Category Archives: Research

Citizen science: feed your inner geek

Citizen science is a hot topic right now and will only grow over time. Citizen science projects are studies where non-professional scientists help with the research. You can get involved in citizen science projects in a number of ways. Sometimes the work is online and on other occassions it involves hands-on field observations. It’s totally up to you and your interests.

A great place to start getting a feel for what’s available is the Scientific American Citizen Science blog or the just-launched PLOS blog CitizenSci.

This post is a quick run-down of the types of projects for citizen scientists, ranging from crowdsourcing for online analysis of data to DIY science.

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Scientific study tests whether acupuncture can help menopausal hot flushes

News Story

A Melbourne doctor has started a trial of acupuncture for menopausal women after finding many of her patients did not want to take hormone replacement therapy.

Dr Caroline Ee, a general practitioner and acupuncturist from the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, has already completed a pilot study of 23 women but needs more women for this study.

“I tried using acupuncture for a few women who were flushing and they felt a lot better,” Ee says.

Ee says there is controversy about universities teaching complementary medicine, but that it is important to look at these treatments because many people use them.

“Our study is one of the examples of the ways in which we are using very strict scientific principles to examine an old therapy,” she says.

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