our thanks to the chairpersons and discussants of the sessions: their comments and suggestions proved very stimulating both for the authors and the audience.
Stem Cell Therapy: A Rising Tide: How Stem Cells Are Disrupting M...
by Neil H Riordan

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

June 18, 2017

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Stem cells are the repair cells of your body. When there aren鈥檛 enough of them, or they aren鈥檛 working properly, chronic diseases can manifest and persist.<br /><br />From industry leaders, sport stars, and Hollywood icons to thousands of everyday, ordinary people, stem cell therapy has helped when standard medicine failed. Many of them had lost hope. These are their stories.<br /><br />Neil H Riordan, author of MSC: Clinical Evidence Leading Medicine鈥檚 Next Frontier, the definitive textbook on clinical stem cell therapy, brings you an easy-to-read book about how and why stem cells work, and why they鈥檙e the wave of the future.<br /><br /><br />鈥淣eil takes readers on a riveting journey through the past, present and future of stem cell therapy. His well-researched, educational and entertaining book could change your life. I highly recommend it.鈥?<br />Tony Robbins, NY Times #1 Bestselling Author<br /><br />100 years old will soon become the new 60. Stem cells are a key therapeutic to enable this future. Dr. Riordan鈥檚 book is your guide to why this is true and how you will benefit. A must read for anyone who cares about extending their healthy lifespan.鈥?lt;br />Peter H. Diamandis, MD; Founder, XPRIZE & Singularity University; Co-Founder, Human Longevity, Inc.; Author of NY Times Best Sellers Abundance and Bold<br />
Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Wo...
by , Carol Tavris

Language

English

Pages

249

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<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.</b> <br /><br /> 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.
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
by Nic Sheff

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English

Pages

340

Publication Date

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.
Contingency Table Analysis: Methods and Implementation Using R (S...
by Maria Kateri

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

May 17, 2014

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<p>Contingency tables arise in diverse fields, including life sciences, education, social and political sciences, notably market research and opinion surveys. Their analysis plays an essential role in gaining insight into structures of the quantities under consideration and in supporting decision making. Combining both theory and applications, this book presents models and methods for the analysis of two- and multidimensional-contingency tables.</p><p>An excellent reference for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and practitioners in statistics as well as biosciences, social sciences, education, and economics, the work may also be used as a textbook for a course on categorical data analysis. Prerequisites include basic background on statistical inference and knowledge of statistical software packages.<br /></p>

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