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Data linkage and data sharing in clinical trials: Good in principle, complex in practice

Although clinical trials generate vast amounts of data, a large portion is never published or made available to other researchers. Data sharing could advance scientific discovery and improve clinical care by maximizing the knowledge gained from data collected in trials, stimulating new ideas for research, and avoiding unnecessarily duplicative trials. Institute of Medicine

Hot Joints Become a Hot Topic: A New Early Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic at Queen’s University

      hand Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune condition that causes joint pain and swelling, systemic fatigue and ultimately can lead to joint deformity and disability. It afflicts women more than men. The bad news is that RA is getting more common. In Ontario there were almost 100,000 adults with RA in 2010, reflecting a prevalence of 0.9%.

Thoughts on Reading for Pleasure

A good book takes us to other worlds and allows us to walk in the shoes of people who are very different from ourselves. We read in order that in one lifetime we may understand the many experiences and possibilities of humanity. A book can open our minds to new ideas, liberates us from conventional wisdom, relieve daily tedium or transport us to new worlds. For those with children, reading aloud, reading together creates enduring memories of voice and togetherness.

Finding things hard to swallow? A POEM for you

Q: What benign condition causes weight loss, difficulty swallowing solids and liquids, regurgitation, and retrosternal chest pain? A: Achalasia Q: Where in Canada can the latest, nonsurgical treatment for achalasia be found? A: Queen’s University (Kingston General Hospital, KGH) Spring has arrived and with it the welcome influx of talented new faculty and new Programs of Distinction.

Zika, Chikungunya and Mosquitoes: To the Vector goes the Spoils

The emergence of these novel viral pathogens underscore the fact that we have entered into a brave new world of infectious diseases, some of which are far more likely to decimate humankind than a rogue asteroid or other cataclysmic event -Gerald Evans, Chair, Infectious Diseases, Queen’s University   The 21st Century sometimes seems like an era of free-floating anxiety. Television, radio and news media bathe our brains with stories of global warming, guns, terrorism, despots, and bizarrely unpleasant presidential candidates.

What is the Opposite of Schadenfreude?

It is December 3rd, 2015. I am standing in Grant Hall at Queen’s University, surrounded by students, faculty and reporters. Faces are illuminated with smiles. There is palpable feeling of happiness and contentment in the room. A colleague takes the stage. People are on their feet. The circumstance of this happy gathering was a send off for one of our own, Dr. Art McDonald, who departed days later for Stockholm to be acknowledged on the world stage as co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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