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Reference Errors on 4 March[edit]

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Thanks for your literature survey, but can you move it to the section Talk:Tetrahydrocannabinol#Myocardial_infarction to separate it from the discussions of Marinol that appear to sidetrack things? Second Quantization (talk) 15:09, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

The section Talk:Tetrahydrocannabinol#Marinol.2C_Cannabis.2C_and_Mortality is not specific to Marinol. Moreover, the sources that I listed include both myocardial infarction and stroke. Axl ¤ [Talk] 15:32, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Lead anesthesia[edit]

I've overhauled the lead. If you have a minute I could use a second set of eyes to read through it. Thx. Ian Furst (talk) 19:13, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Sure, I shall take a look. I shall leave comments on the talk page. Axl ¤ [Talk] 23:48, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Meditation and hypertension[edit]

Hi Axl. Thanks for your attention to detail in your edit to the sentence on alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure in the Hypertension article. That sentence now reads: "Different programs aimed to reduce psychological stress such a biofeedback, relaxation or transcendental meditation may be reasonable add-ons to other treatment to reduce hypertension." It cites Brook 2013. I see where Brook says biofeedback and Transcendental Meditation may be considered to lower blood pressure, but I don't see that it says the same for relaxation. What do you think? Should that be removed? Thanks. TimidGuy (talk) 11:17, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

I do not have access to the full paper. I assume that you are right that Brook does not recommend consideration of relaxation. I could not find other suitable sources that explicitly recommend relaxation. Therefore I agree that relaxation should be deleted from the sentence. Axl ¤ [Talk] 21:16, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Axl. Note that the AHA has made the full text available online for free, both as web page and pdf.[1] Once you confirm, would you be willing to make the edit? (In the past I was banned for two months for challenging the accuracy of Doc James's representation of sources, so I'm reluctant to do so.) TimidGuy (talk) 10:49, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for the link. I shall read the paper and post on the article's talk page. Axl ¤ [Talk] 11:30, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks much, Axl, for fixing that. And edits you made to the subsequent sentence fixed a couple misrepresentations that I noted. I guess the only question I have now is whether Brook 2013 supports the sentence that says research on transcendental meditation and biofeedback is generally low. TimidGuy (talk) 15:06, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Regarding transcendental meditation, Brook states "As a result of the paucity of data, we are unable to recommend a specific method of practice when TM is used for the treatment of high BP." For biofeedback: "a paucity of data precludes making recommendations for implementing a specific methodology to treat high BP in clinical practice."
I have deleted two of the older references. I have changed "quality" to "quantity". Is this reasonable? Axl ¤ [Talk] 10:10, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Axl. I think that would be accurate if we specified that the quantity of data is in the context of recommending a particular method of practice. It's not, as I understand, a statement about the quantity of data related to effectiveness. (In a subsequent exchange in the journal, it was clarified that there's only one method of practicing TM.) TimidGuy (talk) 10:39, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps you could suggest the exact text to state? Axl ¤ [Talk] 11:03, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Brook does say this toward the end: "There are several shortcomings in our present knowledge of the merits of alternative BP-lowering modalities. These include a paucity of well-designed, high-quality cardiovascular outcome trials in appropriate populations with hypertension with adequate control intervention groups for a number of nonpharmacological interventions." As I understand it, this means that even though the research suggests a reduction in blood pressure, there aren't enough studies showing whether this translates to a reduction in heart attacks, stroke, mortality rate, etc. For example, there's only one such study for TM. So your sentence could be adjusted slightly: "However, of the techniques with supportive evidence, there is a paucity of research on whether the modest reduction in blood pressure results in a reduction in cardiovascular disease." TimidGuy (talk) 10:53, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

How about this: "However, of the techniques with supportive evidence, there is limited information on whether the modest reduction in blood pressure results in prevention of cardiovascular disease." Axl ¤ [Talk] 19:52, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Perfect. Thanks, Axl. TimidGuy (talk) 10:01, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
Okay, I have changed the text in the article. Axl ¤ [Talk] 20:09, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

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Thank you for the barnstar. And I feel very satisfied that the article was able to make you interested in watching the film. Please do so, and then the article itself may become even more meaningful for you :)--Dwaipayan (talk) 14:24, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

YYYY-MM-DD dates[edit]

Hi Axl. The script I used previously on our FAs just recently added a YYYY-MM-DD date conversion option. Do you remember which of our FAs were using that convention as a standard? I figure it'd be best if I went through and updated the date format in those articles to reestablish YMD as a (consistent) standard now that I have the capacity to do so. Seppi333 (Insert  | Maintained) 21:34, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi Seppi333. I don't remember exactly which articles were involved, but I do know that "Lung cancer" was one of them. Axl ¤ [Talk] 21:53, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
Seems like the script's conversion option to YMD is nonfunctional at the moment. If that's the only article, then I'll probably go through and manually change them all back to the YMD format some time over the next week or two. Shouldn't take me too long to do it. Seppi333 (Insert  | Maintained) 01:03, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
I don't think that it's important. I'm sure that you have more productive things to do with your time. Axl ¤ [Talk] 01:06, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

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Dota 2 FAC[edit]

Thank you for your feedback- I can tell that you are meticulous and smart, which is exactly what I need for bringing this article to Featured Article status. Now, I did acknowledge most of what you recommended, but I did not a couple questions you could probably elaborate upon. DARTHBOTTO talkcont 21:39, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Hmm, about the page you brought up, I found it before, but I hesitated to add it because I wasn't sure if it was a reliable source and because the requirements are unsubstantiated. However, if you so desire, I could include it. Should I? DARTHBOTTO talkcont 18:37, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
I have commented on the FAC page. Axl ¤ [Talk] 20:39, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
I have addressed most of your concerns, but I'll need a bit of time to decide on how to approach the ones that I haven't rectified, because they're more complicated. DARTHBOTTO talkcont 20:13, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. Axl ¤ [Talk] 10:55, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Sure, I'll keep the formatting in mind. Not a problem! DARTHBOTTO talkcont 18:09, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
I have addressed all your remaining concerns on the FAC nomination page, though some of my replies merely constitute my conclusions about issues. DARTHBOTTO talkcont 23:56, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Error classification?[edit]

Hi Axl. A curiosity: You say it was the compiling researcher who classified the "discordances" as errors. Do you find that implied somewhere in the paper? My understanding has been that the "discordances" were merely interpreted (in the Discussion) as likely errors. Best wishes, (talk) 10:21, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Well, that is indeed what I mean. The researcher who drew up the conclusion decided that these "discordances" were likely errors in Wikipedia. Axl ¤ [Talk] 10:24, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
Ok, thanks Axl, that was my understanding too. Just checking I hadn't missed something (there wasn't any formal classification of errors). (talk) 10:27, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

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Accidental edit[edit]

Whoops, I accidentally pressed the wrong button somehow when I had my fingers on the mousepad and keys, and I accidentally reverted one of your edits on the Cervix page. I changed it back immediately. Sorry about that. Snowman (talk) 09:40, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Okay, thank you for letting me know. :-) Axl ¤ [Talk] 10:05, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Did you know[edit]

have a stub for Libby Weaver? I suggested a merge, meant to do that much earlier. Dougweller (talk) 18:24, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Re: Barnstar[edit]

Oh, thank you so much! Yes, I have been discouraged as of late, in between failing relationships and skin cancer, I just have trouble keeping patient when such good FAC work is derailed by the complacency of lazy editors who just say, "Yeah, I agree with the guy above". I really appreciate the effort you put into the FAC, as well as the other meticulous editors. I was honestly expecting better results at the end, before Jimmy gave his $0.02. I honestly really liked Jimmy's approach, even if it was harsh as the fires of hell, as I believe it will ensure it's ready for the next attempt. Once again, thank you for everything, Axl. DARTHBOTTO talkcont 08:09, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! Andrevan@ 22:42, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks for your input on Ketamine[edit]

Thanks for your contributions. I appreciate your input on the talk page. If you get a chance I'd appreciate a look at the other subjects I have brought up. I do a lot of reference and verification work but not so much content writing. The article is in need of some attention. Any help would be appreciated. I was going to finish going through the existing references before posting to Project Medicine. If you think I should post something there now let me know. Best. - - MrBill3 (talk) 10:30, 28 July 2014 (UTC)


Many thanks for the barnstar. Really appreciate it. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 18:40, 16 August 2014 (UTC)