• Epidemiology & medical statistics
      June 2014

      Medical Statistics Made Easy, third edition

      by Michael Harris|Gordon Taylor

      Medical Statistics Made Easy 3e scores 99/100 and 5 stars on Doody's (Sept 2014)! Here's what the reviewer said: "This is a practical guide to the use of statistics in medical literature and their application in clinical practice. The numerous examples help make the conceptualization of complex ideas easy. It is a great resource for healthcare students and clinicians in the field." Medical Statistics Made Easy has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published in 2003 (#1 bestseller in medical statistics on Amazon). It is widely recommend on a variety of courses and programmes, from undergraduate medicine, through to professional medical qualifications. It is a book of key statistics principles for anyone studying or working in medicine and healthcare who needs a basic overview of the subject. Using a consistent format, the authors describe the most common statistical methods in turn and then rate them on how difficult they are to understand and how common they are. The worked examples that demonstrate the statistical method in action have been updated to include current articles from the medical literature and now feature a much wider range of medical journals. This new third edition continues with the same structure as the previous editions and also includes a new section on statistical process controls. From reviews of the second edition: "We would recommend this book as an introduction into medical statistics before plunging into the deep 'statistical' waters! It gives confidence to the reader in taking up the challenge of understanding statistics and [being] able to apply knowledge in analysing medical literature." Stefanie Zhao Lin Lip & Louise Murchison, Scottish Medical Journal, June 2010 "If ever there was a book that completely lived up to its title, this is it... The whole way in which the authors have written this book is commendable; the chapters are succinct, easy to follow and a pleasure to read...Is it value for money? – a definite yes even at twice the price. Of course I never exaggerate but if you breathe, you should own this book!" Ian Pearce, Urology News, June 2010

    • Epidemiology & medical statistics
      June 2013

      Genetic Epidemiology

      Methods and Applications

      by Melissa A Austin, Terri H Beaty, W David Dotson, Kelly Edwards, Stephanie M Fullerton, Marta Gwinn, Muin J Khoury, Barbara McKnight, Deborah Nickerson, Ruth Ottman, Bruce M Psaty, Stephen M Schwartz, John A Stamatoyannopolous, Janet L Stanford, Timothy A Thornton

      Genetic epidemiology plays a key role in discovering genetic factors influencing health and disease, and in understanding how genes and environmental risk factors interact. There is growing interest in this field within public health, with the goal of translating the results into promoting health and preventing disease in both families and populations. This textbook provides graduate students with a working knowledge of genetic epidemiology research methods. Following an overview of the field, the book reviews key genetic concepts, provides an update on relevant genomic technology, including genome-wide chips and DNA sequencing, and describes methods for assessing the magnitude of genetic influences on diseases and risk factors. The book focuses on research study designs for discovering disease susceptibility genes, including family-based linkage analysis, candidate gene and genome-side association studies, assessing gene-environment interactions and epistasis, studies of Non-Mendelian inheritance, and statistical analyses of data from these studies. Specific applications of each research method are illustrated using a variety of diseases and risk factors relevant to public health, and useful web-based genetic analysis software, human reference panels, and repositories, that can greatly facilitate this work, are described. Concluding with a review of ethical issues and a framework for translating human genomics research to clinical practice and public health benefit, this textbook is an essential new resource for graduate students in epidemiology and public health genetics.

    • Epidemiology & medical statistics
      December 2012

      Pandemic Influenza

      by John Watson, Richard Pebody, John S Oxford, Ab Osterhaus, Arnold Monto, Jim McMenamin, Seema Jain, Joanne Enstone, Ben Killingley, John Simpson, Peter G Grove, Luc Hessel, Angus Nicoll, David Hagen, Elaine M Gadd, Lance C Jennings, Caroline Brown, Michaela Hegermann-Lindencrone, Lindsey Davies, Andy Wapling, Martyn Regan, Chris Packham, Isaac Weisfuse, Lim Wei Shen, Geert Leroux-Roels, Peter Carasco, Sophia Desillas, Thomas Szucs, Edited by Jonathan Van-Tam, Chloe Sellwood.

      Pandemic influenza is a re-emerging pathogen with serious public health consequences. The A(H1N1) pandemic in 2009/10 and the continuing threat to humans from avian influenza A(H5N1) and other novel influenza viruses have both underlined the importance of preparedness at local, national and international levels. With a strong emphasis on practicality, this book offers comprehensive coverage of the science and operational application of influenza epidemiology, virology and immunology, vaccinology, pharmaceutical and public health measures, biomathematical modelling, policy issues and ethics involved in preparing for and responding to pandemic influenza. Each chapter raises key questions and answers them in clear and concise sections, detailing relevant modelling studies and further reading. Comprehensively updated to incorporate major lessons from the 2009/10 pandemic, this second edition includes new contributions on surveillance, International Health Regulations, clinical management and local health service responses, illustrated with vibrant international case studies. Written in an easily accessible style by global experts, this is an essential text for students of public health and those involved in local, national and international pandemic preparedness and response.

    • Epidemiology & medical statistics
      November 2012

      Statistical Epidemiology

      by Graham Law, Shane Pascoe

      Statistics are a vital skill for epidemiologists and form an essential part of clinical medicine and public health. This textbook introduces students to statistical epidemiology methods in a carefully structured and accessible format. With clearly defined learning outcomes, the suggested chapter orders can be tailored to the needs of students at both undergraduate and graduate level from a range of academic backgrounds. The book covers study design, measuring disease, bias, error, analysis and modelling and is illustrated with figures, focus boxes, study questions and examples applicable to everyday clinical problems. Drawing on the authors' extensive teaching experience, the text provides an introduction to core statistical epidemiology that will be a valuable resource for students and lecturers in health and medical sciences and applied statistics, health staff, clinical researchers and data managers.

    • Epidemiology & medical statistics
      November 2012

      Statistical Epidemiology

      by Graham Law, Shane Pascoe

      Statistics are a vital skill for epidemiologists and form an essential part of clinical medicine and public health. This textbook introduces students to statistical epidemiology methods in a carefully structured and accessible format. With clearly defined learning outcomes, the suggested chapter orders can be tailored to the needs of students at both undergraduate and graduate level from a range of academic backgrounds. The book covers study design, measuring disease, bias, error, analysis and modelling and is illustrated with figures, focus boxes, study questions and examples applicable to everyday clinical problems. Drawing on the authors' extensive teaching experience, the text provides an introduction to core statistical epidemiology that will be a valuable resource for students and lecturers in health and medical sciences and applied statistics, health staff, clinical researchers and data managers.

    • Horse racing
      March 2013

      Past and Future Vision of Veterinary Research

      Study of Factors Affecting Racehorse Performance in Hong Kong

      by Author(s): Kenneth Lam

      The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Veterinary Departments have enabled an environment suitable to set an international benchmark on a project concept to enhance the welfare of racehorses, based on research using extensive and detailed data collection within an integrated framework.Retrospective analysis of data collected over the past several years has been made available. The approach outlined in this book has two broad objectives. The first is to investigate outcomes of interest using data which has already been collected. Outcomes of interest are likely to include (though not be limited to), variables that influence injury, retirement or performance. The second broad objective is to extend the approach to a more general assessment of the usefulness of different data types and different variables, and the assessment of data collection, collation, analysis and reporting methodology, as well as the development of intervention strategy.This book concludes with a philosophical view point on the veterinary management of thoroughbred racing injuries in which a “think-out-of-the-box” concept in assessing the risk of racehorse injuries is discussed. One outcome of this is an integrated technology approach for tracking horse performance, recently developed by Cambridge Design UK.The integrated technology (flight deck recorder concept) for monitoring trackwork and race performance of racehorses can allow a standardised review of detailed training data and biometric readings from direct measurements of individual horse, to assess the progress of performance and the effect of track conditions. The development of integrated performance tracking technology is mission critical for the worldwide racing industry to optimize horse welfare, safety and racing performance, as well as to enhance the integrity of racing.

    • Environmental science, engineering & technology
      February 2019

      The Overestimation of Medical Consequences of Low-Dose Exposure to Ionizing Radiation

      by Author(s): Sergei V. Jargin

      This book shows that the medical consequences of low-dose, low-rate exposures to ionizing radiation have been overestimated by certain scientists, which apparently occurred in accordance with unofficial policies and directives. It analyses and exposes the biases and hidden conflicts of interest in numerous scientific publications overestimating the medico-biological consequences of low-dose radiation. After the Chernobyl accident, many publications exaggerated its medical consequences. Among the motives for this were financing, publication pressure, and career prospects. The accident has been exploited to strangle nuclear energy, thus boosting fossil fuel prices. In more developed countries, anti-nuclear sentiments have been supported by green activists, in agreement with the interests of fossil fuel producers, certain companies and governments. Today, however, there are no alternatives to nuclear energy; in the long run, non-renewable fossil fuels will become more expensive, contributing to the excessive population growth in oil-producing regions and to poverty elsewhere.

    • Horse racing
      March 2013

      Past and Future Vision of Veterinary Research

      Study of Factors Affecting Racehorse Performance in Hong Kong

      by Author(s): Kenneth Lam

      The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Veterinary Departments have enabled an environment suitable to set an international benchmark on a project concept to enhance the welfare of racehorses, based on research using extensive and detailed data collection within an integrated framework.Retrospective analysis of data collected over the past several years has been made available. The approach outlined in this book has two broad objectives. The first is to investigate outcomes of interest using data which has already been collected. Outcomes of interest are likely to include (though not be limited to), variables that influence injury, retirement or performance. The second broad objective is to extend the approach to a more general assessment of the usefulness of different data types and different variables, and the assessment of data collection, collation, analysis and reporting methodology, as well as the development of intervention strategy.This book concludes with a philosophical view point on the veterinary management of thoroughbred racing injuries in which a “think-out-of-the-box” concept in assessing the risk of racehorse injuries is discussed. One outcome of this is an integrated technology approach for tracking horse performance, recently developed by Cambridge Design UK.The integrated technology (flight deck recorder concept) for monitoring trackwork and race performance of racehorses can allow a standardised review of detailed training data and biometric readings from direct measurements of individual horse, to assess the progress of performance and the effect of track conditions. The development of integrated performance tracking technology is mission critical for the worldwide racing industry to optimize horse welfare, safety and racing performance, as well as to enhance the integrity of racing.

    • Environmental science, engineering & technology
      February 2019

      The Overestimation of Medical Consequences of Low-Dose Exposure to Ionizing Radiation

      by Author(s): Sergei V. Jargin

      This book shows that the medical consequences of low-dose, low-rate exposures to ionizing radiation have been overestimated by certain scientists, which apparently occurred in accordance with unofficial policies and directives. It analyses and exposes the biases and hidden conflicts of interest in numerous scientific publications overestimating the medico-biological consequences of low-dose radiation. After the Chernobyl accident, many publications exaggerated its medical consequences. Among the motives for this were financing, publication pressure, and career prospects. The accident has been exploited to strangle nuclear energy, thus boosting fossil fuel prices. In more developed countries, anti-nuclear sentiments have been supported by green activists, in agreement with the interests of fossil fuel producers, certain companies and governments. Today, however, there are no alternatives to nuclear energy; in the long run, non-renewable fossil fuels will become more expensive, contributing to the excessive population growth in oil-producing regions and to poverty elsewhere.

    • Health & Personal Development

      Asbestos: The Future Risk

      by Barbara Hadley & Tom Rennell

    • Medicine
      July 2012

      Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences

      by Martyn Pickersgill, Ira Keulen, Barbara Katz Rothman

      This volume addresses the need for sociological insight through empirically rich, theoretically innovative chapters that range across methods, traditions and foci in order to cast new light on the place, role and impact of neuroscience.

    • Medicine
      October 2011

      Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences

      by Martyn Pickersgill, Ira Keulen, Barbara Katz Rothman

      This volume addresses the need for sociological insight through empirically rich, theoretically innovative chapters that range across methods, traditions and foci in order to cast new light on the place, role and impact of neuroscience.

    • Medicine
      February 2010

      Understanding Emerging Epidemics

      Social and Political Approaches

      by Ananya Mukherjea

      This volume focuses on the contributions that social scientists can make to understanding emerging epidemics, their impact, the threats they pose, and their social and political contexts. While many of the international articles focus on infectious disease, some discussion is given to treating psychiatric epidemics and the analysis of the political and cultural meanings that epidemics have. A sociological volume on emerging epidemics, covering psychiatric or psychological diseases as well as infectious disease is long overdue and topics included here are as wide ranging as: bipolar disorder; obesity; malaria; HIV/AIDS; SARS; West Nile Virus; pandemic influenzas; deviance; depression; ADHD; Alzheimer's; and autism. This valuable reference tool empirically examines emerging epidemics themselves and offers a theoretical analysis of the use of epidemics and epidemiology as frameworks for understanding these phenomena. It will appeal to a broad audience of readers of researchers and practitioners in this field, ranging from those involved in public health policy, human security and community health to medical sociologists and other scientists working in health and medicine.

    • Medicine
      September 2006

      Ethics and Epidemics

      by John A. Balint, Sean Philpott, Robert Baker, Martin A. Strosberg

      "The Advances in Bioethics" series is devoted to publishing collections of original papers and multi-authored volumes that advance the field of bioethics either by exploring new areas, or by taking new approaches to traditional areas. Although the series is published in English, its scope is international, and manuscripts are welcome from authors throughout the world. Divided into three sections this volume covers: Human Rights, Public Safety, and Public Policy; Practitioner Responsibilities During Times of Epidemics; Global Dimensions of Epidemics - each chapter in the book goes in depth to discuss the issues surrounding the topic in question and combines a theoretical thought process with practical application.

    • Medicine
      June 2014

      Medical Statistics Made Easy

      by Michael Harris, Gordon Taylor

      Medical Statistics Made Easy 3e scores 99/100 and 5 stars on Doody's (Sept 2014)! Here's what the reviewer said: "This is a practical guide to the use of statistics in medical literature and their application in clinical practice. The numerous examples help make the conceptualization of complex ideas easy. It is a great resource for healthcare students and clinicians in the field." Medical Statistics Made Easy has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published in 2003 (#1 bestseller in medical statistics on Amazon). It is widely recommend on a variety of courses and programmes, from undergraduate medicine, through to professional medical qualifications. It is a book of key statistics principles for anyone studying or working in medicine and healthcare who needs a basic overview of the subject. Using a consistent format, the authors describe the most common statistical methods in turn and then rate them on how difficult they are to understand and how common they are. The worked examples that demonstrate the statistical method in action have been updated to include current articles from the medical literature and now feature a much wider range of medical journals. This new third edition continues with the same structure as the previous editions and also includes a new section on statistical process controls. From reviews of the second edition: "We would recommend this book as an introduction into medical statistics before plunging into the deep 'statistical' waters! It gives confidence to the reader in taking up the challenge of understanding statistics and [being] able to apply knowledge in analysing medical literature." Stefanie Zhao Lin Lip & Louise Murchison, Scottish Medical Journal, June 2010 "If ever there was a book that completely lived up to its title, this is it... The whole way in which the authors have written this book is commendable; the chapters are succinct, easy to follow and a pleasure to read...Is it value for money? – a definite yes even at twice the price. Of course I never exaggerate but if you breathe, you should own this book!" Ian Pearce, Urology News, June 2010 ;

    • Medicine
      March 2014

      Clinical Evidence Made Easy

      by Michael Harris, Gordon Taylor, Daniel Jackson

      Clinical Evidence Made Easy scores maximum 100 and 5 stars on Doody's (Sept 2014)! Here's what the reviewer said: "This is one of a number of basic science books on evidence-based medicine and a very good addition to the library. The authors present the concepts in a unique and simple way that is easy to read and understand." Clinical Evidence Made Easy is a concise and accessible introduction for any healthcare professional looking to understand clinical data sources. As clinical evidence becomes increasingly important in healthcare it is vital that healthcare professionals can read, analyse and understand the clinical data being presented. This book will equip the reader with the core skills and knowledge to make sense of the clinical evidence, without over-burdening them with information and jargon. Building on the success of the other ‘Made Easy’ books (Medical Statistics Made Easy, Healthcare Economics Made Easy, Practice Accounts Made Easy), this is a book for non-specialists who need knowledge of the key tools and techniques so they can understand the clinical data, but who have no need to become experts in the subject. Clinical Evidence Made Easy will enable healthcare workers in all fields to understand and implement the results from clinical trials, clinical journals and other data sources with confidence. ;

    • Epidemiology & medical statistics
      March 2014

      Clinical Evidence Made Easy

      by Michael Harris|Gordon Taylor|Daniel Jackson

      Clinical Evidence Made Easy scores maximum 100 and 5 stars on Doody's (Sept 2014)! Here's what the reviewer said: "This is one of a number of basic science books on evidence-based medicine and a very good addition to the library. The authors present the concepts in a unique and simple way that is easy to read and understand." Clinical Evidence Made Easy is a concise and accessible introduction for any healthcare professional looking to understand clinical data sources. As clinical evidence becomes increasingly important in healthcare it is vital that healthcare professionals can read, analyse and understand the clinical data being presented. This book will equip the reader with the core skills and knowledge to make sense of the clinical evidence, without over-burdening them with information and jargon. Building on the success of the other ‘Made Easy’ books (Medical Statistics Made Easy, Healthcare Economics Made Easy, Practice Accounts Made Easy), this is a book for non-specialists who need knowledge of the key tools and techniques so they can understand the clinical data, but who have no need to become experts in the subject. Clinical Evidence Made Easy will enable healthcare workers in all fields to understand and implement the results from clinical trials, clinical journals and other data sources with confidence.

    • Epidemiology & medical statistics
      November 2014

      Health Science Statistics using R and R Commander

      by Robin Beaumont

      Health Science Statistics using R and R Commander has been written for students, researchers and professionals who need a practical guide to the subject. R is an open source statistical package that is finding favour in a wide variety of statistics applications. Initially R was the preserve of trained statisticians. However, it is increasingly being used with non-specialist audiences, at both postgraduate and senior undergraduate levels. The book focuses on the graphical user interface, R Commander, which helps make R more user-friendly for the uninitiated. However, throughout the book, the R code behind R Commander is provided to allow the reader to program directly if required. The book provides both the practical skills and essential knowledge to enable the reader to perform their own statistical analyses in R and to interpret the results appropriately. The book starts with introductory chapters which demonstrate how to install and run R and R Commander effortlessly. It then builds from introductory statistics chapters (calculating correlations and t tests) through to more complex areas (structural equation modelling, log linear regression etc.). Each chapter begins with a thorough introduction to the statistical technique under discussion. Then, working through real-life data, the reader is shown how to do their own analysis using R Commander, followed by a demonstration of how to do this analysis in R directly. The later chapters also show how to write up findings in the correct format. For specific analyses other free applications are introduced to supplement R (OpenEpi, Gpower and Ωnyx). Throughout, the reader is given essential tips and advice to help get to grips with carrying out the analysis and intelligently reflecting on the output. Health Science Statistics using R and R Commander is accompanied by an array of web-based material including: additional online chapters discussion board R code for each chapter multiple choice questions links to other resources including websites, blogs and tutorials Health Science Statistics using R and R Commander is a comprehensive introduction to statistics in the health sciences combined with a hands-on practical guide to R (and related free software).

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