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The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Science-New | Posted on 07-02-2011-05-2008

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1439158649 : The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
ISBN: 1439158649

 
Author: Seth Mnookin

WHO DECIDES WHICH FACTS ARE TRUE?

In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist with a history of self-promotion, published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and, in the process, helped to launch one of the most devastating health scares ever. In the years to come Wakefield would be revealed as a profiteer in league with class-action lawyers, and he would eventually lose his medical license. Meanwhile one study after another failed to find any link between childhood vaccines and autism.

Yet the myth that vaccines somehow cause developmental disorders lives on. Despite the lack of corroborating evidence, it has been popularized by media personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Jenny McCarthy and legitimized by journalists who claim that they are just being fair to “both sides” of an issue about which there is little debate. Meanwhile millions of dollars have been diverted from potential breakthroughs in autism research, families have spent their savings on ineffective “miracle cures,” and declining vaccination rates have led to outbreaks of deadly illnesses like Hib, measles, and whooping cough. Most tragic of all is the increasing number of children dying from vaccine-preventable diseases.

In The Panic Virus Seth Mnookin draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is? The fascinating answer helps explain everything from the persistence of conspiracy theories about 9/11 to the appeal of talk-show hosts who demand that President Obama “prove” he was born in America.

The Panic Virus is a riveting and sometimes heart-breaking medical detective story that explores the limits of rational thought. It is the ultimate cautionary tale for our time.

Pages: 448
 
Binding: Hardcover
 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Year: 2011

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter

Posted by admin | Posted in Entertainment-New, New Releases, Nonfiction-New, Parenting & Families-New | Posted on 05-02-2011-05-2008

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0061711527 : Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
ISBN: 0061711527

 
Author: Peggy Orenstein

The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty: the rise of the girlie-girl, she warns, is not that innocent.

Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source—the source—of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages.

But, realistically, how many times can you say no when your daughter begs for a pint-size wedding gown or the latest Hannah Montana CD? And how dangerous is pink and pretty anyway—especially given girls’ successes in the classroom and on the playing field? Being a princess is just make-believe, after all; eventually they grow out of it. Or do they? Does playing Cinderella shield girls from early sexualization— Read the rest of this entry »

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Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy

Posted by admin | Posted in Business & Investing-New, New Releases, Nonfiction-New, Professional & Technical-New | Posted on 30-01-2011-05-2008

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0470930225 : Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy
ISBN: 0470930225

 
Author: Andrew Liveris

America used to define itself by the things it built. We designed and produced the world’s most important innovations, and in doing so, created a vibrant manufacturing sector that built the middle class. We manufactured our way to the top and became the undisputed economic leader among all nations. But over the last several decades, and especially in the last ten years, the sector that was America’s great pride has eroded, costing millions of jobs and putting our long-term prosperity at risk. Now, as we struggle to recover from the worst recession in generations, our only chance to turn things around is to revive the American manufacturing sector—and to revolutionize it. In MAKE IT IN AMERICA: The Case for Reinventing the Economy, Andrew Liveris — Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company—offers a thoughtful and passionate argument that America’s future economic growth and prosperity depends on the strength of its manufacturing sector. The book

  • Explains how a manufacturing sector creates economic value at a scale unmatched by any other, and how central the sector is to creating jobs both inside and outside the factory.
  • Explores how other nations are building their manufacturing sectors to stay competitive in the global economy, and describes how America has failed to keep up.
  • Provides an aggressive, practical and comprehensive agenda that will put the U.S. back on track to lead the world.

It’s time to stop accepting as inevitable the shuttering of factories and staggering job losses that have come to define manufacturing. It’s time to acknowledge the cost of inaction. There is no better company to make the case for reviving U.S. manufacturing than the Michigan-based The Dow Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and one of its most global corporations. And there’s no better book to show why it needs to be done and how to do it than MAKE IT IN AMERICA.

Andrew Liveris is Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, one of the largest multinational corporations in the world and a leader in science and technology.

Q&A with Author Andrew Liveris

What is the biggest factor to explain the dramatic loss of U.S. manufacturing sector jobs that began in the 1970s?

Author Michael Burchell

There are a lot of reasons that the U.S. manufacturing sector has lost jobs over the last four decades, but they boil down to this. The world changed, and our policy approach did not change with it. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Science-New | Posted on 22-01-2011-05-2008

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0307265633 : The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
ISBN: 0307265633

 
Author: Brian Greene

From the best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos comes his most expansive and accessible book to date—a book that takes on the grandest question: Is ours the only universe?

There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space: a multiverse in which you have an infinite number of doppelgängers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; a multiverse comprising a vast ocean of bubble universes, of which ours is but one; a multiverse that endlessly cycles through time, or one that might be hovering millimeters away yet remains invisible; another in which every possibility allowed by quantum physics is brought to life. Or, perhaps strangest of all, a multiverse made purely of math.

Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a captivating exploration of these parallel worlds and reveals how much of reality’s true nature may be deeply hidden within them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2011 Edition

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, New Used Textbooks | Posted on 19-01-2011-05-2008

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1437716431 : Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2011 Edition
ISBN: 1437716431

 
Author: Carol J. Buck MS CPC CPC-H CCS-P

Take your first step toward a successful career in medical coding with comprehensive coverage from the most trusted source in the field! Step-by-Step Medical Coding is the practical, easy-to-use resource that shows you exactly how to code using all of today’s coding systems, providing an in-depth introduction to essential coding concepts followed by practice exercises that reinforce your understanding. In addition to coverage of reimbursement, ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, and inpatient coding, the 2011 edition now provides full coverage of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system in preparation for the transition in 2013. No other text on the market so thoroughly prepares you for all coding systems in one source!

  • Carol J. Buck’s proven step-by-step approach guides you through difficult concepts in the most direct, straightforward manner to ensure complete understanding.
  • Dual coding prepares you for the switch to ICD-10. In Units 3-5, for every exercise and chapter review question with an ICD-9 answer, you are provided with the matching ICD-10 code. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

Posted by admin | Posted in Professional & Technical, Science | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008

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1593272200 : The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook
ISBN: 1593272200

 
Author: Michael Kerrisk

The Linux Programming Interface is the definitive guide to the Linux and UNIX programming interface?the interface employed by nearly every application that runs on a Linux or UNIX system.

In this authoritative work, Linux programming expert Michael Kerrisk provides detailed descriptions of the system calls and library functions that you need in order to master the craft of system programming, and accompanies his explanations with clear, complete example programs.

You’ll find descriptions of over 500 system calls and library functions, and more than 200 example programs, 88 tables, and 115 diagrams. You’ll learn how to:

  • Read and write files efficiently
  • Use signals, clocks, and timers
  • Create processes and execute programs
  • Write secure programs
  • Write multithreaded programs using POSIX threads
  • Build and use shared libraries
  • Perform interprocess communication using pipes, message queues, shared memory, and semaphores
  • Write network applications with the sockets API

While The Linux Programming Interface covers a wealth of Linux-specific features, including epoll, inotify, and the /proc file system, its emphasis on UNIX standards (POSIX.1-2001/SUSv3 and POSIX.1-2008/SUSv4) makes it equally valuable to programmers working on other UNIX platforms.

The Linux Programming Interface is the most comprehensive single-volume work on the Linux and UNIX programming interface, and a book that’s destined to become a new classic.

Praise for The Linux Programming Interface

“If I had to choose a single book to sit next to my machine when writing software for Linux, this would be it.” ?Martin Landers, Software Engineer, Google

“This book, with its detailed descriptions and examples, contains everything you need to understand the details and nuances of the low-level programming APIs in Linux . . . no matter what the level of reader, there will be something to be learnt from this book.” ?Mel Gorman, Author of Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager

“Michael Kerrisk has not only written a great book about Linux programming and how it relates to various standards, but has also taken care that bugs he noticed got fixed and the man pages were (greatly) improved. In all three ways, he has made Linux programming easier. The in-depth treatment of topics in The Linux Programming Interface . . . makes it a must-have reference for both new and experienced Linux programmers.” ?Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager, openSUSE, Novell

“Michael’s inexhaustible determination to get his information right, and to express it clearly and concisely, has resulted in a strong reference source for programmers. While this work is targeted at Linux programmers, it will be of value to any programmer working in the UNIX/POSIX ecosystem.” ?David Butenhof, Author of Programming with POSIX Threads and Contributor to the POSIX and UNIX Standards

“. . . a very thorough?yet easy to read?explanation of UNIX system and network programming, with an emphasis on Linux systems. It’s certainly a book I’d recommend to anybody wanting to get into UNIX programming (in general) or to experienced UNIX programmers wanting to know ‘what’s new’ in the popular GNU/Linux system.” ?Fernando Gont, Network Security Researcher, IETF Participant, and RFC Author

“. . . encyclopedic in the breadth and depth of its coverage, and textbook-like in its wealth of worked examples and exercises. Each topic is clearly and comprehensively covered, from theory to hands-on working code. Professionals, students, educators, this is the Linux/UNIX reference that you have been waiting for.” ?Anthony Robins, Associate Professor of Computer Science, The University of Otago

“I’ve been very impressed by the precision, the quality and the level of detail Michael Kerrisk put in his book. He is a great expert of Linux system calls and lets us share his knowledge and understanding of the Linux APIs.” ?Christophe Blaess, Author of Programmation systeme en C sous Linux

“. . . an essential resource for the serious or professional Linux and UNIX systems programmer. Michael Kerrisk covers the use of all the key APIs across both the Linux and UNIX system interfaces with clear descriptions and tutorial examples and stresses the importance and benefits of following standards such as the Single UNIX Specification and POSIX 1003.1.” ?Andrew Josey, Director, Standards, The Open Group, and Chair of the POSIX 1003.1 Working Group

“What could be better than an encyclopedic reference to the Linux system, from the standpoint of the system programmer, written by none other than the maintainer of the man pages himself? The Linux Programming Interface is comprehensive and detailed. I firmly expect it to become an indispensable addition to my programming bookshelf.” ?Bill Gallmeister, Author of POSIX.4 Programmer’s Guide: Programming for the Real World

“. . . the most complete and up-to-date book about Linux and UNIX system programming. If you’re new to Linux system programming, if you’re a UNIX veteran focused on portability while interested in learning the Linux way, or if you’re simply looking for an excellent reference about the Linux programming interface, then Michael Kerrisk’s book is definitely the companion you want on your bookshelf.” ?Loic Domaigne, Chief Software Architect (Embedded), Corpuls.com

Pages: 1552
 
Binding: Hardcover
 
Publisher: No Starch Press Year: 2010

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