September is a mid-point for the Northern hemisphere season of tropical cyclones. Where I live they are called hurricanes and in other places, cyclones and typhoons. By every name and in every circumstance, these storms can be the very apex of wind, rain and surge. Overall however, weather is fascinating. We all love rainy days…

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Science and medicine sometimes seem at odds. The health care practitioner seeks medicines and procedures that make people well and healthy. Science seeks to verify that medicines and procedures actually function as expected. The scientific process of doing multiple, well controlled studies takes a long time and often appears to hold back the availability of…

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Early clinical research was simply trying a new cure and seeing if patients got better. This method was very limited because people tend to heal over time regardless of interventions. The fact that humans are living organisms with strong powers of self-healing complicates the process of testing methods to improve healing. Over time researchers developed…

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