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The Good Analysts from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the FEMA trailers had too much formaldehyde (well, yeah) but also that it was due to cheap materials, sloppy design, and drumroll please, lax or non-existing government standards. It’s rare for a gov’t report to directly say the standards need to be tighter. The…

The Post really screwed this one up, not so much because they took a side on an issue in news piece (this is close to an opinion piece), but because it gets so much wrong and doesn’t even address the rest of the story. Issue 1: Science will save them! I’ve been over this before,…

From the non-news that’s news’ department, Reuters reproted on a study that showed that ~15% of patients who took Sutent, a kidney and cancer drug, developed heart failure. Dr Melinda Telli presented information on 48 patients who took Sutent at an American Society of Clinical Oncology. You’d think this was new information the way it’s…

Everyone knows by now that the show Eli Stone misrepresents the facts about thimerosal and autism in it’s fictional story of a lawyer going after a pharmaceutical after they put “mercuritol” in vaccines. It’s clear that the story is supposed to mimic the thimerosal issue but as some defenders of the show say, hey, it’s…

In an Slate article critiquing Marian Burros’ story about mercury levels in fish, Jack Shafer takes issue with the omission of any discussion of a review published in 2000 in Environmental Research entitled “Twenty-seven Years Studying the Human Neurotoxicity of Methylmercury Exposure”. Mr Shafer goes on for a while about the findings of this paper,…

A reader sent an article from The Pink Sheet (an industry rag focused on Pharma). If you’ve never read industry-specific news publications, you’re really missing out. They’re really facinating and instructive. Sometimes you get early knowledge about industry trends and others, if you’re lucky, that are not so subtle messages to other readers. This is…

Or so says USA Today on the front page, paragraph two (regarding sausage, bacon and lunchmeat). Of course they are contradicted on paragraph 8 by someone who says that “you can still occasionally have a hot dog”. The no safe level of bacon sounded fishy to me so I dug through the report (all 517…

More on Bisphenol A

If you haven’t seen it yet, USA Today is doing a series called “toxic legacy“. First was lead, then mercury, and today, plastics. Well, really it’s about BPA. We’ve dicussed BPA here before and I’m not going to rehash it. The article is good but doesn’t give a lot of new information if you have…

So cancer death rates are going down. This is good. What’s left out of all the news coverage is the question: So what’s going up. Face it, we all die. The all cause, all age mortality rate isn’t changing as fast as cancer, stroke, and heart disease. What’s going up then? Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Hypertensive…

Perhaps I should call this entry Mr Kawamura, CA secretary of the state department of Food and Agriculture, is a moron. Background The Monterey area has a problem with the light brown apple moth. Apparently it’s been there for a while but now the state is concerned. They want to spray a pheramone to disrupt…