A significant new publication on a rare disease. It is part a stream of 21st Century medical insight and research: scientific, thorough, and with a new understanding of the limitations placed on medical research with limited sample sizes. In particular, this publication uses an unprecedented level of statistical analysis that appears to be… flawless. It arms physicians, practitioners, and mid-wives, with traits and their underlying causes, so that on-site symptoms might be diagnosed based on these pre- and post- in situ results.
And in the latest issue of APSNews, a medical physicist studies the changes occurring when competitive athletes change gender. Again, a low number, but a growing trend. Such research will not only enhance the lives of those that it affects, but for the Medical Sciences ushers in new insights into how to treat small sample sizes with rigourous science.
Physicist Joanna Harper says, “There is a question of how do we decide who gets into women’s and men’s sports, and I feel strongly at this point that testosterone should be the tool we use to separate male athletes from female athletes. But there is a great percentage of the populace that is skeptical…”