Angry Toxicologist

Archives for July, 2007

A study in Neurology came out today ($ required) that found that those with better reading skills had 2.5 times less cognitive brain damage due to lead! Reading ability is one of the best ways to measure cognitive reserve (CR), the ability to maintain good cognitive performance despite disease or injury. It is also related…

Meatheads of the Week (or so) Michael Vick, Tim Donaghy, Michael Rasmussen, and Barry Bonds for good measure. For Dogs, Gambling, Lying, and Doping. The Wonderful World of Sports! Genius of the Week Kyle Smith. For his brilliant review of The Simpsons movie as a Simpsons script. You must go read it. Fat people are…

Seems appropriate since controversial topics like vaccines are on the agenda this week. A study published in EHP finds that high fluoride (mean of 8.3 mg/L) or arsenic in water decreases IQ (it’s very rare to have a fluoride level this high in the US, artificial fluoridation is supposed to be 0.7-1.2 mg/L and usually…

Stupidity of lying

I’m angry so today you get what you came for… I wrote a post on Autism and Vaccines a while back that went through why there are people still arguing about this and took the position that I don’t think that there is a link between autism and thimerosal but that some of the arguments…

A study done at the University of Michigan found that organic crops produced yields no different than conventional farming in developed countries and may actually increase the yields in developing countries. This could be for a couple of reasons including “narrow row spacings, environmentally friendly soil conservation practices and natural insect control” but also the…

The NYTimes reports today that the Charles River is clean enough to swim in. Well, sort of. Caveats: No diving…lest that stir up the toxic sediment at the bottom of the river. Do not expect to see the river bottom. The water is too murky. Be prepared to encounter bits of flotsam and jetsam. Toxic…

For the un-initiated, I believe Fridays are good for coffee (I only drink caffeine once a week), doughnuts, and random stuff, not science (does this get me kicked off Science Blogs?). Meathead of the Week: Ken Ziman, partner at Simpson Thatcher. A piece in the NYTimes talks about how law firms are giving summer associates…

A study this month ($) in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?), looked at poison control data during 2001 for two herbal supplements: St. John’s wort and Echinacea. There were 356 contacts for SJW and 406 contacts for Echinacea. That’s not what interests me; we know the compounds are bioactive…

The NYTimes reports that some genetic links to restless leg syndrome have been found and this might reduce the ridicule that the drugs that treat the condiditon are getting. Not from this quarter, though. Almost all of our traits have a gentic link. That doesn’t mean they need to be cured. I have a wandering…

Al Gore: Not Omnipotent

Gee, ya think? At Al Gore’s daughter’s wedding he, gasp, ate some Chilean Sea Bass, which is endangered. A lot of people are getting in a huff about this. Hmm…Possibly, possibly it could be because Mr Gore didn’t look over, research, and approve every aspect of his daughter’s wedding? C’mon, just because the guy stands…