Angry Toxicologist

Archives for September, 2007

Get a friggin’ backbone, FDA

The NYTimes reports today on an upcoming HHS OIG (Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General) report among other things audited less than 1% of clinical trial testing sites. When they did show up it was usually after the trial was finished. The worst part of it is, when the inspectors did find…

It’s nice to a see a good study every once in a while and after about 30 years of debating whether preservatives cause hyperactivity/attention deficit. I can’t go into all the studies that have been done because there are too many. Suffice it to say that the methodologies were always lacking, and the results uneven…

I’ve been AWOL this week on SB; life, apparently, is not concerned with what is convienent for you. Anywho… The House on thursday passed the FDA reform bill (H.R. 3580) by a huge margin (405-7) and the Senate passed it last night by a voice vote. As an aside, Sen Burr (R-NC) placed a hold…

Three things I thought you might find interesting today, starting with the shortest: Don’t pass the gas. When you get crude oil, there is usually a natural gas pocket that goes along with it. Most drillers just burn it off. According to the World Bank, the gas burned off last year was enough to supply…

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine ($ required) was published this week that found that from 1998 to 2005, adverse drug reactions increased 2.6 times (89,842 in 2005) while the number of scripts written only went up 0.65 times (65%). Fatal events increased 2.7 times. The real interesting things about the study were…

Knee Jerks

I couldn’t have said it better myself so I won’t try. I stumbled accross this yesterday (it’s about a month old). Via Slate. This week, some big thinkers about biotechnology came to Washington for a “progressive bioethics summit.” They invited me to go and talk to them. I like these people, but I’m not a…

It must have been a slow news day over at MSN because they headlined a story that was pegged to a study published in 2005 (as far as I can tell). Anyway, the point of the article was that air fresheners aren’t good for you. Hopefully this isn’t a revelation for anyone (You mean that…

I read a couple of critiques of Going Tribal (Or Tribe depending on whether you watch via the BBC or the Discovery Channel) lately that piqued my interest. The first was by The Times and the other was from Short Sharp Science(S^3). For the uninitiated, the Times gives a pretty good, if rather snarky, synopsis…

Recycled: Obliterating your lungs

A man who eats a lot of popcorn (2 bags a day) has been diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans (via NYTimes). The fact that diacetyl is still used is rediculous so I re-posted the popcorn/obliterated lung piece. What is interesting about this is that we’ve all known for a long time that this is harmful for…

Tea: “I’m a poser”

Well, we’ve gone over why tea supplements aren’t a good idea, but the question of chemoprevention by drinking tea is still up in the air. I thought it would be interesting to lay out what’s been done. Let’s start with the basics: How would tea inhibit carcinogensis? No idea. There are dozens of ways in…