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Technologies Review | August 17, 2018

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Posts By Jelena D

Is Informed Consent Still Central to Medical Ethics?

July 14, 2018 |

The debate surrounding informed consent, whether or not it is relevant, revolves around difficulties of implementation. Is it possible for patients to truly make an informed decision regarding medical decisions? In addition, what role should the medical professional play in the decision-making process?

Robert M. Arnold, MD and Professor Charles W. Lidz argue that informed consent is still very much relevant in today’s clinical settings. They believe informed consent helps foster open communication between medical professionals and patients, in addition to contributing to patient autonomy. However, they acknowledge difficulties in implementation. Robert M. Veatch, on the other hand, argues against the necessity of informed consent continuing to play a pivotal role in medical ethics. He believes a more effective system can be developed to address issues currently being addressed by informed consent. In his view, informed consent is no longer adequate in a world in which medical procedures are becoming ever … Read More

Pharmaceutical Marketing: The Cause of the High Cost Prescriptions?

June 30, 2018 |

The profits being made in the pharmaceutical industry are out of control and it’s causing many to go without their medications due to the inability to afford them. The pharmaceutical industry in the United States have extremely high marketing expenses. The companies claim that it costs more than $800 million in research and development to put one new drug on the market. Research has shown that only 22 percent of pharmaceutical employees are employed in research and development, whereas, 39 percent are employed in marketing.

Pharmaceutical companies are using tactics like giving free lunches to physicians and they’re staff and giving gifts for promoting their drugs. In some cases, it has been reported that drug companies have tried to persuade physicians with large sums of money for prescribing their drugs or take part in clinical trials that we’re actually disguised marketing tactics. If you work in the medical field, you know … Read More

Leadership Skills: Consistency

June 25, 2018 |

To many people, the worst kind of leader is not a strict one, or a demanding one, or even a mean one. People can adjust to almost any kind of leadership style, so long as they know what to expect. When a leader’s expectations differ from day to day, though, it becomes difficult for anyone to follow. Further, when a leader treats people differently based on his/her mood, those people not only have difficulty performing their tasks, but in fact lose respect for that leader. As such, more than anything else, a leader needs to be consistent in his/her approach to leading.

Emerson Weighs In

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” There are, indeed, times when consistency should be overruled by common sense. If a particular approach to a problem proves to be ineffective, it is foolish to continue to apply the same … Read More

Could This Economic Recession Turn into Another Depression?

June 19, 2018 |

The statistics don’t lie. The clear message we are receiving from the economic data that comes out each and every week is that things are very bad in our country’s economy, and things are still getting worse. The light at the end of the tunnel is certainly not showing up in regards to the economy.

The housing bubble was the first sign we got that the economy was in trouble. The second sign was the credit markets and their freezing up. The third sign was the stock market and it’s horrific performance in the late summer and early fall of 2008. The fourth sign is that consumer’s confidence has plunged to levels never measured before in some surveys. The fifth, and most major of all these signs is the employment market and the terrible hit it has taken in the last few months. The fact that our economy lost 1.9 million … Read More

What is Dark Energy and Dark Matter?

June 14, 2018 |

When astronomers discovered that galaxies are moving apart from each other, this led to the “Big Bang” theory on the origin of the universe. However, when they were better able to precisely measure the rate of expansion, they were shocked to realize that the expansion is actually accelerating. This defied logic because over time gravity should be slowing the expansion. The only explanation for this was that there must be an as yet undiscovered, unmeasured force, far stronger than gravity, which was repelling galaxies. Scientists dubbed this strange force “dark energy.”

Dark energy is called “dark” because nobody really understands what it is. However, there is definitely something happening to accelerate the rate of expansion. In fact, to account for the expansion, scientists estimate that 74% of the universe is dark energy. Although it would not happen until billions of years in the future scientists fear that dark energy will cause the universe to expand … Read More

Article Writing Tips: What’s Interrupting You?

June 10, 2018 |

One of the most common problems article writers face is interruptions. Since most writers work at home, this adds to the potential interruptions and if you have children or even indoor pets (or both), this adds more distractions to your writing day.

If you want to be able to write more articles, it’s going to be important to cut out as many distractions as possible. The only way to do this is to find out what’s really interrupting you and then determine a way to prevent this as much as possible.

Here’s one way to find out what interrupting you. First when you sit down to write, keep a notepad by your side with a pen or pencil handy. Each time throughout your workday that you are interrupted, make a little note of what it is that’s interrupting you.

At the end of the day, take a look at this notepad or paper. What was … Read More

How Role Play Improves Writing Skills

June 7, 2018 |

Text-based role playing in chat rooms and instant messages began as an interesting way to pass the time when I was about 12 or 13. But, throughout the years that it was a mindless hobby, it developed skills within me as a fiction writer that I didn’t become aware of until six years later.

Storytelling and Character Development:

In text-based role play, it is necessary that you present your character as best you can to the other player. For the sake of keeping my RP partner awake and interested, I would use as few descriptive words as possible to paint a picture or express a specific kind of character. By doing so, I’ve learned how to tell a story in such a way that it continues to move with few snags and slow spots. And, along the way, paint a vivid picture (I hope) in the reader’s mind of the characters used to tell the … Read More

Hottest Certifications For Competitive IT Specialists

March 30, 2018 |

Nearly everyone knows that experts project steady growth for the information technology (IT) career field over the next few years; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports claim that expected job growth rates within the IT job market will surpass most other industries. While all IT positions have the potential for growth, expertise in specialized technology like virtualization and server administration give qualified IT professionals a decided edge. Here are some of the hottest certifications for competitive IT specialists.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

Although there are different computing platforms available for individuals and businesses to use, Microsoft is the noted leader of the pack for applications, operating systems, and servers. Microsoft’s training and certification programs have become nearly as well-known as the products that they support. There are eight specific certification categories for IT professionals to pursue, and each certification is virtually synonymous with job competence. One of the most popular categories … Read More

Career Opportunities with Microsoft Courses

March 20, 2018 |

The Information Technology field is undeniably unique as a form of study. The reasons for this are myriad, but the one that’s probably the most troubling for up and coming students of technology is the speed with which new developments come down the pipe. Information that is gained by even the most dedicated students in the course of a typical undergraduate career is usually outdated by the time they graduate, with the possible exception of logical mathematics courses, such as discrete math.

In today’s job market, staying competitive means diversifying your demonstrable skill set, and the best way to do that is by seeking out extracurricular certification courses from Microsoft. Whether you’re fresh out of college, or you’ve been working with computer for 20 years, keeping your skills and knowledge about today’s technology updated and current will always be a time investment that pays off.

Even if you’ve already completed a degree in a technology-related … Read More