Profile: Hilda Bastian

Academic Editor

Hilda Bastian works to make clinical effectiveness research accessible, including with a clinical epidemiology cartoon blog, Statistically Funny. Her day job is editor of PubMed Health and PubMed Commons. And she's an academic editor for PLOS Medicine. Follow on Twitter @hildabast and at

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George Orwell, 1948, and Nineteen Eighty-Four

In an odd coincidence, George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four are back in the news - right around the anniversary of his death. This post takes a look at his illness and treatment and a major historical change in clinical research.
* The thoughts Hilda Bastian expresses here at Absolutely Maybe are personal, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Institutes of Health or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Category: History

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How to Spot Research Spin

Researchers try to gain attention by using terms that are too advanced for the everyday reader. It’s believed that more common used words might require a lower cognitive level to understand and therefore get better results and acceptance.

Category: Science

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‘Just’ Joking? Sexist Talk in Science

Responding to the narrative about the Tim Hunt Situation. Science is dominated by a narrow slice of the world’s demographics. It’s tough for “outgroups” to gain and maintain a foothold and respect. Humor can be used to create a quick bridge between people. But it can also reinforce outgroups’ otherness and relatively marginal social status.

Category: Social Awareness

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