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BREAKING: Wikipedia Is NOT A Doctor — And A Study Confirms It
Taylor Casti, The Huffington Post 05/27/14 03:34 PM ET
Your high school teacher said it best: Wikipedia is not a reliable source.
The online encyclopedia that can be edited by experts and idiots alike is an easy source of information when trying to learn about a new topic. But a new study confirms what we all (hopefully) already know: Many entries — especially medical entries — contain false information, so don’t use Wikipedia in place of a doctor.
Dr. Robert Hasty of Campbell University in North Carolina, along with a team of researchers, published the study in this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The study calls the information published in 20,000-plus medical-related Wikipedia entries into question.
For the study, researchers identified the “10 costliest conditions in terms of public and private expenditure” — which included diabetes, back pain, lung cancer and major depressive disorder — and compared the content of Wikipedia articles about those conditions to peer-reviewed medical literature. Two randomly assigned investigators found that 90 percent of the articles contained false information, which could affect the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Now for those of you who are saying that it’s not the doctors themselves checking Wikipedia, you’d be wrong. According to a pair of studies from 2009 and 2010, “70% of junior physicians use Wikipedia in a given week, while nearly 50% to 70% of practicing physicians use it as an information source in providing medical care.”
Pew research suggests that 72 percent of Internet users have looked up health information online in the last year. False information on Wikipedia accounts — like a edited information about the side effects of a medication or false information about the benefits of one course of treatment over another — could encourage some patients to push their doctors toward prescribing a certain drug or treatment.
Moral of the story: Wikipedia can’t tell you if those sniffles are a symptom of the common cold or the West Nile Virus, so consult your doctor if you have health concerns. If you’re a doctor, we don’t know what to tell you, except maybe get off Wikipedia. (Isn’t that what med school was for?)
Check it out!
FGA Meeting: Divergent Thinking
Featuring games for kids and parents, a free Numinds’ parent talk, and a performance by the global finalist D.I. team from Griffin MS.
Griffin Middle School
Food will be available! As a fundraiser for the Global Finals Tournament, the DI team will provide a sub sandwich and a drink for $5. There will be a bake sale with delicious goodies as well! Don’t forget to RSVP to FGA at email@example.com and let us know how many would like dinner.
This annual event presents a great opportunity for students to gain exposure to the ISM program and the opportunities it can create for them.
Who: GT students and parents
What: ISM Final Presentation Night
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: Product Displays 6:30pm (Walk around and look at the different products the ISM students have been creating with their mentors, and ask them questions if you’d like!)
Mentor Recognition 7:05pm (Sit in the auditorium and learn about the program and listen to the students thank their mentors.)
Student Presentations 8:00pm (Visit a your favorite student’s product presentation to learn about what went into its creation!)
Where: Heritage High School Auditorium
(Excuse the one “bad” word, please. The message is important.)
The new provider for middle and high school SAT and ACT courses in Frisco ISD is The Princeton Review.
Attached is a flyer regarding a summer SAT prep course for parents of gifted students who will be 7th and 8th graders next year. This course is for students who would benefit from early exposure to this test and from the skills taught in the course. It should be noted that the content of the course will be taught at a higher level.
The flyer includes information about course location and cost. For more information, contact The Princeton Review directly.
Try the Humanities Texas Shakespeare Quiz! Readers who answer all sixteen questions correctly will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt. Please submit your answers by May 9, 2014, to be eligible for a prize. Take the quiz»
Kid and teen promo videos for the 2014 Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge are now live on YouTube! Please find them at these links.
Did you know you can get free audiobooks all summer long?
SYNC YA begins May 15 and the list of FREE Young Adult audio books is up on the site: http://www.audiobooksync.com. Each week over the summer, one modern YA audio book is paired with one classic YA audio book, and they are both FREE. Sign up now using your email or smart phone. If you have the Overdrive app, that is a great way to download the FREE books each week and listen to them. You can even import the audiobooks into iTunes after you download them.
SUMMER 2014 SYNC TITLE LINEUP
May 15 – May 21
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)
May 22 – May 28
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)
May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)
June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)
June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)
June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)
July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)
July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)
July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)
July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)
July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)
August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)